psych-, psycho-, -psyche, -psychic, -psychical, -psychically

(Greek: mind, spirit, consciousness; mental processes; the human soul; breath of life; literally, "that which breathes" or "breathing")

A prefix that is normally used with elements of Greek origin, psych- affects the meanings of hundreds of words.

Etymologically, this element includes such meanings as, breath, to breathe, life, soul, spirit, mind, consciousness.

Mental tension.
An expert in mental disease.
1. A reference to psychiatry, the science concerned with the study, diagnosis, and prevention of mental illness.
2. Pertaining to or within the purview of psychiatry.
A physician who specializes in the study, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders.
1. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness; etymological meaning: "mental healing" or "healing the mind".
2. The study of the origin, influence, and control of emotions. This involves investigating the factors both from within and without that alter emotions and motivation. Such analysis provides a basis for judging regression or progression.
3. The medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
psychic (s) (noun), psychics (pl)
1. An individual who claims to be endowed with semi-supernatural powers: A psychic supposedly has the ability to read the minds of others or to foresee and to reveal coming events.
2. Etymology: from Greek psychikos, "of the soul, spirit, or mind" from psyche, "soul, mind."
A medium who presents spiritual phenomena.
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The theory that a principle of life pervades all nature.
psychoacoustical (adjective), more psychoacoustical, most psychoacoustical
A refernce to the study of the relationship between the perceptions of sounds and their physiological and psychological effects on people: Scientists are discovering that some psychoacoustical sounds cause hearing loss that is often misdiagnosed as an effect of aging.
psycho-acoustician, psychoacoustician (s) (noun); psycho-acousticians; psychoacousticians (pl)
An expert or specialist in the prognosis and treatment of mentally processed sounds that are imaginary: Nancy was admitted to the psychiatric ward of the hospital under the care of the psycho-acoustician who was familiar with patients with imaginary perceptions of sounds.

According to a psychoacoustician, most people perceive airplane noise as if it were 10 dB greater than a similar noise that is made by a train, or ten times noisier than a train even when the noise levels of both are objectively the same.

psychoacoustics (s) (noun) (no pl)
1. The science that deals with the perceptions of sounds and the productions of speech: In the local university, there is a course offered on psychoacoustics into which many speech therapists enroll.

While working in the mental health unit at the hospital, Dr. Kitchen observed patients when different kinds of music was played, hoping to write a scientific paper on psychoacoustics for a professional journal.

2. A discipline combining experimental psychology and physics that deals with the physical features of sound as related to audition, as well as with the physiology and psychology of sound receptor processes: The local university's psychology and physiology departments were the primary organizers of an international convention that was being planned in the city for scientists and practitioners of psychoacoustics."
3. The scientific investigation of the way in which animals and humans hear, particularly the reception and analysis of the input signals: Dr. Laurie specialized in psychoacoustics, studying the relationship that existed between sound receptions and the biological processing of sounds.
A drug that produces stimulation; a psychic energizer.
psychoactive (adjective), more psychoactive, most psychoactive
In pharmacology, relating to something that affects the mental state or mind: Such drug as LSD or DM have psychoactive effects.

Some medicines or drugs possess psychoactive abilities to alter mood, anxiety, behavior, cognitive processes, or mental tension.

1. A condition of hypersensitivity or over reaction to certain ideas, words, persons, or situations because of their symbolic significance.
2. A sensitivity to emotionally charged symbols.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving the "mind, mental" word units: anima-; anxi-; deliri-; hallucina-; menti-; moro-; noo-; nous; phreno-; thymo-2.

Word units related to breath and breathe: hal-; pneo-; pneumato-; pneumo-; spiro.