Psychology Vocabulary Quiz  

You can study psychology vocabulary on several pages in On this page there is a brief review of the most important concepts (with links at the bottom to more information) and a 20-question quiz on some words that are important for understanding psychology .discussions.

Psychology is the study of the human mind and of human behavior.

Psychologists include neuroscientists who study the brain and nervous system. They experiment with perception (how we see, hear, and experience life), cognitive function (mental abilities like intelligence, memory, reason and judgment), and emotion.

They also study nervous system disorders and dysfunctions like Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and memory loss, diseases of the nerves, and spinal cord injuries and paralysis.

Behavioral psychologists study behavior (the ways people act). Social psychologists study the interactions between people. They are interested in empathy— our response to the feelings and sufferings of others, submission and domination, how people act in groups, and all the different ways people respond to life and to each other.

Clinical psychologists (as well as psychiatrists, who are medical doctors specializing in treating mental illness) try to treat (help) people with mental illness or dysfunctions.

Some of the conditions they treat are addictions, autism, depression, phobias, anxiety, obsessions and compulsions. They also treat psychosis (severe mental illness), which includes schizophrenia with its hallucinations, paranoia, and bipolar disease with manic and depressive periods that can both make life very difficult for those who suffer from it.

The therapies (types of treatments) they use include medications, behavior modification, psychoanalysis and other talk therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT—helping people look at and change their way of thinking so they can change how they act), and many combinations  or variations of these.

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Did you find the quiz helpful? You can make comments or suggestions below. For more vocabulary practice in some of these areas, see the links below.

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Scientific Method Vocabulary discusses key words used in research. These methods are used by all kinds of researchers: neuroscientists studying brain function, developmental psychologists observing growth and change over time, and behavioral scientists examining the different ways people react to stress or conducting a survey of attitudes in different groups. (The Science Vocabulary pdf practices more of these words. You can right click to download it.)

English Detective newsletters #9, 10, and 28 have interesting reading and listening selections on neuroscience and brain functioning, and #33 examines a few aspects of mental dysfunctions and their treatments. For links to those readings and to practice activities, see back issues.

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