Definition: What exactly is psychology? While it may seem like a very basic question, it is one of the most common questions asked by students new to the study of psychology. Part of the confusion stems from stereotyped portrayals of psychologists in popular media as well as the diverse careers paths of those holding psychology degrees.
Psychology is both an applied and academic field that studies the human mind and behavior. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion and behavior. Applications of psychology include mental health treatment, performance enhancement, self-help, ergonomics, and many other areas affecting health and daily life. Learn more about some of the basics of psychology in this definition of psychology.
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