AP Psych. Module 3 Key Terms


The scientific study of the measurement of human abilities, attitudes, and traits

Basic Research

Pure science that aims to increase the scientific knowledge base

Developmental Psychology

A branch of psychology that studies physical, cognitive, and social change throughout the life span

Educational Psychology

The study of how psychological processes affect and can enhance teaching and learning

Personality Psychology

The study of an individual's characteristic pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting

Social Psychology

The scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another

Applied Research

Scientific study that aims to solve practical problems

Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychology

The application of psychological concepts and methods to optimizing human behavior in workplaces

Human Factor Psychology

A field of psychology allied with I/O psychology that explores how people and machines interact and how machines and physical environments can be made safe and easy to use

Counseling Psychology

A branch of psychology that assists people with problems in living (often related to school, work, or marriage) and in achieving greater well-being

Clinical Psychology

A branch of psychology that studies, assesses, and treats people with psychological disorders


a branch of medicine dealing with psychological disorders; practiced by physicians who are licensed to provide medical (for example, drug) treatments as well as psychological therapy

Community Psychology

A branch of psychology that studies how people interact with their social environments and how social institutions affect individuals and groups