AmoebaWeb: Featured Website Archive

October 2016 Professor Cottom’s Graduate School Guidance: “I enjoyed graduate school. It was hard. I was often isolated, mocked, undermined and cut loose. But, I was also housed, fed, given minimal healthcare access and allowed to live in the library 24 hours a day, if I so chose, following my own intellectual curiosity. I love teaching and writing and publishing and controlling my time. I love that I will literally never run out of work because there is always something new to learn and explore. If these things appeal to you, graduate school is a shot at this kind of job or it is a way to a job that offers more stability and pay than you may earn without it. But, keep in mind, education is always about increasing your odds. Taxes and death are the only guarantees in life.”
July 2016 The Psychology of the Sunni-Shia Divide: David Myers: “To better understand the puzzling intensity of clashes among kindred folk, consider four principles derived from psychological research on group identities.”
April 2016 What Is a Forensic Psychologist?: Tatiana Snyder:Explore what it takes to become a Forensic Psychologist.
February 2016 Correlation or Causation: Jon Mueller:This resource can be used “to help my students identify the language of causal relationships and correlations, identify the tell-tale signs that an experiment or a correlational study is being described in the media when there is no mention of the type of study, and to learn how to evaluate the quality and nature of evidence in judging the merit of a claim.”
December 2015 Laura Freberg’s Psychology Blog: Laura Freberg’s wonderful psychology and neuroscience blog! Laura is author of numerous texts, including Discovering Biological Psychology. “The people we are today are the sum totals of all of our experiences, our joys as well as our sadnesses, our personal victories as well as our defeats. Few of us ever get through this life without experiencing some life changing and sometimes life shattering events. Although I have been no exception, I consider myself to have been very blessed.”
October 2015 Crush the GRE: GoGRAD: “The Graduate Examination, or GRE as it’s most commonly called, is the common entrance test for students pursuing post-baccalaureate education. According to ETS, the organization that administers the test, over 700,000 individuals take the GRE each year. With thousands of graduate programs and business schools across the world accepting the GRE, students applying to graduate school will most likely need to take this examination. This guide is designed to answer common question, address specific concerns, and provide an insider look at tricks, tips and hacks that can help students crush the GRE.”
September 2015 Benefits in Gaining Pre-Professional Experience in Psychology: Learn Psychology: “We find that internships and research experiences are actually very, very beneficial for undergraduates, especially those looking to go onto graduate school, but even for anyone looking to move directly into the working world. The reason being is that internships give students a lot more real-world experience either in conducting research or working with people directly. It helps them in filling in the experience part of their resume, which is as important as with their classroom productivity, or if we’re talking about graduate school, their GRE scores and personal essays. So they are absolutely recommended for all of our undergraduate students, though an internship or research with a faculty member is not currently required.”
July 2015 Careers in Behavior Analysis: FABA: “Board Certified Behavior Analysts work in homes and hospitals, clinics and classrooms and any other setting where reducing problem behavior and improving human performance is important.”
June 2015 Vocal Stereotypies in Autism: Vincent Carbone: This video lecture describes and illustrates what vocal stereotypies are and one approach to treating them.
May 2015 Online Statistics Education: David Lane: “This site provides an online statistics education. Topics include graphing distributions, summarizing distributions, describing bivariate distributions, probability, research design, normal distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, power, regression, ANOVA, chi square, and effect size.”
April 2015 PsyBlog: Jeremy Dean: “This award-winning website is about scientific research into how the mind works. . . The site analyses–with wit, clarity, and erudition–psychological studies that are relevant to everyday life. Topics have included how memory works, self-control, methods for boosting creativity and the psychology of work.”
March 2015 Verbal Operants: Let’s Talk SLS: “Verbal Behavior is a subfield of behavior analysis devoted to identifying functional verbal repertoires and the teaching procedures to produce them. It is a way of analyzing language according to the various functions served to the speaker and the listener. It has an emphasis on the importance of language instruction in all of the places and situations in which you want the language to occur in the future and focuses on capturing and contriving situations that will increase the person’s motivation to learn.”
February 2015 Negative Reinforcement Examples: Educate Autism: “Negative reinforcement occurs when something already present is removed (taken away) as a result of a behaviour and the behaviour that led to this removal will increase in the future because it created a favourable outcome.”
January 2015 GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Prep: Online Master’s Programs: “The GRE general test is considered the standard entrance examination for graduate-level college and university programs across the United States.”
December 2014 Cannabis Use and the Nucleus Accumbens: Jodi Gilman: “The results of this study indicate that in young, recreational marijuana users, structural abnormalities in gray matter density, volume, and shape of the nucleus accumbens and amygdala can be observed.” The nucleus accumbens is a dopaminergic brain structure involved in reward and addiction.
November 2014 B.F. Skinner’s Contributions to Applied Behavior Analysis: Edward Morris: “Our paper reviews and analyzes B. F. Skinner’s contributions to applied behavior analysis in order to assess his role as the field’s originator and founder. We found, first, that his contributions fall into five categorizes: the style and content of his science, his interpretations of typical and atypical human behavior, the implications he drew from his science for application, his descriptions of possible applications, and his own applications to nonhuman and human behavior.”
October 2014 Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment Guidelines: BACB: Guidelines for the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a behavioral health treatment for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are presented.
September 2014 Why Do Kids with Autism Stim?: Temple Grandin: “‘Stims’ is short for self-stimulatory behaviors, behaviors most people exhibit. We might twirl our hair or tap a pencil – that’s stimming. The difference between acceptable stims and those we consider inappropriate is in the type and intense repetition of the stims.”
August 2014 Pivotal Response Training: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders: “Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is a method of systematically applying the scientific principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to teach learners with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). PRT builds on learner initiative and interests, and is particularly effective for developing communication, language, play, and social behaviors. PRT was developed to create a more efficient and effective intervention by enhancing four pivotal learning variables: motivation, responding to multiple cues, self-management, and self-initiations. According to theory, these skills are pivotal because they are the foundational skills upon which learners with ASD can make widespread and generalized improvements in many other areas.”
July 2014 Autism Spectrum Disorder DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria: AutismSpeaks: “Autism Speaks is pleased to provide the full-text of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the related diagnosis of social communication disorder (SCD), as they appear in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).”
