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psychobiology Syllabification: psy·cho·bi·ol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌsīkōˌbīˈäləjē/

Definition of psychobiology in English:


The branch of science that deals with the biological basis of behavior and mental phenomena.
Example sentences
  • Rea's research examines the psychobiology and neuropsychology of post-traumatic stress disorder and the effects of stressful early-life experiences on brain development and function.
  • At the present time we can only speculate about the implications of such ‘experience-dependent shaping of neuronal circuits’ for facilitating the deep psychobiology of therapeutic hypnosis.
  • At Santa Clara, Slaton is majoring in psychobiology, the study of mental functioning and behavior in relation to other biological processes.


Pronunciation: /-ˌbīəˈläjəkəl/
Example sentences
  • Recent research into adolescence has been divided into psychobiological and psychosocial areas.
  • Trauma is thought to be a psychobiological event that produces not only adverse psychological effects, but also potentially long-term neurobiological changes in the brain.
  • Robert Emde's research on the evolution of infant minds suggests the presence of an innate psychobiological potential for ‘we-ness’ and group-related behavior.
Example sentences
  • Achenbach gives a nod to the work of psychobiologist Lori Marino, noting that dolphin brains have ‘undergone a dramatic increase’ in the last 35 million years, which may ‘have a parallel’ in the increase in brain size in hominids.
  • According to Gerstein, a psychobiologist, manatees are not dumb - they are intelligent enough to remember hazards and avoid them - but they are deaf to low-frequency sound like the noise of a boat's engine.
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