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Behavioral Sciences

Definition: Disciplines concerned with the study of human and animal behavior.
Notes: SPEC: SPEC qualif
Previously Indexed: Behavior (1966-1969),specific discipline

Behavioral Sciences Categories.
Behavioral Medicine - The interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of behavioral and biomedical science, knowledge, and techniques relevant to health and illness and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.
Behavioral Research - Research that involves the application of the behavioral and social sciences to the study of the actions or reactions of persons or animals in response to external or internal stimuli. (from American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed)
Ethology - The discipline pertaining to the study of animal behavior.
Genetics, Behavioral - The experimental study of the relationship between the genotype of an organism and its behavior. The scope includes the effects of genes on simple sensory processes to complex organization of the nervous system.
Psychiatry - The medical science that deals with the origin, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders.
Psychology - The science dealing with the study of mental processes and behavior in man and animals.
Psychopathology - The study of significant causes and processes in the development of mental illness.
Psychopharmacology - The study of the effects of drugs on mental and behavioral activity.
Psychophysics - The science dealing with the correlation of the physical characteristics of a stimulus, e.g., frequency or intensity, with the response to the stimulus, in order to assess the psychologic factors involved in the relationship.
Sexology - This discipline concerns the study of SEXUALITY, and the application of sexual knowledge such as sexual attitudes, psychology, and SEXUAL BEHAVIOR. Scope of application generally includes educational (SEX EDUCATION), clinical (SEX COUNSELING), and other settings.
Social Sciences - Disciplines concerned with the interrelationships of individuals in a social environment including social organizations and institutions. Includes Sociology and Anthropology.
Sociobiology - The comparative study of social organization in animals including humans, especially with regard to its genetic basis and evolutionary history. (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed)

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