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Learn About the Basics of Psychology

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Do you want to learn psychology? Today, there are plenty of great ways to learn more about the human mind and behavior such as taking a college course, signing up for a free online class or self-studying using online resources. Explore the links below to find the tools, resources, quizzes and information you need to learn more about the wide world of psychology.

Introduction to Psychology

When learning something new, it's always a good idea to start out with the basics. Learn more about what psychology is and its history.

What Is Psychology?
A Brief History of Psychology
Branches of Psychology
10 Things You Should Know About Psychology

Research Methods In Psychology

How do researchers study human behavior? Any student of psychology must have a basic understanding of the research methods used by psychologists to learn more about how and why people behave as they do.

An Introduction to Research Methods In Psychology
The Scientific Method
How to Conduct a Psychology Experiment

Human Development

Not so long ago in human history, many people believed that children were simply small versions of adults. Not until fairly recently did researchers began to realize that childhood is a unique and important part of life.

What Is Development?
Theories of Child Development
Big Questions in Developmental Psychology
An Overview of Early Childhood Development
How Genetics Influence Development
How Experience Shapes Development

Behaviorism

Behavioral psychology, also known as behaviorism, was a major school of thought during the 20th-century. Many behavioral principles are still widely used today in areas including therapy, education and animal training.

What Is Behaviorism?
An Introduction to Classical Conditioning
An Introduction to Operant Conditioning
Schedules of Reinforcement
What Is Reinforcement?
What Is Punishment?

Important Theories in Psychology

Some of the most famous thinkers in psychology including Freud, Erikson and Piaget have proposed theories to explain various aspects of development, behavior and other topics. While some theories are no longer popular, it is still important to study the effect that these ideas had on psychology.

Freud's Theory of Psychosexual Development
Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development
Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development
The Big 5 Theory of Personality

Personality

Our personality makes us who we are. What factors influence how our personalities form? Is personality fixed or can it change? Learn more about some of the research on personality.

Personality Defined
Trait Theory of Personality
Personality Psychology Study Guide

Social Psychology

Why do people sometimes act differently in large groups? Social psychologists seek to understand social behavior, including how we interact with others and how other people influence our own behavior.

What Is Social Psychology?
Basics of Social Psychology
The Bystander Effect
Attitudes
Person Perception

Psychology Quizzes

Testing yourself on the information you have studied can be very helpful when you are trying to learn psychology. Challenge yourself with some of these academic quizzes on a variety of psychology topics.

Psychosocial Development Quiz
Psychosexual Development Quiz
Cognitive Development Quiz
Research Methods Quiz
Personality Psychology Quiz
Developmental Psychology Quiz

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