Welcome to Psych Web!
Welcome to Psych Web! This Web site contains lots of psychology-related information for students and teachers of psychology. Browse through the subdivisions of the site on the left, or if you know the proper keywords for your topic, try a site-specific Google search below:
[02/08/2013] As you may know, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are the big new thing in higher education. This interests me because MOOCs share the original purpose of Psych Web: using the internet to make educational resources freely available. In a MOOC, an established professor offers a course online, complete with lectures, quizzes, and grading. If you complete the course, a certificate is awarded. Universities are pondering how to expand the potential of this approach and award actual credits, but for now the concept is experimental, free, and not for actual college credit, just for educational edification.
I stumbled on a very interesting MOOC: Introduction to Complex Systems, taught by Dr. Melanie Mitchell of Portland State University. I saw the announcement for it while visiting the web site of the Santa Fe Institute, one of the foremost institutions of complex systems research (a long-term interest of mine). So I signed up for the course, and I will get a student's perspective on this new MOOC phenomenon.
Here's a link if you want to check out the course.
Introduction to Complexity Theory course
I am pondering some evolutionary changes in Psych Web, also. Originally, when I put it online in early 1994, Psych Web was a way to direct students to interesting sites related to psychology, as well as dispensing some useful advice to psychology majors (via Marky Lloyd's Careers in Psychology site). In 2007 I put on Psych Web the introductory textbook that I had spent 30 years writing and using in my own classes at Georgia Southern University. About half the site traffic goes there now. In recent months I have received emails from China, Saudi Arabia, and Macedonia appreciating the availability of the intro book, so it is serving the originally intended purpose. The changes I have in mind extend the MOOC-like educational value of the site.
[09/27/2011] An email describes student reaction to the online introductory psychology textbook on this site (Psychology: An Introduction]. The book can also be accessed via intropsych.com. Communications like this are welcome, including those pointing out typos or potential improvements.
"Hello Dr. Dewey,
"Just a little note to thank you for making Psych Web and Psychology: An Introduction available online for all of us out here. I used it this past semester on my Introductory Psychology class for non-majors and was just reading through the comments that the students made about using an online book instead of a traditional book. An overwhelming majority prefers the online book. Throughout the semester I got many comments on how they liked the book and the study questions, in addition to the convenience to have it accessible online. The only complaints were that it was uncomfortable to read for extended periods of time (as is any material read through computer monitor, I guess). Some still prefer a traditional book, but I was quite surprised that even with the usual complaints, the vast majority of the students still chose your book when asked which would they prefer if given a choice (between an online book and paper one)." --A.I. Fraticelli-Torres, Ph.D, University of Puerto Rico
[10/29/2010] More people are using the free intro book at this site, which is great, but we exceeded our bandwidth allocation and were briefly offline. Tom, the guy who runs our web hosting service, responded by doubling the bandwidth at no charge. That is actually typical. The service at TRKhosting.com is impeccable. Thanks, Tom.
[08/31/2010] A new school year begins. One result is a big jump in the numbers of visitors to Psych Web. Welcome to students everywhere! (Special thanks for the friendly emails from China, India, Iran, Singapore, Fiji Island, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, UK, Canada, Mexico, not to mention the good old U.S.A.). If you are using the free online intro psych textbook, Psychology: An Introduction or just have general questions about psychology, feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
[08/12/2009] I noticed two interesting articles about online textbooks last week. First, the New York Times had a story: "In a Digital Future, Textbooks are History." Then the Wall Street Journal had an article titled, "Textbooks Offered for iPod, iPhones."
The Wall Street Journal article included a skeptical comment by an executive: "Nobody is going to use their iPhone to do their homework,.." But that is wrong! A month earlier I received an email from a student who was studying my online introductory psychology textbook, Psychology: An Introduction, on his iPhone. He said it was easy. And it is!
First visit intropsych.com and, if you are using a portable device, bookmark the site so you don't have to type out the address every time. Here's the intropsych.com home page on the iPod Touch browser. (If you plan on reading the whole 700+ page textbook, wedge a miniature cat between your fingers for comfort.)
Now rotate the iPhone or iPod Touch to give a wide view, and double-tap on the text column to expand it. This is familiar web browsing technique for iPhone or iPod Touch users. Other portable devices with touch-screen browsers will probably work in a similar way. The result is a very readable text column.
By a happy coincidence, the iPhone/iPod Touch technique encourages the optimal studying approach I recommended in Chapter Zero of the intropsych.com textbook. First read without using the questions. Then, when it is time to test your memory for specifics, go back and review the questions without looking at the text to see if you can recall the answers from memory.
That happens naturally on the iPod Touch or the iPhone. When reading the text column, the questions are out of sight, the way they should be. To see the study questions, you zoom out to a full page view (double-tap the screen) then double-tap on a study question. Then you can see the question, but you cannot see the answer.
The answer is nearby, in the text column to the right. First you truly test yourself (by not having the answer visible in your peripheral vision) then, if you need to double-check on the answer, double-tap the text column to see it.
[01/02/2009] My colleague Mike Nielsen successfully used intropsych.com for his introductory psychology class at Georgia Southern University during spring, summer, and fall term 2008. The students gave it high ratings, although a few did not like reading on the computer.
[09/03/2007] A complete, 725 page introductory psychology textbook has been added to the site. I have planned this for years, and I spent all summer getting it ready! Mike Nielsen (author of the Psychology of Religion site here on Psych Web) is using the book in his introductory psychology class at Georgia Southern this term. The presence of this book almost doubles the number of content pages on Psych Web. I have many updates to make to it, and I will be working on those during the coming months. In the meantime, check it out and let me know if you find any problems such as broken links and (inevitably) typos or other errors. [People have done that, and it has been very helpful.]
[06/03/2007] I have updated various pages with about 50 new links and corrections suggested by e-mail correspondents.
[01/12/2007] All 80 link pages in the Scholarly Resources and Self-Help sections have been updated.
[10/26/2006] If you haven't checked out Mike Nielsen's Psychology of Religion page, take a look; he has a great blog, too.
[01/15/2006] I have updated all pages of the Self Help section on Psych Web. In addition, I have discontinued the "Commerce" section and moved several of its pages into other sections. Here are links to the new locations of pages about biofeedback, licensure, software for psychologists, test publishers, and therapist finder sites.
[03/23/2005] Check out the list of "best online tests" (all free) on the Testing and Assessment page of Scholarly Psychology Resources on the Web.
[09/09/2004] I have tweaked the APA format crib sheet, making a few improvements in the final section which discusses reference formats.
[04/17/2004] I have reorganized the Self-Help section of Psych Web. Now there are pages devoted to each disorder. The amount of great, interesting material "out there" made this task enjoyable.
[03/10/2004] The Dream FAQ has been updated. The Dream FAQ is part of Jouni Smed's Altered States of Consciousness web site which has been mirrored here on Psych Web since 1995. The Dream FAQ is a good source of basic knowledge about dreams. I added editorial comments (which you can easily spot, because they are always in italics) to bring it up to date. Jouni's site also has excellent, thorough sections on hypnosis, lucid dreaming, and out-of-body experiences.
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