Have you noticed that the internet is filled with a vast quantity of
psychology sites? Hours of browsing time can be spent looking at a variety
of websites. I know. I've done it. If you are looking for relevant sites,
here are some that I recommend as being interesting or useful to introductory
psychology students. I would be
pleased to hear from you about additional resources.
Comparative Psychology is frequently neglected in introductory psychology
textbooks. This is the area of psychology for those interested in animal
behavior or ethology, where psychology combines with zoology. Explore
some of the classic
studies in comparative psychology.
Life-Span Developmental Psychology
Developmental Psychology deals with topics from conception to death. The
capabilities of the unborn human are described at the
are important areas of research in developmental psychology. Mid-life
(hello, baby-boomers) and late
adulthood (hello, AARP)
are also receiving more research attention.
Sensation and Perception
We learn about the world through our senses. Sensation is the process
of detecting stimuli and perception is understanding what is being sensed.
For a psychologist,
perception are two different
Consciousness, Sleep and Dreaming
There are stages of
that occur over the course of the night. Dreams typically occur during
the "REM" stage, which is characterized by rapid eye movements. Efforts
have been made to analyze
scientifically. There are different theories about the function of
Learning: Classical Conditioning and Operant
conditioning is when a neutral stimulus comes to elicit a response after
being paired with a stimulus that already elicits that responses. If
Pavlov pairs ringing a bell (a neutral stimulus) with food (which elicits
salivation), then the bell comes to elicit salivation.
conditioning occurs when the probability of a behavior recurring depends
the consequences of that behavior. If Skinner rewards a rat for pressing
a lever, then the likelihood that the rat will press the lever again
Cognition: Memory, Language, and Thought
Cognitive psychology includes the topics of memory, language, and thought.
Sometimes we need to develop study skills, such as the SQ3R technique,
to improve our memory. Psychologists are curious about whether other animals,
including our fellow primates, are capable of language. Problem solving
and decision making are also investigated by cognitive psychologists.
Motivation and Emotion
Hunger is a basic motivation. We believe we eat things because we are
hungry. Emotions may be reflected in facial expressions.
Stress and Coping
Coping with stress is important to your health.
Psychologists who specialize in social psychology are interested in many
aspects of group behavior. Follow the
links to aspects
of social or group behavior that are of interest to you.
Different personality theorists have different assumptions about the nature
of personality. Have you noticed how interested we are in tests of our own
personality traits? Why? Don't we already know ourselves?
The internet has sites devoted to particular types of therapy,
such as this site that describes
Human Factors and Ergonomics
Psychology students have made recommendations about internet sites they
American Psychological Association APA has
information for students interested
in majoring in psychology and information on mental health and psychological
issues of interest to the
The following organizations are listed here for my convenience:
American Psychological Society
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology