Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. It is the 3rd most popular A-level subject in England and Wales and is also taught at IB, GCSE and BTEC level in schools and colleges. Psychology is a multifaceted discipline that includes many areas such as human development, sports, criminal, clinical, social behaviour and cognitive processes. As the topics psychologists study are complex, it is common to find different explanations of psychological phenomena, such as memory. An important skill students learn is how to evaluate conflicting theories about the different topics, and the research that supports or challenges them. Psychology involves scientific research which seeks to increase our knowledge base, and practice, through which our knowledge is applied to solving problems in the real world
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