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

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


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

The first known use of the word psichologia

Forms of psychology date back thousands of years, and the history of the word itself reveals a great deal about the origin of the field. 

The earliest appearance of the term psychologia can be traced to the long-lost late 15th century text Psichiologia de ratione animae humanae, written by the Croatian theologian-humanist-poet Marko Marulic, a devout Christian. 

The first recorded use of the English word psychology appears in a physician's work: Steven Blankaart's 1694 The Physical Dictionary, which covers "Anatomy, which treats the Body, and Psychology, which treats of the Soul." 

The 18th century saw an increase in treatment of the mind through moral lessons, and the 19th century ushered in more systematic approaches.

In modern times, psychology has been defined as "the science of mental life, both of its phenomena and their conditions" (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.


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.

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Cambron Carter is the sound designer and editor of Psychologia, and composes original scores 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.

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