Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

In this episode, you will learn phrases about Psychology for higher vocab. scores on your next IELTS Exam.

The general topic of science is feared on all sections of the test. It could pop up in a Reading Passage 3, Listening Section 4, Writing Task 2, or Speaking Part 3.

One scientific area is that of Psychology. This may be a topic that’s not talked about or recognized in some cultures.

So, exploring some of the ideas we present today is important in your IELTS preparation so you’re ready for anything!

Ideas you should explore:

Animal conditioning

  • conditioning / response
  • Pavlov’s dogs

Learning styles

These phrases are important for topics connected to education.

  • kinesthetic– learn by body movement; learn through experiencing 
    • Some people who may not be considered ‘good students’, or ‘smart’, may just have a different learning style, such as kinesthetic, and won’t be catered to by traditional curricula.


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  • visual– learn by seeing (pictures, notes)
  • auditory– learn by listening
  • verbal– learn by talking
    • Many people say that teaching something is the best way to learn it.
  • spatial– learn by placing things around you in real life
  • tactile– learn by touching; hands-on learner
  • Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Learning disability

  • dyslexia– People get confused with letters and words, and have difficulty reading.
    • Many entrepreneurs are dyslexic.

Behavioral disorder

  • OCDObsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • This is such a common thing to say, it has become slang. Native speakers might say, “Sorry, I’m so OCD right now. I just need to go back and make sure I turned off the lights and the oven.”
  • eating disorders– Some people, especially women, develop these like anorexia and bulimia.
    • These would be used as support when talking about gender expectations and pressure on having a certain appearance.
  • ADD / ADHDAttention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
    • This also has become sort of a joke among native speakers. One might say, “Dude, you have ADD. Try and pay attention.”

What do you think of today’s terms?

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