You can study psychology vocabulary on several pages of EnglishHints. On this page, there's a brief review of the most important concepts. (There are links at the bottom to more information.)
Then there's a 20-question quiz on some words that are important for understanding psychology .discussions.
Psychologists study everything related to the human mind and human behavior.
Developmental psychologists observe growth and change over time.
Behavioral psychologists study behavior (the ways people act). For example, they may study people's reactions to stress.
Social psychologists study the interactions between people. They are interested in empathy— our response to the feelings and sufferings of others.
They study submission and domination, how people act in groups, and the different ways people respond to life and to each other.
Neuroscientists study the brain and nervous system. They experiment with
(These are all important aspects of psychology.) They also study nervous system disorders and dysfunctions.
psychologists treat people with mental disorders. (So do psychiatrists, who are medical doctors specializing in treating mental illness.)
They treat addictions, autism, depression, phobias, anxiety, obsessions and compulsions.
They also treat psychosis (severe mental illness). Schizophrenia can cause disordered thinking, hallucinations, or paranoia. Bipolar disease has manic and depressive periods. Both can make life very difficult.
They have various therapies (types of treatments) to help people with these conditions. Therapies include combinations of medications, behavior modification, psychoanalysis, and other talk therapies.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people change their way of thinking so they can change how they act.
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