parapsychology


para·psy·chol·o·gy

noun \ˌpa-rə-(ˌ)sī-ˈkä-lə-jē\

: the scientific study of events that cannot be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world

Full Definition of PARAPSYCHOLOGY

:  a field of study concerned with the investigation of evidence for paranormal psychological phenomena (as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis)
para·psy·cho·log·i·cal \-ˌsī-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
para·psy·chol·o·gist \-(ˌ)sī-ˈkä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin of PARAPSYCHOLOGY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1925

para·psy·chol·o·gy

noun \ˌpar-ə-(ˌ)sī-ˈkäl-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural para·psy·chol·o·gies

Medical Definition of PARAPSYCHOLOGY

: a field of study concerned with the investigation of evidence for paranormal psychological phenomena (as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis)

parapsychology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Discipline concerned with investigating events that cannot be accounted for by natural law and knowledge that cannot have been obtained through the usual sensory abilities. Parapsychology studies the cognitive phenomena often called extrasensory perception, in which a person acquires knowledge of other people's thoughts or of future events through channels apparently beyond the five senses. It also examines physical phenomena such as the levitation of objects and the bending of metal through psychokinesis. Though belief in such phenomena may be traced to earliest times, parapsychology as a subject of serious research originated in the late 19th century, partly in reaction to the growth of the spiritualist movement. The Society of Psychical Research was established in London in 1882, and similar societies were later founded in the U.S. and in many European countries. In the 20th century research into parapsychology was also conducted at some universities, notably at Duke University under J. B. Rhine.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: parapterum
Previous Word in the Dictionary: parapsychical
All Words Near: parapsychology

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up parapsychology? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).