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Physiological Psychology

  1. Bruce M. King,
  2. Claudio Cantalupo

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0682

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

King, B. M. and Cantalupo, C. 2010. Physiological Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Clemson University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


If psychology is defined as the study of behavior, then physiological psychology (also known as biological psychology) is the study of the physiological bases of behavior. It differs from many disciplines of neuroscience, the study of the nervous system, in its emphasis on behavior. The goal of physiological psychology is to understand how the brain functions to control our learned and unlearned behaviors, as well as our hopes, dreams, emotions, and cognitive processes.


  • brain;
  • behavior;
  • lesions;
  • neuroimaging