June 2014 Brief Guide to Writing the Psychology Paper: Harvard College: “When you write a psychology paper, you are, above all, writing to convey factual knowledge that is supported by research. You are striving to be precise, and thus you should expect every word you write to be read literally. Psychology writing can be very dense, with many references to previous research. Writers of psychology almost never directly quote a source. Instead, they distill the essence of the idea or finding, and cite the appropriate source.”
May 2014 Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism Spectrum Disorders: HopeNetworkServices: “An overview of Applied Behavior Analysis, an evidence-based practice with strong support in reducing autism symptom severity and improving child outcomes, including the ability to participate in mainstream education.”
April 2014 Free Online Psychology Classes: Academic Earth: Academic Earth currently offers 32 free online psychology classes from some of the best universities. Classes currently offered include the following: A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain; Child Psychological Disorders; Adolescent Health and Development; Autism and Related Disorders; Behavior Modification; Drugs: Addiction and Mental Disorders; Introduction to Psychology; Social Psychology; Research and Data Analysis in Psychology; Substance Abuse and the Family; Impulse Control Disorders.
March 2014 Clinical Psychology Interview Questions: Tulane University: Prepare yourself for interviews that are often a part of the process of applying for clinical psychology graduate programs.
February 2014 Science and Human Behavior: B.F. Skinner: The classic 1953 examination of the application of the methods of science to human behavior by the most influential psychologist of the 20th century.
January 2014 Understanding Addiction: Harvard Mental Health Letter: “The brain registers all pleasures in the same way, whether they originate with a psychoactive drug, a monetary reward, a sexual encounter, or a satisfying meal. In the brain, pleasure has a distinct signature: the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the nucleus accumbens, a cluster of nerve cells lying underneath the cerebral cortex. Dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens is so consistently tied with pleasure that neuroscientists refer to the region as the brain’s pleasure center.”
December 2013 Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure: “Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) are mental health specialists who treat and diagnose a host of disorders related to psychotherapy and mental health. For this reason MFTs are held to strict licensure requirements, which include at least a master’s level education in the field or related field as well as a period of supervised clinical practice. Licensure requirements vary by state, though many are similar having modeled their requirements after the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy recommendations.”
November 2013 Eye on Psi Chi: Eye on Psi Chi features “informative articles about careers, graduate school admission, chapter ideas, personal development, the various fields of psychology, and important issues related to our discipline.”
October 2013 DSM-5 Resource Guide: John Grohol: “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the reference manual mental health professionals and physicians use to diagnose mental disorders in the United States.”
September 2013 Top Psychology Programs: U.S. News: “Studying the intricacies of the human experience is central to a psychology program. With a graduate degree, psychologists are able to work in health facilities, schools, and the government. These are the top psychology schools.”
August 2013 TED talks about psychology
July 2013 Toward the future of psychiatric diagnosis: the seven pillars of RDoC: Bruce Cuthbert: “Current diagnostic systems for mental disorders rely upon presenting signs and symptoms, with the result that current definitions do not adequately reflect relevant neurobiological and behavioral systems – impeding not only research on etiology and pathophysiology but also the development of new treatments. The National Institute of Mental Health began the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project in 2009 to develop a research classification system for mental disorders based upon dimensions of neurobiology and observable behavior.”
June 2013 Towards a new psychiatry: Philosophical and ethical issues in classification, diagnosis and care: James Giordano: “The profession and practise of psychiatry is in a state of change … The information, ideas, and speculations detailed in these papers represent insights to the ways that neuroscience and its technologies and changing conceptualisations of mental function, health, disorder and illness inform and direct current and future practises of psychiatric research and treatment.”
May 2013 Writing for Psychology: Harvard University: “Writing in the field of psychology (like writing in any specialized field) differs in several respects from the general academic writing style you learned in Expos as a freshman. Psychological writing is a form of scientific reporting that is based on American Psychological Association publication style, widely recognized as a standard for scientific writing. The format employed in psychological writing (APA style, discussed below) reflects the principles of clarity, concise wording, and accuracy and facilitates the rapid and logical flow of information from author to reader. Thus, scientific writing values prose that is more straightforward, objective, and less reflective than what you may be used to. In the beginning, you may feel that APA style is dry, colorless, and stifles your creativity. However, after a bit of experience, you will find that the guidelines imposed by APA style will help you to write clear, informative, interesting papers.”
April 2013 Alcohol Alert: NIAAA: A wealth of information on alcohol, alcohol abuse, and alcoholism.
March 2013 Map of the Brain: TED: “How can we begin to understand the way the brain works? … by making a map … Allan Jones shows how his team is mapping which genes are turned on in each tiny region, and how it all connects up. As CEO of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Allan Jones leads an ambitious project to build an open, online, interactive atlas of the human brain.”
February 2013 Prenatal Development: TED: “My goal is to visualize life in all its glory. And to see how daily lifestyle decisions affect the choreography of all of our cellular activity … (Alexander Tsiaras)”
January 2013 What is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)?: Ellie Kazemi: “According to BACB the BCaBA conducts descriptive behavioral assessments and is able to interpret the results and design ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions for clients.”
December 2012 Illusions: Michael Bach: 100 Visual Phenomena and Visual Illusions
November 2012 The Adolescent Brain: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: “Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.”
October 2012 Webvision: The Organization of the Retina and Visual System: University of Utah: “Webvision summarizes recent advances in knowledge and understanding of the visual system through dedicated chapters and evolving discussion to serve as a clearing house for all things related to retina and vision science.”
August 2012 “Our goal is not to give you concrete definitions of mental health disorders nor prescribe solutions for fixing them. We realize that mental health is an ever-changing field and all cases must be assessed individually but still in context of the larger picture. Thus, our goal is to present you with the most up-to-date knowledge available about mental health disorders and their treatment options.”
July 2012 Careers In “Explore careers in psychology. Search through our database of every psychology career you can possibly imagine. Find out exactly which career field best suits you as a psychologist. Learn what to look for in a high quality psychology school, what you will need for licensure, and what type of education will prepare you for the job market as a psychologist. Every state has very specific requirements for licensure of their psychologists, counselors and social workers. Here is a step by step guide of how to become licensed in your state.”
