DOCTRINE OF FORMAL DISCIPLINE By N., Sam M.S. - 157 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 DISCIPLINE (literally, “to learn”) LOCKE, JOHN (1632-1704) Counselor's Role in Emergency Teams Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development MENTAL RETARDATION (PREVENTION, CARE, AND TREATMENT) ANTISOCIAL REACTION FREUD, SIGMUND (1856-1939) PAIRED ASSOCIATES LEARNING LEARNING (GENERAL) ESTHETICS Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "DOCTRINE OF FORMAL DISCIPLINE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/doctrine-of-formal-discipline/ (accessed June 25, 2022).