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English definition of “psychology”

psychology

noun [U]     /saɪˈkɒl.ə.dʒi/ US  /-ˈkɑː.lə-/
B2 the scientific study of the way the human mind works and how it influences behaviour, or the influence of a particular person's character on their behaviour: She studied psychology at Harvard. a lecturer in psychology child psychology the psychology of the soldier → Compare psychiatryScience of psychology and psychoanalysisMind and personalitySubjects and disciplines
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