June 2012 Preparing for Success in Sport Psychology Graduate Programs: Karen Appleby: “Sport psychology is a growing field with exciting career opportunities for anyone interested in the psychological and emotional processes involved in sport and exercise participation (Appleby, 2007). A sport psychologist may focus on several different career paths including, but not limited to (a) coaching athletes toward athletic excellence; (b) teaching students about the psychological aspects of sport; (c) exercise participation such as motivation, goal orientation, self efficacy, and communication; and (d) consulting one-on-one with athletes in a private setting. All of these career paths have one thing in common: they require advanced graduate education.”
May 2012 Prepare for the GRE revised General Test: The revised GRE General Test was introduced in August 2011. The test features a new design and new question types. “Created by the makers of the test, these materials are as close to the GRE revised General Test as you can get.”
April 2012 Kisses of Death in the Graduate School Application Process: Drew Appleby: “A survey of psychology graduate admissions committee chairs revealed 5 categories of mistakes applicants make that diminish their probability of acceptance. We discuss 3 strategies that psychology departments can use to decrease the likelihood that students will commit these mistakes in their graduate school applications and
provide suggestions that will help students avoid these mistakes.”
March 2012 Genetics versus Genomics: Our question should not be, “Is this trait genetic?” but rather, “What roles are the genes playing in this trait, at this time, in this person or population?” The cases in this program address diverse issues – breast cancer, obesity, major depression, nicotine dependence – that are influenced in different ways by genes and environment. Genomics provides the tools to study inherited biological variation, and the way in which that variation contributes to the observable characteristics of humans.
February 2012
Articles, Research, & Resources in Psychology: Ken Pope: Clinical psychologist Ken Pope provides resources on topics such as assessment; boundaries in therapy; caregiver resources; end-of-life resources; ethics codes & practice guidelines for therapy, counseling, assessment, & forensics; articles on ethics & malpractice; forgiveness resources; informed consent; psychology laws & licensing boards; memory & abuse; sexual issues in therapy, counseling, teaching; suicide.
January 2012
How I Got Into the Stanford Psychology PhD Program: Eran Magen: “I promised myself that if I got into a program, I would try to pay it forward – and help people who are going through the same process as I was.”
December 2011
Sex on the Brain: William Saletan: Five researchers discussed “The Promise and Peril of Research on Sex Differences” at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
November 2011
Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism Speaks: “Behavior analysis is a scientific approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. “Behavior” refers to all kinds of actions and skills (not just misbehavior) and “environment” includes all sorts of physical and social events that might change or be changed by one’s behavior. The science of behavior analysis focuses on principles (that is, general laws) about how behavior works, or how learning takes place.”
October 2011
Look Behind the “Mask of Depression”: Jeffrey Applebaum: “In this Grand Rounds presentation from UC Davis, Jeffrey Applebaum, differentiates the primary anxiety disorders from the primary depressive disorders, unipolar depression from the bipolar disorder and bipolar disorder from ADHD.”
September 2011
Terrorism and its Consequences: SPSSI: “This special issue of Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy was conceived as a way to be helpful to faculty teaching during these difficult times, to their students, and to other readers by offering them some of the ideas and research of psychologists who have expertise in areas related to terrorism and its consequences.”
August 2011
Applied Behavior Analysis: The Case for Licensure: Michael Dorsey: “The evolution of the field of applied behavior analysis to a practice-oriented profession has created the need to ensure that the consumers of these services are adequately protected. We review the limitations of the current board certification process and present a rationale for the establishment of licensing standards for applied behavior analysts on a state-by-state basis.”
July 2011
Job Search: Indeed: Indeed is a powerful job search site. For an example of its power, someone with a BA in Psychology could go to “Advanced Job Search” and enter “Bachelors Psychology” and “within 25 miles” of a particular zip code or city. Indeed describes itself as “the #1 job site worldwide.”
June 2011
Alzheimer’s Diagnostic Guidelines: “For the first time in 27 years, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease dementia have been revised, and research guidelines for earlier stages of the disease have been characterized to reflect a deeper understanding of the disorder. The National Institute on Aging/Alzheimer’s Association Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease outline some new approaches for clinicians and provide scientists with more advanced guidelines for moving forward with research on diagnosis and treatments. They mark a major change in how experts think about and study Alzheimer’s disease.”
May 2011
All Psychology Careers: “Psychology, counseling, therapy and social work. Explore
the world of psychology and learn how fundamental concepts that explain human behavior and emotions are reshaping the way we live our lives. Explore a comprehensive list of psychology fields and career options.”
April 2011
Top Ten Autism Research Findings: Autism Speaks: “Not only has the research community continued to make significant findings on the underlying causes of autism spectrum disorders, work has progressed on effective treatments to improve the quality of life of people with autism.”
March 2011
GRE Changes are Closer than they Appear: Eric Landrum: “There are major changes brewing for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test that go into effect August 2011. So if you are planning a graduate school application Fall 2011 or Spring 2012, you’ll need to be careful about your planning and study strategies, depending on when you take the GRE.”
February 2011
The Joy of Stats: Gapminder: Hans Rosling says there’s nothing boring about stats, and then goes on to prove it! A one-hour documentary broadcast by BBC, 2010.
January 2011
Counseling vs. Clinical: APA: What is the difference between a clinical psychologist and a counseling psychologist?
December 2010
PsychologyCareerCenter: This website was established to help aspiring psychologists, psychology students and job seekers make better, more informed career choices by providing them with relevant, reliable and up-to-date career development, job search and employment information.
November 2010
The Brain Video Series: Charlie Rose interviews the most knowledgeable scientists and researchers in episodes examining different aspects of the brain, including perception, social perception, aging, creativity, mental illness, and anxiety. Featured in the series is Dr. Eric Kandel, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at Columbia University, who has received the Nobel Prize in physiology in 2000 for his research into the biological mechanisms of learning and memory.
October 2010
Brain Facts: Society for Neuroscience is a 74-page primer on the brain and nervous system. Designed for a lay audience as an introduction to neuroscience, the book has chapters on The Neuron, Brain Development, Sensation and Perception, Learning, Memmory, Language, Movement, Sleep, Stress, Aging, Neural Disorders, New Diagnostic Methods, Potential Therapies, and Neuroethics.
September 2010 Directory of both online and campus-based psychology degree programs (both undergraduate and graduate) in the United States. Includes information about career paths in mental health and choosing a specialty area as well as interviews with professionals in psychology and counseling. Search for programs based on multiple criteria.
