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Psychomotor

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Updated June 20, 2014

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Definition:
The term psychomotor refers to physical activity - or lack of activity - that is related to mental processes. Coming from the Greek word psyche (soul, breath, mind, life) and the Latin motare (to move), psychomotor has various definitions such as:
  • related to movement or muscle activity associated with mental processes
  • relating to a combination of psychic and motor events
  • pertaining to or causing voluntary movements related to neural/cerebral activity
In the end, all these definitions mean pretty much the same thing: movement that is related to the mind.

For specific examples of psychomotor activity as it relates to bipolar disorder, see:

Pronunciation: SI-ko-MO-ter

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