Psychologia is the root word of psychology, derived from the Greek psukhe ("breath, spirit, soul") and logia ("study of" or "research").

Each episode of Psychologia examines a dark facet of human behavior and the stories, laws, and research behind it.

By looking at history, sciencesuperstition, and criminology, Psychologia paints a picture of humankind's relationship to the shadowy parts of our own psyche – and pulls back the curtain on the mysterious discipline of psychology.


Your host, Amaia Perta, writes and produces Psychologia. She has an M.S. in forensic psychology from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), and a B.A. in theater and performance from Bard College. She works in women's mental health, is an adjunct professor of psychology at CSULA, and is currently working on her first book. This podcast was born as a culmination of her interest in the dark side of psychology and crime and her passion for storytelling.

Cambron Carter is the sound designer and editor of Psychologia, and composes original music for all episodes. Professionally, he develops neural networks and designs computer vision and machine learning solutions related to images and video. He holds a B.S. in physics and electrical engineering and a M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville. You can hear some of his other audio projects on Spotify.


The earliest known use of the word psychologia can be traced to the long-lost late 15th century text Psichiologia de ratione animae humanae, by the Croatian theologian-humanist-poet Marko Marulic.

The English word psychology appeared two centuries later in physician Steven Blankaart's 1694 text The Physical Dictionary, concerning "Anatomy, which treats the Body, and Psychology, which treats of the Soul." 

In more modern times, psychology is defined as "the science of mental life" (William James, 1890) and as a discipline whose "theoretical goal is the prediction and control of behavior" (John Watson, 1913).

As the word psychology has evolved, so too has the science supporting it. Through observation, psychoanalysis, humanism, behaviorism, and neuroscience, the attempt to untangle the ephemeral web of human mental processes and behavior has progressed across time, slowly bringing us closer to understanding ourselves.

Psychologia is another step in that endeavor.


Come explore the strange & pathological

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