August 2010 Search for programs by state, zip code, specialty area, or degree. Includes articles related to psychology specialties.
July 2010
Stem Cell Basics: NIH: “This primer on stem cells is intended for anyone who wishes to learn more about the biological properties of stem cells, the important questions about stem cells that are the focus of scientific research, and the potential use of stem cells in research and in treating disease.”
June 2010
Authentic Happiness: Martin Seligman: Martin Seligman is Director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. “His research has demonstrated that it is possible to be happier — to feel more satisfied, to be more engaged with life, find more meaning, have higher hopes, and probably even laugh and smile more, regardless of one’s circumstances. Positive psychology interventions can also lastingly decrease depression symptoms.” All resources on the website are free.
May 2010
Social Work Issue Fact Sheets: NASW: Professional social workers assist individuals, groups, or communities to restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, while creating societal conditions favorable to their goals. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior, of social, economic and cultural institutions, and of the interaction of all these factors.” Issues include mental health, social justice, school social work, aging, children and families, and poverty.
April 2010
Applied Behavior Analysis and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Kennedy Krieger Institute: Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a discipline concerned with the application of behavioral science in real-world settings such as clinics or schools with the aim of addressing socially important issues such as behavior problems and learning.”
March 2010
Science, Faith, and Human Nature: Warren Brown Lecture 1 Lecture 2 Lecture 3: “Is dualism a necessary part of a Christian view of humankind? What are the practical consequences of dualism for Christian praxis and for psychological theories and interventions? Is dualism tenable within the context of modern neuroscience and neuropsychology? What might a monist (or physicalist) Christian theological anthropology be like?
February 2010
Neurodevelopmental Disorders: UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Lectures: The UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series features lectures by researchers in neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.
January 2010
Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century: Dan Christie: “This text brings together the key concepts, themes, theories, and practices that are defining peace psychology today.”
December 2009
The Future of Children “The mission of The Future of Children is to translate the best social science research about children and youth into information that is useful to policymakers, practitioners, grant-makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy.”
November 2009
What Is a Survey?: Fritz Scheuren (1.01MB PDF) This booklet was “designed to promote a better understanding of what is involved in carrying out sample surveys – especially those aspects that have to be taken into account in evaluating the results of surveys.”
October 2009
Assisted Living Directory: “Assisted Living Directory is a 100% free service and was created to provide a highly useful, simple-to-use and free site for the assisted living market . . . In addition to a directory, we research and write original articles related to assisted living, long term care, Alzheimer’s, marketing & much more.”
September 2009
Brain Science Podcast: Ginger Campbell: “On the Brain Science Podcast we explore how recent scientific discoveries are unraveling age-old mysteries, such as intelligence, emotions, personality, and memory. We also look at why the brain is much more complex than any computer yet devised. We discuss the latest books and interview leading scientists.”
August 2009
National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, 1997-2010: DHHS: “… this is the first national study that examines child and family well-being outcomes in detail and seeks to relate those outcomes to their experience with the child welfare system and to family characteristics, community environment, and other factors … The NSCAW makes available for the first time nationally representative longitudinal data drawn from first-hand reports from children, parents, and other caregivers, as well as reports from caseworkers, teachers, and data from administrative records.”
July 2009
Discovering Psychology: Annenberg Media: “A video instructional series on introductory psychology for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 26 half-hour video programs. Highlighting major new developments in the field, this updated edition of Discovering Psychology offers high school and college students … an overview of historic and current theories of human behavior. Stanford University professor and author Philip Zimbardo narrates as leading researchers, practitioners, and theorists probe the mysteries of the mind and body.”
June 2009
Archive of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis: “… we can now make available all work ever published in this journal. Since its birth in 1968, approximately 2,500 articles on about 22,000 pages have appeared. PDF versions of everything are now available at no charge … Journal issues are made freely accessible to the general public about six months (two issues) after publication.”
May 2009
Careers in Music Therapy: AMTA “Music therapists are employed in many different settings including general and psychiatric hospitals, community mental health agencies, rehabilitation centers, day care facilities, nursing homes, schools and private practice. Music therapists provide services for adults & children with psychiatric disorders, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, speech and hearing impairments, physical disabilities, and neurological impairments, among others.”
April 2009
What is Applied Behavior Analysis? CARD: “Applied behavior analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior.”
March 2009
Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy for Autism: Healing Thresholds: “The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) approach teaches social, motor, and verbal behaviors as well as reasoning skills. APA treatment is especially useful in teaching behaviors to children with autism who may otherwise not “pick up” these behaviors on their own as other children would. The ABA approach can be used by a parent, counselor, or certified behavior analyst.”
February 2009
Self-Knowledge: Its Limits, Value, and Potential for Improvement: Timothy Wilson (136K PDF): “How well do people know themselves? What are the major impediments to selfknowledge? Is it always to people’s advantage to try to analyze themselves? First, we review the most commonly cited reason why people lack self-knowledge, namely motivational factors that lead to repression or suppression. Second, we review nonmotivational systemic reasons why people do not have full access to their mental processes, focusing on research that has found dissociations between implicit and explicit mental processes. Third, we discuss ways in which self-knowledge might be increased and whether this is a worthy goal, focusing on research on introspection and self-perception.”
January 2009
The Curriculum Vita: A Student’s Guide to Preparation: Eric Landrum: “Undergraduate psychology majors with aspirations toward graduate school have a number of preparations to make. It is well known by now that the top factors that influence graduate school admissions are grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, research experience, and autobiographical statements … this article focuses on advice to students in CV preparation and includes a sample student CV.”
December 2008
You’re Writing Your Own Letter of Recommendation: John Norcross: “… your behavior over the past 3 (or more) years of your academic life largely determines what we will write about you. Your behavior, your performance dictates the tone and content of our letter on your behalf … In a recent study of hundreds of graduate programs in psychology … program directors rated letters of recommendation as the single most important criterion in their admissions decisions. Yet, students routinely underestimate the value that admissions committees accord to letters of recommendation.”
November 2008
Simply Psychology: Saul McLeod: Designed for psychology students in the UK, this site provides extensive information about historical figures in psychology, debates in psychology, approaches in psychology, research methods, and much more.
