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Process (lat. processus - movement) is a naturally occurring or designed sequence of changes of properties/attributes of a system/object. More precisely, and from the most general systemic perspective, every process is representable as a particular trajectory (or part thereof) in a system's phase space.

Every measurement is a process. The process of measurement is the fundamental concept in science.

Identification of a process is also a subjective task, because the whole universe demonstrates one continuous universal "process", and every arbitrarily selected human behaviour can be conceptualized as a process. This aspect of the process recognition is closely dependent on human cognitive factors. According to the observations included in the systemic TOGA meta-theory, the concepts: system, process, function and goal are closely and formally connected, and, in parallel, every process has the system property, i.e. can be seen as an abstract dynamic system/object, and arbitrarily divided on network of processes. This division depends of the character of the changes, and on socio-cognitive factors, such as: their perception tools and goal of the observer.

In psychology factors are commonly seen as independent variables and outcomes as the dependent variables, and the effect of one upon the other is often mediated by processes.

Within psychology the term may apply to:


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