the branch of psychology that deals with the investigation of purportedly psychic phenomena, as clairvoyance, extrasensory perception, telepathy, and the like.

1925–30; para-1 + psychology

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parapsychologist, noun Unabridged
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parapsychology (ˌpærəsaɪˈkɒlədʒɪ)
the study of mental phenomena, such as telepathy, which are beyond the scope of normal physical explanation

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Word Origin & History

1924, from para- "beside" + psychology (q.v.).
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parapsychology par·a·psy·chol·o·gy (pār'ə-sī-kŏl'ə-jē)
The study of extrasensory perception, such as telepathy, psychokinesis, and clairvoyance.

par'a·psy'cho·log'i·cal (-sī'kə-lŏj'ĭ-kəl) adj.
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parapsychology [(par-uh-seye-kol-uh-jee)]

The study of extrasensory perception (ESP), communications with the dead, telekinesis (using mental energy to cause distant objects to move), and other mental phenomena that have not been explained or accepted by scientists. (See psychic research.)

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Example sentences
Thus there many professional psychologists who have made important contributions to the field of parapsychology.
His final legacy, that gift of money for the study of parapsychology, didn't exactly enhance his reputation either.
In the course of this counter-offensive he explored mind-altering drugs, para-science and parapsychology.
In addition to parapsychology, the term also plays a role in some religions.
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