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Psychotechnology (sahy-koh-tek-nol-uh-jees) refers to any application of technology for psychological purposes[1][2] or to any way of using psychological processes for a desired outcome.[3]


It has been argued by several researchers that literacy is a form of psychotechnology.[4][5] According to David Olson, for example, using written language opened three distinct avenues of human development: the emergence of explicit, autonomous prose; the ability to distinguish data from interpretation; and the growth of meta-language. All of these avenues are considered essential for systematic thought, as exemplified in the exponential growth of human culture following the advent of literacy.

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  1. ^ "Psychotechnology | Define Psychotechnology at". Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Psychotechnology Medical Definition | Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary". Retrieved . 
  3. ^,31-35.pdf
  4. ^ Olson, D.R.; Torrance, N.; Hildyard, A. (1985). Literacy, Language and Learning:The Nature and Consequences of Reading and Writing. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521319126. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Havelock, E. (1976). Origins of Western Literacy. Toronto: The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

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