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parapsychology

Line breaks: para|psych|ology
Pronunciation: /parəsʌɪˈkɒlədʒi
 
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Definition of parapsychology in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The study of mental phenomena which are excluded from or inexplicable by orthodox scientific psychology (such as hypnosis, telepathy, etc.).
Example sentences
  • Let us not trivialise this by saying that it is because of parapsychology or telepathy.
  • Therefore, it will be the interface between parapsychology and general psychology, and not the various other fields of science, that will be of most interest here.
  • Dr. Smith is an authority on parapsychology, the psychology of superstition and paranormal belief, and the psychology of deception.

Derivatives

parapsychological

1
Pronunciation: /-sʌɪkəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • He studied Spiritism and its possible psychosocial and parapsychological aspects.
  • This is one of the most complete overviews of what may be subsumed under the rubric of psychokinesis, the parapsychological term for the influence of mind over matter without using any sensory modalities.
  • He gets the life energy and even certain parapsychological gifts, clairvoyance and so on, connected with the archetype.

parapsychologically

2
adverb

parapsychologist

3
noun
Example sentences
  • In short, unable to find anyone with demonstrable psychokinetic powers, the parapsychologists tell us that there are two kinds of psychokinesis, macro and micro.
  • In short, he wanted to be a parapsychologist and test psychokinesis.
  • His advice, based on his own experience as a parapsychologist and an academic psychologist, is sober and for many will be forbidding.

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