DECOMPOSITION By Nugent, Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 The process that takes a complex item and breaks into its elements. Organisms also break down by decomposition. DECOMPOSITION: "When using decomposition to solve a problem, it is broken down into simpler problems." Related Psychology Terms BIOSYNTHESIS STRUCTURE CATABOLISM MOLECULAR ANALYSIS TRANSPOSITION OF AFFECT SYSTEMIC THINKING LOVE SCALE MATCHING FAMILIAR FIGURES TEST (MFF) TOUCH BLENDS CATEGORY-SYSTEM METHOD Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "DECOMPOSITION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/decomposition/ (accessed June 25, 2017).