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Synesthesia Synesthesia

I Hear Red. I Taste 5.

For 11 year old Elizabeth, the world of math is an unexpectedly colorful one. Elizabeth experiences digits as colors. If she sees or hears the number 5, her brain experiences it as the color red. The number 2 is yellow to her mind. Does that mean that five plus two equals orange? "No," Elizabeth says with a laugh....

Cultural Differences in Psychology Cultural Differences In Psychology

Cultural Influences in Psychology

You might assume that a study in psychology, regardless of where it was undertaken, can be applied to our understanding of human nature as a whole - that, for example, the attachments formed between mother and baby are universal and will be the identical regardless of where a person lives. However, this assumption has been challenged by those studying...

Cultural Differences in Psychology
Psychology Studies and Experiments Psychology Studies And Experiments

Psychology Studies and Experiments

Psychologist World contains many, many experiment, study and theory explanations. Those referenced below are listed by author. If you're looking for a study name, please use the search above (note that repeated names below link to different articles on studies by a psychologist): Colter (1971) Goorney (1968) Koller...

Psychology Studies and Experiments
Rational Emotive Therapy Rational Emotive Therapy

Think Rationally.

Rational Emotive Therapy, sometimes called Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, is a form of therapeutic psychology that emerges from behaviorism. It attempts to use reason and rationality to recognize self-defeating cognitive processes, and learn to emote more appropriately. Effectively, the idea is that subconscious destructive behaviors are...

Rational Emotive Therapy
Observational Psychology Observational Psychology

Observational Psychology

Observational psychology is an interdisciplinary system of study that usually falls under the banner of the psychology of learning. The psychology of learning is a particular branch of psychological study that attempts to draw conclusions about how people learn, what it means to learn a behavior, and how this understanding of learning can be applied in a...

Observational Psychology
Environmental Psychology Environmental Psychology

Environmental Psychology

Environmental psychology is an interdisciplinary field that attempts to study the interplay between environment and psychology. The term "environment" here is often used somewhat loosely, and environmental psychologists might study a broad range of topics, such as how architecture affects behavior, how environment in the sense of family life or...

Environmental Psychology
Evolutionary Approach in Psychology Evolutionary Approach In Psychology

Our Evolving Behavior

Just as evolutionary theories in the biological sciences assume that living things adapt generation-by-generation to survive in their environment, in psychology, the evolutionary approach (also referred to as "evolutionary psychology") involves the study of our cognitive processes and behavior with the view that they too have been altered over...

Evolutionary Approach in Psychology
Phobias Phobias


Common fears and phobias and their names.

Reductionism in Psychology Reductionism In Psychology

Reductionism in Psychology

In psychology, reductionism refers to a theory that seems to over-simplify human behavior or cognitive processes, and in doing so, neglects to explain the complexities of the mind. "The whole is more than the sum of its parts" Greek Philosopher Aristotle in The Metaphysics Reductionism can be undesirable if it ignores variables...

Reductionism in Psychology
Forensic Psychology Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology is not really a "branch" of psychology in the same sense that Behaviorism or cognitive psychology are. This is because there is no "forensic" theory of psychology, nor any perspectives that are unique to this label. What, then, is it? Forensic psychology is essentially just the application of psychology to the...

Forensic Psychology
Humanistic Approach Humanistic Approach

When Experiments Just Aren't Enough

The humanistic approach in psychology developed in the 1960s and 70s in the United States as a response to the continual struggle between behavioral theorists and cognitive psychologists. The humanists brought in a new perspective, believing that the study of psychology should focus not just on the purely mechanistic aspects of cognition, nor purely on...

Humanistic Approach
Approaches in Psychology Approaches In Psychology

Approaches in Psychology

Psychologists take different approaches, or perspectives, when attempting to understand human behavior. For instance, psychologists taking the biological approach assume that differences in behavior can be understood in terms of genes, brain structure and hormones, which can predispose a person to particular health conditions. Behavioral psychologists...

Approaches in Psychology
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