Arts Psychology refers to a sub-discipline within psychology. The term is typically used to refer to the field of social and psychological science that focuses on the interaction of the humanities with the human sciences, including psychology. It has been described as a combination of philosophy and psychology. There is a great deal of overlap in terms of the focus, but each discipline of this kind tends to be somewhat more abstract and philosophical than the other.
The broad field of arts in psychology includes all disciplines related to art, music, literature, cinema, and visual art. These disciplines include but are not limited to the fields of education, counseling, social work, film studies, visual arts, and theater. The study of these subjects generally includes a general education component. There are many different areas that one may specialize in, but a fundamental area of specialization can be found in psychology.
The focus of psychology in arts studies generally takes place in the areas of psychological inquiry, social and cultural psychology, and sociological psychology. Each of these sub-disciplines is important in the overall study, but the focus tends to be different. In education, the focus is on the development of social skills, such as problem solving, learning from others, and interaction with peers. The focus also is on teaching and learning.
In counseling, the focus is on helping people to deal with emotional, mental, and spiritual stressors that affect their lives. Counseling professionals deal with problems ranging from the physiological to the psychological. In counselling, psychology plays a role that is important in helping clients cope with stressors. In other words, psychology helps in dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and self-respect.
In the field of cinema studies, the focus is usually on the artistic aspects of film making and storytelling. Film studies also includes the study of the history of cinema, as well as the contemporary movies, and even the old movies that have been restored for movie viewing. The field of cinema studies also includes the study of narrative, as well as sound design and lighting effects. This includes aspects such as the use of sound in a scene, the use of special effects, and graphics, and even the symbolism of a scene.
As noted above, there is much overlap in focus between these types of disciplines and it is important to keep in mind that each of these fields is a subset of broader topics of social science and psychology. The key difference in these fields is often in . . . . . . the use of specific methods or approaches. For example, one may study psychology as a whole, while another studies the film itself or the film industry in general. The emphasis on specific methods also depends on the focus of the discipline itself, and the interdisciplinary nature of the subject.