Psychology Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words 1st Semester
1. Research : the collecting of information about a particular subject
2. Motivation : something (as a need or desire) that causes a person to act
3. Aggression : a forceful action or procedure (as an unprovoked attack) especially when intended
to dominate or master
4. Genetics : a branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of organisms
5. Predict : to declare or indicate in advance ; especially : foretell on the basis of observation,
experience, or scientific reason
6. Rehabilitation : a medical specialty concerned with treating disabling disorders and injuries by
physical means
7. Cognitive : of, relating to, being, or involving conscious intellectual activity (as thinking,
reasoning, or remembering)
8. Behaviorism : a school of psychology that takes the objective evidence of behavior (as
measured responses to stimuli) as the only concern of its research and the only basis of its theory
without reference to conscious experience
9. Consciousness : the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition, and thought :
10. Introspection : a reflective looking inward : an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings
11. Fulfilling : to convert into reality
12. Environment : the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded
13. Norm : a principle of right action binding upon the members of a group and serving to guide,
control, or regulate proper and acceptable behavior
14. Sequence : a continuous or connected series
15. Heritability : the proportion of observed variation in a particular trait (as height) that can be
attributed to inherited genetic factors in contrast to environmental ones
16. Biased : tending to yield one outcome more frequently than others in a statistical experiment
17. Sample : a representative part or a single item from a larger whole or group especially when
presented for inspection or shown as evidence of quality
18. Hypothesis : a tentative assumption made in order to draw out and test its logical or empirical
19. Confirmation : to give approval to : ratify
20. Correlation : the state or relation of being correlated; specifically : a relation existing between
phenomena or things
21. Ethical : conforming to accepted standards of conduct
22. Sensation : a mental process (as seeing, hearing, or smelling) resulting from the immediate
external stimulation of a sense organ
23. Threshold : the point at which a physiological or psychological effect begins to be produced
24. Simultaneous : existing or occurring at the same time : exactly coincident
25. Perception : awareness of the elements of environment through physical sensation
26. Intrinsic : originating or due to causes within a body, organ, or part
27. Extrinsic : not forming part of or belonging to a thing : extraneous
28. Instinct : a natural or inherent aptitude, impulse, or capacity
29. Homeostasis : a relatively stable state of equilibrium or a tendency toward such a state
30. Motivate : something (as a need or desire) that causes a person to act