What is psychology? This question is hard to answer, but it is also very easy to answer at the same time. Psychology is the study of the brain and behavior of individuals or groups. Essentially, the goal of psychology is to understand the mechanisms of the mind, whether they are biological, personality, social, or other mechanisms, and the effects that these mechanisms have on behavior. When thinking about psychology, many people, both the average citizen and professionals in the academic world, come across one question that is common to all... Is psychology a science? Many academics in other fields (such as biology, chemistry, physics) would say no. However, this is false. Psychology is a science, with its roots in physiology, chemistry, anthropology, and philosophy. Psychology, as a science, uses the scientific method to conduct research, utilizing hypotheses testing, statistical analyses, and often delving into the biological, physiological, and chemical components of behavior. Although, psychology does indeed conduct research, many academics fail to acknowledge psychology as a science, as many times "causality" (meaning the ability to cause something) is nonexistent. However, despite this, psychological science uses various methodologies to describe, explain, and predict human behavior and mental processes. Thus, psychology IS a science.