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An Introduction to Psychology

Familiarize yourself with the basic theories and methods found in psychology and learn how they can play a big role in your daily life and your relationships with loved ones.

three generations eating breakfast in the same way
Everything You Should Know About the Chameleon Effect
Human anatomy scientific illustrations: Brain side view
Psychosurgery may be used to treat severe mental health disorders.
Woman being bullied on the Internet.
The Psychology of Cyberbullying
conspiracy theories
Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?
thinking illustration
What Happens to Your Body When You're Thinking?
traits of a psychopath
Could Someone I Know Be a Psychopath?
Woman with big smile during exercise.
How to Increase Your Endorphins
Individuals with Stockholm syndrome may feel bad for their captors.
Why Do Some Victims Develop Stockholm Syndrome?
Cults attract people with promises of rewarding them.
What Actually Constitutes a Cult?
Artist Sadie Clayton (R) is seen with "Ai-Da", the first ultra-realistic robot artist.
The Uncanny Valley: Why Realistic Robots Are Creepy
Character strenghts
Making Sense of Character Strengths
Divorce Support Group
The 7 Best Online Divorce Support Groups of 2021
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Quantitative and qualitative research answer different questions
Woman having negative medication side effects
How the Nocebo Effect Influences Your Response to Treatment
Woman writing a list.
How the Primacy Effect Can Help You in Your Life
Interference of similar memories
What Is Interference in Psychology?
Woman with negative thoughts
Why Our Brains Are Hardwired to Focus on the Negative
Mental illness isn't always what you think.
How Different Mental Illnesses Are Diagnosed and Treated
internal and external validity
Understanding Internal and External Validity
Researchers looking at video screens.
What Are the Research Domain Criteria?
What is psychology
What You Should Know About Psychology
Woman thinking at kitchen table
Why Does the Tip-of-the-Tongue Phenomenon Happen?
Lonely child sitting on play park playground bench
The Warning Signs of Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children
Young woman listening to music while commuting
10 Surprising Psychological Benefits of Music
USA, New Jersey, Woman sitting on sofa and playing acoustic guitar
Proven Psychological Strategies for Learning Something New
Therapist reviews patient's case
What Exactly Is Psychopathology?
icd vs dsm-5
How Does the ICD-11 Compare to the DSM-5?
Smaller parts of the brain
How Psychologists Use Reductionism to Understand Behavior
Woman using digital tablet on window sill
What Exactly Is a Nervous Breakdown?
Sigmund Freud reading at his desk
How Does Sublimation Influence Your Behavior?
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What Externalizing Means in Psychiatry
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Why Some Disorders Are Not Found in the DSM-5
Grandfather and grandson sharing a tablet-pc
Kids Who Are Too Friendly With Strangers May Have This Disorder
What is naturalistic observation?
The Pros and Cons of Naturalistic Observation
Students Studying
How Psychologists Use Normative Groups for Testing
six famous psychologists posing in front of college building
From 1878 to Today: A Timeline of History of Modern Psychology
row of empty chairs in waiting room
How a Wait List Control Group Is Used in an Experiment
Woman sitting at desk and smiling
10 Ways Psychology Can Help You Live a Better Life
Fully functioning person
How Do You Know If You're a Fully Functioning Person?
intense portrait of a thoughtful woman
The Different Types of Psychological Reactions to a Crisis
Female college student conducting scientific experiment in science laboratory classroom
Using Simple Experiments to Find a Cause-and-Effect Relationship
A woman holding a pill
How Does the Placebo Effect Work?
Filling in answer bubbles
The Importance of Reliability in Psychological Tests
Spontaneous recovery of a response
Why Spontaneous Recovery Is Important in Psychology
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The Role of Meta-Analysis in Scientific Studies
Female therapist talking to couple in couples therapy session
How Clinical Psychologists Treat Mental Illness
Mental Health Organizations
These Mental Health Organizations Advocate for Patients
Woman in mental institute
How Halloween Costumes and Films of Mental Illness Contribute to Stigma
Woman experiencing catharsis
How Catharsis Can Bring About Great Insight and Positive Change
Eyewitness testimony can be enough to convict.
Should Eyewitness Testimony Be Enough to Convict Someone of a Crime?
Children with attachment disorders resist comforting.
What Does It Mean When a Child Has an Attachment Disorder?
Signing informed consent
How Informed Consent Is Used in Psychology Research and Treatment
College student studying at computer
10 Gift Ideas for the Psychology Students in Your Life
Mature woman with head in hands
Types of Psychiatric Disorders
Empty classroom
How Important Is Intelligence for a Mental Disorder Diagnosis?
Therapist with a client reclined on couch
How and When Confidential Information Can Be Disclosed in Therapy
Rorschach Test, black ink
Does the Rorschach Inkblot Test Really Work?
doctor reading DSM-5
The Latest 'Psychiatrists' Bible' Makes Some Controversial Changes
pill in hand
What Does "Mechanism of Action" Mean?
What Factors Make It More Likely That Young People Will Commit Murder?