[par-uh-sahy-kol-uh-jee] /ˌpær ə saɪˈkɒl ə dʒi/

the branch of that deals with the investigation of purportedly psychic phenomena, as clairvoyance, extrasensory perception, telepathy, and the like.
the study of mental phenomena, such as telepathy, which are beyond the scope of normal physical explanation

1924, from para- (1) “beside” + psychology.

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.
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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