October 2008
The Psychology of Prejudice: Scott Plous (386K PDF): “… prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination are distinct from one another, even though in daily life they often occur together … this overview will discuss each one separately, beginning with research on prejudice.”
September 2008
Top 100 Mental Health and Psychology Blogs: Online University Reviews: “Whether you work in the field of mental health or are simply interested in the subject, keeping abreast of the news, opinions and commentary within the online blogging community can be overwhelming … Although it was difficult to narrow thousands of noteworthy resources down to the top 100, below is a categorized list of what we feel are the most popular, informative and/or unique mental health and psychology blogs on the Web.”
August 2008
Cognitive Therapy Today: Beck Institute: “This blog is written by the staff of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research … as a resource for everyone — for professionals, students and the general public. We’ll talk about what’s happening globally with CT research studies and training programs … We’d also like this blog to answer your questions about what CT is and how it works”
July 2008
The 100 Most Eminent Psychologists of the 20th Century (66K PDF): “A rank-ordered list was constructed that reports the … most eminent psychologists of the 20th century.”
June 2008
B.F. Skinner: Science and Human Behavior (1.63MB PDF): “Science is more than the mere description of events as they occur. It is an attempt to discover order, to show that certain events stand in lawful relations to other events … Science not only describes, it predicts. It deals not only with the past but with the future … If we are to use the methods of science in the field of human affairs, we must assume that behavior is lawful and determined. We must expect to discover that what a man does is the result of specifiable conditions and that once these conditions have been discovered, we can anticipate and to some extent determine his actions.”
May 2008
Synaptic Transmission: A Four-Step Process: Betty Zimmerberg: “There are four fundamental steps in the process of synaptic transmission; likewise, there are four primary divisions of content in this web site. Each division, which corresponds to one of the four steps of synaptic transmission, is organized around specific neurotransmitters. For each neurotransmitter, there are a series of pages to describe the specific role of that neurotransmitter within the broader process of synapti c transmission. These specific pages illustrate the role of each neurotransmitter through the use of computer animations which are accompanied with thorough explanatory text. Finally, each series of pages devoted to a specific neurotransmitter conclude by connecting the role of that neurotransmitter to a particular clinical application, such as schizophrenia, autism, anxiety, or depression.”
April 2008
Graduate Study in Psychology: AmoebaWeb: “Applying to graduate programs in psychology can be overwhelming! What do I need to ask? What degree should I pursue? How do I choose a program of study within psychology? How do I get organized? What are graduate programs looking for? What tests do I need to take? How should I prepare for required tests? Can I get financial aid? How do I apply? Graduate Study in Psychology provides easy access to content resources related to all stages of graduate applications. In addition to content resources, the site provides direct links to doctoral programs across the United States.”
March 2008
PCSP: Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy: “PCSP is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal and database. It is intended to provide innovative, quantitative and qualitative knowledge about psychotherapy process and outcome, for both researchers and practitioners.”
February 2008
Rembrandt and Psychology: Reflections on the Return of the Prodigal Son: In the beautiful State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia hangs one of Rembrandt’s most beautiful paintings: The Return of the Prodigal Son. “As you gaze at this painting, we discuss the question of how our Christian faith informs our understanding of psychology, and how psychology informs our understanding of spiritual truths.”
January 2008
Psychology: An Introduction: Russell Dewey: A complete, 725 page introductory psychology textbook!
December 2007
Postmodernism and Psychology: Louis Hoffman: “… there are at least 2 broad categories to postmodern psychology. First, there is the deconstructivist postmodern approach. A primary focus is critiquing and deconstructing modernism … A second, more emergent approach builds a constructive epistemology built off the principles of epistemological pluralism.”
November 2007
Neuroscience For Kids: Eric Chudler: Not for kids only! “Neuroscience for Kids has been created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system.” This extensive site provides a solid, well-documented, clear, entertaining introduction to neuroscience. Among the many topics covered are the following: Brain Basics; Higher Functions; The Neuron; Neurotransmitters; Drug Effects; Sensory Systems; Neurological and Mental Disorders. Highly recommended.
October 2007
Parenting Skills/Discipline: Elaine Gibson: This resource presents Elaine Gibson’s insights on parenting difficult children. Among the many topics discussed are the following: Discipline: Using Natural and Logical Consequences to Teach; The Importance of Setting Limits; Instead of Orders, Offer Choices; How They Grow: Birth Through Age Twelve; Three-Step Discipline Plan; Parenting Guidelines.
September 2007
Bad Human Factors Designs: Michael Darnell: Have some fun examining a “scrapbook of illustrated examples of things that are hard to use because they do not follow human factors principles.”
August 2007
Behavior Modification in the Classroom: Nancy Mather: Behavior modification assumes that observable and measurable behaviors are good targets for change. All behavior follows a set of consistent rules. Methods can be developed for defining, observing, and measuring behaviors, as well as designing effective interventions.
July 2007
Risk Taking: David Llewellyn: This site provides an introduction to the psychology of risk taking for the general reader and research resources for psychologists.
June 2007
Psychological Services in Long Term Care: Michael Duffy (137K PDF): Psychological services for older adults in long term care facilities are increasingly needed as the older (and especially the old-old (85+)) segment of our population has grown dramatically … Increasingly, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have become the new psychiatric residential settings for older adults … The new field of Clinical Geropsychology is now recognized by the American Psychological Association as a Proficiency in Professional Psychology. Increasing numbers of psychologists, clinical, counseling, family and neuropsychologists, are providing services in nursing homes.”
May 2007
Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: University of Virginia: “For forty years, from 1932 to 1972, 399 African-American males were denied treatment for syphilis and deceived by officials of the United States Public Health Service. As part of a study conducted in Macon County, Alabama, poor sharecroppers were told they were being treated for “bad blood.” In fact, the physicians in charge of the study ensured that these men went untreated. In the 25 years since its details first were revealed, the Tuskegee Syphilis study has become a powerful symbol of racism in medicine, ethical misconduct in human research, and goverment abuse of the vulnerable.”
April 2007
Careers in Psychology and the Law: A Guide for Prospective Students: American Psychology-Law Society(250K PDF): “The field of psychology and law involves the application of scientific and professional aspects of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. There are a number of specialties that psychologists may pursue within the larger area of psychology and law. This field encompasses contributions made in a number of different areas–research, clinical practice, public policy, and teaching/training among them–from a variety of orientations within the field of psychology, such as developmental, social, cognitive, and clinical.”
