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Before you begin studying psychology, you need to gain a clear understanding of exactly what psychology is. When did psychology originate? What do psychologists study? Explore this section to learn the answers to these questions and build a good foundation for further study of this vast and fascinating subject.
  1. Psychology 101
  2. Brain and Behavior
  3. States of Consciousness
  4. Learning
  5. Memory
  6. Emotion and Motivation
  7. Development
  1. Personality
  2. Social Psychology
  3. Abnormal Psychology
  4. Psychology Homework Help
  5. Psychology Career Basics
  6. Take a Psychology Quiz

Psychology 101

What Is Psychology?

Before you delve into studying psychology, it's important to learn some basic information such as the different branches of psychology, theoretical perspectives, history and research methods. Whether you are new to the subject or just want to brush up on your knowledge, these articles can help you get started on your studies.

Brain and Behavior

Brain and behavior

Every year, millions of people are affected by disorders of the brain and nervous system including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, strokes, and traumatic brain injuries. These illnesses and injuries highlight the importance of the biological bases of behavior. In this section, explore some of the basics of biological psychology.

States of Consciousness

Woman sleeping

Have you ever wondered why you feel more energetic in the morning, tried to analyze your dreams or questioned how hypnosis works? All of these topics are rel

Learning

the psychology of learning

From the day we our born, we begin a process of learning that lasts throughout life. Learning has been defined in a number of different ways, but many psychologists describe learning as a relatively permanent change in behavior as a result of experience. Learn more about some of the different theories of learning.

Memory

memory

The ability to create, store and access memories is an essential part of day-to-day life. From remembering where you left your keys to learning a language to memorizing information for a class, your memory allows you to function and interact meaningfully with others. Learn more about how memory works and how new memories are formed.

Emotion and Motivation

What forces drive us to act the way we do? Are human emotions universal? Discover some answers to some basic questions about the psychology behind motivation and emotion.

Development

developmental psychology

The study of human development is a rich and varied subject. We all have personal experience with development, but it is sometimes difficult to understand how and why people grow, learn, and act as they do. Developmental psychology seeks to understand, explain, and predict behaviors that occur throughout the lifespan. In order to understand human development, a number of different developmental theories have arisen to explain various aspects of human growth.

Personality

What makes people think and act the way they do? Are individual characteristics stable throughout life, or do they change? These are just a few of the questions that personality psychologists seek to answer. Personality is made up the characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that make each person unique. This topic has become one of the most studied areas in psychology, spawning well-known theories designed to describe and explain how and why people develop certain personality characteristics. Explore the links below to learn more about this fascinating area of psychology.

Social Psychology

Social psychology is the study of human thought and behavior in social situations. Many topics are studied by social psychologists, including attitudes, aggression, prejudice, prosocial behavior and self-identity. Learn more about how people form impressions of others, interpret the behavior of others and behave in social situations.

Abnormal Psychology

One of the major goals of psychology is to understand and treat psychological disorders. In this section, learn more about the field of abnormal psychology including some of the different types of therapeutic treatments used by psychologists as well as some of the major types of psychological disorders.

Psychology Homework Help

Homework Help for psychology students

Psychology is an enormous and diverse topic, touching on almost every aspect of our lives including personality, family and social behavior. Whether you're taking your first psychology class or majoring in this fascinating subject, the following collection of resources, tips and academic tools can help you learn more, study more effectively and perform better on tests, essays and class discussions.

Psychology Career Basics

Psychology Career Basics

Do you enjoy thinking about the causes of human behavior? Have you ever wanted to help people solve problems? If you can answer yes to these questions, then you should definitely consider a career in psychology. As a diverse and exciting field with a wide range of educational and career opportunities, you can pursue the path suited to your personal and professional goals. Explore this section to find the tools, resources and advice you need to succeed in school and find the psychology career that is right for you.

Take a Psychology Quiz

Psychology Quizzes

One of the best ways to see how well you understand basic concepts in psychology is to quiz yourself. Take one of the following quizzes to get a better idea of which topics you need to concentrate on.

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