psy·​cho·​phys·​i·​ol·​o·​gy ˌsī-kō-ˌfi-zē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce psychophysiology (audio)
psychophysiologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At the University of Oregon, Hare began a Ph.D. program in psychophysiology, a branch of biological psychology that studies the interplay between emotions, behavior and the nervous system. Danielle Egan, Discover Magazine, 2 May 2016 Over time, dealing with fires is something that combines art, science and the deepest psychophysiology of human performance under stress. ProPublica, 5 Apr. 2020 Credit where credit is due, though: America invented the 3D-printable anal pneumatic base for psychophysiology research. Matt Simon, WIRED, 11 July 2019

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First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psychophysiology was in 1839

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“Psychophysiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


psy·​cho·​phys·​i·​ol·​o·​gy -ē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce psychophysiology (audio)
plural psychophysiologies
: a branch of psychology that deals with the effects of normal and pathological physiological processes on mental functioning

called also physiological psychology, physiopsychology

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