March 2007
History of Psychology: George Boeree: “This is an e-text about the historical and philosophical background of Psychology. It was originally written for the benefit of my students at Shippensburg University, but I hope that it helps anyone with an intellectual interest in the field.”
February 2007
Wikipedia Psychology Portal: Wikipedia’s user-edited free encyclopedia provides a wide-ranging overview of psychology. Included are sections on the history of psychology, research methods, fields of research psychology (abnormal, biological, cognitive, comparative, developmental, personality quantitative, social), and fields of applied psychology (clinical, counseling, educational, psychology and law, health psychology, human factors psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, school psychology).
January 2007
The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ): CMAJ is the leading health sciences journal in Canada.CMAJ is an open- and free-access journal, providing free access on the Web without registration. CMAJ is a general medical journal publishing original research and review articles, commentaries and editorials, practice updates, and health news.
December 2006
Trends in Human Development: Laura Berk: “The work of my research group has been guided by Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory, a leading perspective in contemporary developmental psychology that regards uniquely human, higher forms of mental activity as originating in social and cultural experiences … We are intensely interested in the role that private speech plays in learningtfor normally developing children and children with serious difficulties with attention and regulation of behavior. Our work is part of a much larger Vygotsky-inspired literature that is revolutionizing the field’s view of the importance of social and cultural contexts for cognitive development, offering new insights into the development of children with serious learning problems, and energizing a plethora of innovative educational interventions and programs.”
November 2006
Identifying Problems in Treatment: Judith Beck: Excerpt from Judith Beck’s book Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: What To Do When the Basics Don’t Work.
October 2006
How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: “Science now offers new conceptions of the learning process and the development of competent performance. Recent research provides a deep understanding of complex reasoning and performance on problem-solving tasks and how skill and understanding in key subjects are acquired. This book presents a contemporary account of principles of learning.” Recent research has generated new conceptions of learning in five areas: memory and structure of knowledge; analysis of problem solving and reasoning; early foundations; metacognitive processes and self-regulatory capabilities; cultural experience and community participation.
September 2006
Industrial and Organizational Psychology: The mission of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is “to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology. Industrial-organizational psychology helps develop strategies that build better organizations. An I-O psychologist can help you with staffing, workforce development, and workplace climate issues.”
August 2006
Sex and Cognition: Doreen Kimura: Homepage of prominent researcher Doreen Kimura, with links to several articles on cognitive differences between men and women.
July 2006
Sleep Resources: WebMD: Good sleep resources. Includes Sleep Basics, Treatment of Sleep Disorders (including behavioral treatments, medications, and alternative therapies), Symptoms and Prevention of Sleep Disorders, Sleep Diary, Near Death Experiences, Sleep Disorders Quiz, and an FAQ.
June 2006
ePsych: Gary Bradshaw: “This site is designed to teach about psychological processes in a rich experiential setting. But we don’t want to be dull and boring along the way. Cheesy? Sure! Silly? No doubt! Stuffy? Never!!!”
May 2006
Online Readings in Psychology and Culture: Western Washington University: “Consisting of short chapters relating to many aspects of the interface between psychology and culture, Online Readings in Psychology and Culture is designed to be used by professors to supplement lectures and textbooks in any psychology course, or as the primary readings for courses in psychology and culture.”
April 2006
B.F. Skinner Foundation: B.F. Skinner was one of the three most important and influential psychologists in the history of the discipline. This Web site is “the authoritative site for information about B . F. Skinner and the science he initiated.” Included is a brief survey of operant behavior by B.F. Skinner and a brief biography of B.F. Skinner by Skinner’s daughter, Julie Vargas. “Behavior is affected by its consequences.”
March 2006
Psychology Writing Guides: The Psychology Writing Center at the University of Washington provides “over 20 guides to writing scientific papers, using APA citation format, writing personal statements for graduate school, taking essay exams, and avoiding plagiarism.”
February 2006
gradPSYCH: APA: “gradPSYCH is the magazine of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) … The magazine’s mission is to provide psychology graduate students with cutting-edge information on innovative psychology careers; financial information, training and supervision; graduate student lifestyle issues; and emerging trends in psychology practice, research, and education. gradPSYCH also includes a state-by-state advertising section of internships, fellowships, and other employment opportunities for graduate students in psychology.”
January 2006
Cross-Cultural Psychology in the 21st Century: David Matsumoto: “… cross-cultural research has also produced important cultural differences. These occur in temperament, attachment, and child-rearing; cognitive, moral, and socioemotional development; the structure and function of language; rules for displaying and perceiving emotions; psychopathology and physical health; and much more. Collectively, they tell us that culture plays an important role in shaping human experience and worldview as well. “
December 2005
The Brain From Top To Bottom: “The brain may be bewildering in its complexity but this McGill University-hosted web site, The Brain from Top to Bottom brings its workings within the reach of everyone. What happens when you laugh? Love? Feel pain? Translate thoughts into words? Sleep and dream? Three levels of explanation, from Beginners to Intermediate to Advanced, are offered on these and other brain-processed activities. And there’s more: you get insights into how every thought is accompanied by events at the social, psychological, neurological, cellular and molecular levels”: INMHA
November 2005
Existential Psychotherapy: Dr. Louis Hoffman “Existential psychotherapy is a powerful approach to therapy which takes seriously the human condition. It is an optimistic approach in that it embraces human potential, while remaining a realistic approach through its recognition of human limitation. Falling in the tradition of the depth psychotherapies, existential therapy has much in common with psychodynamic, humanistic, experiential, and relational approaches to psychotherapy.”
October 2005
The Secret Life of the Brain: PBS: The five-part PBS program follows brain development across the lifetime. Web features include interactive 3-D brain anatomy, scanning the brain, illusions, and history of the brain. Episodes include the Baby’s Brain, Child’s Brain, Teenager’s Brain, Adult Brain, and Aging Brain.
September 2005
Psychological Science and Spiritual Pursuits: David Myers: “Science also informs the spiritual quest as it helps us winnow genuine from pseudo spirituality. When people make certain claims of spiritual intuition, science can test them. Putting spiritual claims to the test may sound like letting the scientific fox into the spiritual chicken coop; but actually a religious mandate for science exists—even science applied to religion.”
