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abnormal psychology


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of mental and emotional disorders or maladaptive behaviors, or of mental phenomena such as dreams, hypnosis, and altered states or levels of consciousness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The academic study of persons whose psychological characteristics deviate from the norm, as with neuroses, psychoses, and disorders
  • n. An instance of a person having psychological characteristics that deviate from the norm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of psychology concerned with abnormal behavior


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  • The reconstitutive method is the extension of these two formulations from normal and abnormal psychology into the field of dream analysis, through the study of Individual Differences (Cattell) and the Application of Logic (Alfred Sidgwick).

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • This volume even though brief will be highly appreciated by very many students of normal and of abnormal psychology because it is the first book to afford them just what, in an elementary way, they need concerning the nervous system, the essential musculatures, and the epithelia, whose manifold activities are in some certain mode concomitant to the succession of compound mental events.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology


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