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Psychology can be defined as the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context, as in the mental characteristics or attitude of a person or group, or the mental and emotional factors governing a situation or activity.

Psychological studies may focus on a number of disciplines:

  • Cognitive psychology investigates internal mental processes such as how people think, perceive and communicate.
  • Developmental psychology is the study of how a person develops psychologically over the course of their life.
  • Evolutionary psychology examines how psychological adjustments during evolution have affected human behavior.
  • Forensic psychology is the application of psychology to the process of criminal investigation and the law.
  • Health psychology observes how health can be influenced by behavior, biology and social context.
  • Neuropsychology examines the how the brain functions in relation to different behaviors and psychological processes.
  • Occupational psychology investigates how people perform at work in order to develop an understanding of how organizations function.
  • Social psychology is a study of how the behavior and thoughts of people are influenced by the actual or implied presence of others.

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