August 2005
Understanding Plagiarism: Indiana University Bloomington: “Plagiarism. A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person without appropriate acknowledgment. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge an indebtedness whenever he or she does any of the following:
a. Quotes another person’s actual words, either oral or written;
b. Paraphrases another person’s words, either oral or written;
c. Uses another person’s idea, opinion, or theory; or
d. Borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative material, unless the information is common knowledge.” This site provides information, illustrative cases and examples, a practice quiz with feedback, and a test leading to a confirmation certificate upon successful completion.
July 2005
Elizabeth Loftus: Elizabeth Loftus is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. “I study human memory. My experiments reveal how memories can be changed by things that we are told. Facts, ideas, suggestions and other forms of post-event information can modify our memories. The legal field, so reliant on memories, has been a significant application of the memory research. My interest in psychology and law, more generally, has grown from this application.” This site has links to many full-text articles.
June 2005
Neuroscience Tutorial: Washington University School of Medicine: “An illustrated guide to the essential basics of clinical neuroscience created in conjunction with the first-year course for medical students.”
May 2005
Biological Psychology Newslinks: Biological Psychology links to thousands of news stories, updated daily and organized by keyword.
April 2005
Marky Lloyd’s Careers in Psychology Page: “My primary motive in developing this site is to help undergraduate students learn what they can do with a degree in psychology. The resources on this page focus on: (1) careers in psychology at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level and (2) academic information about psychology at the bachelor’s and graduate levels.”
March 2005 developmental behavioral pediactrics online: “ … is aimed at professionals interested in child development and behavior, especially in the medical setting. We have increased our focus on primary care development and behavior, especially early identification and screening.”
February 2005
Stanford University Center for Narcolepsy: “Narcolepsy is a serious medical disorder and a key to understanding other sleep disorders … The disease is principally characterized by a permanent and overwhelming feeling of sleepiness and fatigue.” The Web site includes full-text articles, movies illustrating narcolepsy, and information about medications used to treat the disorder.
January 2005
Children, Ethics, and the Law: Gerald Koocher and Patricia Keith-Spiegel(627K PDF): Introduces a variety of ethical and legal issues that may arise for mental health workers in the course of everyday work with children, adolescents, and their families. Chapters include Psychotherapy with Children, Ethical Issues in the Psychological Assessment of Children, Confidentiality and Clinical Competence in Serving Children and Families, Research with Children, Kids and the Courts.
December 2004
Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams: National Cancer Institute: “This free, web-based course presents information about the rights and welfare of human participants in research. The two-hour tutorial is designed for those involved in conducting research involving human participants. It satisfies the NIH human subjects training requirement for obtaining Federal Funds.”
November 2004
Psychology and Law: Matthew Huss: This examination of psychology and law examines jury selection, decision making, eyewitness identification, and traditional clinical concepts of treatment and assessment within the legal context.
October 2004
September 2004
Academic Integrity: A Letter To My Students: William Taylor “… integrity is important in this course precisely because integrity is important in all areas of life. If we don’t have integrity in the small things, if we find it possible to justify plagiarism or cheating or shoddy work in things that don’t seem important, how will we resist doing the same in areas that really do matter, in areas where money might be at stake, or the possibility of advancement, or our esteem in the eyes of others? “
August 2004
Eye on Psi Chi: “Eye on Psi Chi features informative articles about careers, graduate school admission, chapter ideas, personal development, the various fields of psychology, and important issues related to our discipline.”
July 2004
Studies in Moral Development and Education: “Systematic research and scholarship on moral development has been going on for most of this century … Moral education is becoming an increasingly popular topic in the fields of psychology and education. Media reports of increased violent juvenile crime, teen pregnancy, and suicide have caused many to declare a moral crisis in our nation. While not all of these social concerns are moral in nature, and most have complex origins, there is a growing trend towards linking the solutions to these and related social problems to the teaching of moral and social values in our public schools. However, considerations of the role schools can and should play in the moral development of youth are themselves the subject of controversy.”
June 2004
ADD Resources: ADD Resources is a national non-profit organization for people with Attention Deficit Disorder. This site has dozens of free articles by national ADHD authorities and by adults with ADD.
May 2004
Caring for Infants and Toddlers: The Future of Children: “During the first three years of life, the infant’s brain and body, mind and personality take shape, influenced by everyday experiences of learning and nurturing provided by parents and other caregivers. But how is caregiving itself managed by today’s families now that more than 60% of mothers with infants and toddlers are employed? This journal issue considers the caregiving options and supports available in the United States and abroad to families with children under age three—including parental leave and child care.”
April 2004
Interesting Careers in Psychology: American Psychological Association: This site tells the stories of many psychologists with traditional training who work in some relatively non-traditional places. “Those who have ‘taken a different path’ relate their own experiences of how they got to where they are now and the valuable lessons they learned along the way to employment ‘beyond the lab.’ “
March 2004
Big Ideas in Social Psychology and Religion: David Myers: “Which concepts might we include on our short list of social psychology’s big ideas? … And how well do these big ideas about human nature connect with those found in other fields, such as religious studies? Every religious tradition offers answers to some big questions: Who are we? Why are we here? What ought we to do? So let’s ask, how do some of social psychology’s big ideas connect with those of the Jewish-Christian religious tradition that prevails in Europe and the Americas?”
February 2004
Industrial/Organizational Psychology 2010: A Research Odyssey: Brian Schrader: “The field of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology can be roughly divided into seven primary areas of research: personnel selection, training, performance appraisal, leadership, work motivation, work attitudes, and organizational issues.” This article explores the “current hot topics and future trends and where they may take I/O Psychology in the next quarter-century.”
January 2004
Practice Guidelines: American Psychiatric Association: The American Psychiatric Association provides guidelines for the treatment of individuals with schizophrenia, substance abuse disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV/AIDS, major depressive disorder, panic disorder, borderline personality disorder, suicidal behaviors, and delirium.
December 2003
Parenting and its Effects on Children: On Reading and Misreading Behavior Genetics: Eleanor Maccoby: “There is clear evidence that parents can and do influence children. There is equally clear evidence that children’s genetic makeup affects their own behavioral characteristics, and also influences the way they are treated by their parents … Children’s genetic predispositions and their parents’ childrearing regimes are seen to be closely interwoven, and the ways in which they function jointly to affect children’s development are explored.”
