DOCTRINE OF FORMAL DISCIPLINE By Nugent, Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 An idea that the mind can be trained to learn by studying some fields first that will make is easier to learn others. Not widely believed anymore. See transfer of training. DOCTRINE OF FORMAL DISCIPLINE: "The doctrine of formal discipline is no longer widely believed." Related Psychology Terms PROFESSIONAL-APTITUDE TEST PSYCHOANALYST PSYCHIATRY GUILFORD, JOY PAUL APTITUDE WASHBURN, MARGARET FLOY PSYCHIATRIST COOPERATING TEACHER STRESS TRAINING GENERAL TRANSFER Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "DOCTRINE OF FORMAL DISCIPLINE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/doctrine-of-formal-discipline/ (accessed June 25, 2017).