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Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Until about 100 years ago, it was a branch of philosophy. Depending on the time period, psychology has been used as the term to describe the study of the mind, brain, behavior, consciousness, and soul. Contemporary psychology focuses on topics such as the biological bases of behavior, sensation, perception, memory, cognition, emotion, motivation, learning, language, dreaming, social interaction, prejudice, development, aging, intelligence, personality, and stress.
Psychology is a broad field. Abnormal psychology observes maladaptive behavior patterns and psychopathology. Clinical psychology applies therapeutic methods to the treatment of individuals experiencing problems in life. Comparative psychology studies similarities and differences in behavior of various animal species. Developmental psychology measures the stability and change of characteristics, such as intelligence or social skills, over the life span. Educational psychology is concerned with improving teaching methods and learning in the classroom. Industrial or organizational psychology studies work and working environments, then applies findings to improve job satisfaction and productivity. Personality psychologists examine individual differences across a number of personal attributes, such as shyness and conscientiousness. Physiological psychologists investigate biological bases of behavior, focusing on the nervous system. Social psychology interprets behaviors of individuals in groups and how people affect one another's behavior. Positive psychologists evaluate factors that contribute to human happiness in order to improve the mental well-being of patients.
The thread that unifies the diverse, multi-disciplinary areas of psychological science is the notion that it can be studied in a systemic, clinical way.
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