November 2003
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Constructive Memory: Daniel Schacter: “… Memory is not a literal reproduction of the past but instead depends on constructive processes that are sometimes prone to errors, distortions, and illusions … This review attempts to integrate diverse empirical and theoretical observations concerning constructive memory phenomena from four different areas of research: cognitive studies of young adults, neuropsychological investigations of brain-damaged patients, studies of cognitive aging, and research using brain-imaging techniques.”
October 2003
MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching: “MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.”
September 2003
Psi Chi Distinguished Lectures: “Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.” Lectures by distinguished psychologists including Margaret Matlin, Robert Rosenthal, Diane Halpern, Robert Sternberg, Martin Seligman, Philip Zimbardo, Duane Rumbaugh, Steven Pinker, and others are featured on this page. All the features of Psi Chi can be accessed from the Psi Chi Home.
August 2003
CASA: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse: “CASA’s missions are to: inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives; assess what works in prevention, treatment and law enforcement; encourage every individual and institution to take responsibility to combat substance abuse and addiction; provide those on the front lines with the tools they need to succeed; and remove the stigma of substance abuse and replace shame and despair with hope.”
July 2003
VassarStats: Web Site for Statistical Computation: VassarStats is a powerful and user-friendly site that allows a wide range of statistical analyses to be conducted. Among the analyses that are available are the following: basic descriptive statistics, t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, correlation and regression, and analyses for frequency data (such as chi-square) and ordinal data. A textbook companion site (Concepts and Applications of Inferential Statistics) is linked to VassarStats. VassarStats is authored by Richard Lowry of Vassar College.
June 2003
Prevention & Treatment: American Psychological Association: “Prevention & Treatment is a peer-reviewed electronic journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association. Prevention & Treatment publishes major empirical and theoretical research on prevention, the outcome of psychotherapy and social and environmental interventions, biologically oriented therapy, and the combination of such interventions. In addition, Prevention & Treatment publishes integrative reviews of the literature relevant to therapy, prevention, and the underlying personality processes as they relate to interventions.”
May 2003
Positive Psychology, Positive Prevention, and Positive Therapy: Martin E.P. Seligman: “The aim of Positive Psychology is to catalyze a change in psychology from a preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building the best qualities in life . . . The field of Positive Psychology at the subjective level is about positive subjective experience: well being and satisfaction (past), and flow, joy, the sensual pleasures, and happiness (present), and constructive cognitions about the future-optimism, hope, and faith. At the individual level it is about positive individual traits — the capacity for love and vocation, courage, interpersonal skill, aesthetic sensibility, perseverance, forgiveness, originality, future-mindedness, high talent, and wisdom. At the group level it is about the civic virtues and the institutions that move individuals toward better citizenship: responsibility, nurturance, altruism, civility, moderation, tolerance, and work ethic.”
April 2003
Research Methods Knowledge Base: William Trochim: “The Research Methods Knowledge Base is a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods. It covers the entire research process including: formulating research questions; sampling (probability and nonprobability); measurement (surveys, scaling, qualitative, unobtrusive); research design (experimental and quasi-experimental); data analysis; and, writing the research paper. It also addresses the major theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research including: the idea of validity in research; reliability of measures; and ethics.”
March 2003
Information on Self-Efficacy: A Community of Scholars: According to Albert Bandura, “Perceived self-efficacy is defined as people’s beliefs about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance that exercise influence over events that affect their lives. Self-efficacy beliefs determine how people feel, think, motivate themselves and behave.” On this site, Frank Pajares provides a wealth of information on self-efficacy, including published and unpublished articles, teaching materials, measures of self-efficacy, and lists of self-efficacy researchers.
February 2003
1. Memory and Reality: False Memory Syndrome Foundation: “Some of our memories are true, some are a mixture of fact and fantasy, and some are false–whether those memories seem to be continuous or seem to be recalled after a time of being forgotten or not thought about.”
2. Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse: Scientific Research and Scholarly Resources: “Amnesia for childhood sexual abuse is a condition. The existence of this condition is beyond dispute.”
January 2003
Classics in the History of Psychology: “Classics in the History of Psychology is an effort to make the full texts of a large number of historically significant public domain documents from the scholarly literature of psychology and allied disciplines available on the World Wide Web. There are now over 25 books and about 200 articles and chapters on-line.”
December 2002
USC AgeWorks: AgeWorks provides a wealth of information on aging, including changes with aging, healthy aging, diseases and conditions, and prevention issues.
November 2002
Social Psychology Network: The premier online resource for psychology (featuring but not limited to social psychology). Directory for subject areas within psychology, teaching resources, online studies, journals, researchers, doctoral programs, and much more.
October 2002
Mental Disorders in America: The National Institute of Mental Health provides a wealth of information about mental disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, autism, suicide, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Alzheimer’s Disease.
September 2002 The Online Ethics Center at Case Western Reserve University provides “cases, guidelines, discussions, and regulations bearing on the responsible conduct of research, including both issues of research integrity and issues of the treatment of the research subject. Research conditions described in the cases, scenarios, and dramatic readings range over a variety of disciplines.”
August 2002
Psychological Research in the 21st Century: Edited by Jane Halonen and Stephen Davis, this “e-book” is sponsored by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Its thirteen chapters, written by leading scholars, provide “a broad overview of what research agenda and approaches this new century calls for across many of psychology’s subdisciplines.” Health; Personality; I/O; Neuroscience; Cross-Cultural; Cognition; Social; Gender; Perception; Development; Law; Psychopathology; Comparative.
July 2002
Lectures on Brain, Learning, and Memory: The Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at UCI invites the world’s leading neuroscientists to share their insights on brain functions that allow us to process information and store memories. (Transcripts and Webcasts)
June 2002
Explore the Brain: A remarkable site presenting solid information with style! Topics include Brain Basics, Drug Effects, Sensory Systems, and Neurological and Mental Disorders.
May 2002
Stanford Prison Experiment: “What happens when you put good people in an evil place? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University.”
April 2002
A Guide to Psychology and its Practice: Raymond Richmond: “A common-sense approach to some common questions and concerns about the practice of clinical psychology.”