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Greece, Psychology in

  1. Thomas Kalpakoglou

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0389

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Kalpakoglou, T. 2010. Greece, Psychology in. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Athens, Greece

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The notion of psychology in ancient Greece can be traced back to the fifth century b.c.; in the works of Alcmaeon of Croton, Plato, Aristotle, and Hippocrates there are issues mentioned relating to the understanding of human psychological and emotional states (Wolff et al., 1990). In modern Greece, however, psychology is still considered a relatively new academic discipline and profession. Preliminary studies in psychology made their first appearance at the university level in the late 1920s and, for many decades, were closely attached to philosophy studies. Not until 1989 did psychology become recognized as an independent field of study. As a profession, it started to develop to a satisfactory level in the late 1960s.