Psychology is the scientific (but non-medical) study of the mind, including perception, mental processes, emotions, and associated behaviour.
The study of psychology includes aspects of:
- rational and irrational thought
- romance, and many other aspects of human experience.
There are many Schools of Psychology. The expression "School of Psychology" refers to an approach to, or way of thinking about and describing the way the human mind processes experiences and associated behaviours - not educational establishments that teach psychology.)
Examples of Schools of Psychology include:
- Introspectionist (incl. Freudian, Jungian and Adlerian)
- Gestaltist (incl. the Gestalt approach to visual perception)
- Behaviourist, and
The branches of (i.e. functional or professional sub-specialities within) psychology include:
- ... and others.
Psychology is not to be confused with psychiatry - the medical study of the mind, mental processes, and mental illnesses and disorders.
- A scientific specialist in the field of psychology is called a psychologist.
- The adjective used to refer to psychology is psychological.
Links to related areas of this website:
- Glossary section: Visual Perception Research (an aspect of perceptual psychology)
- Glossary section: General Medical Terms