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Experimental Psychology

  1. Lyle E. Bourne,
  2. Alice F. Healy

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0333

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Bourne, L. E. and Healy, A. F. 2010. Experimental Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–5.

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  1. University of Colorado

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Experimental psychology is a branch of the broad academic discipline of psychology. As its name suggests, experimental psychology is defined primarily by its methodology. Like all branches of psychology, experimental psychology aims to understand the behavior of organisms, both human and nonhuman. However, it does so exclusively by using the experimental method of science. Experimental psychology includes any aspect of behavior that is amenable to examination by the experimental method.


  • experimental methodology;
  • substantive areas: input;
  • information processing;
  • affect;
  • higher mental processes;
  • basic and applied research;
  • theory and data;
  • historical schools of psychology