An Introduction to Psychology Resources

Introduction to Psychology

American Psychological Association [APA] (

Web site of "the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the U.S." Links to journals, publications and specialty divisions.

American Psychological Society [APS] (

Web site of "the leading national organization dedicated solely to the science of psychology," with useful publications and links.



Today in the History of Psychology (

Look up important events in psychology's past for any calendar date.

Classics in the History of Psychology (

Full text of historically significant articles written by major psychologists over the past century.

Mind and Body: From Descartes to James (

Outlines the rise of experimental psychology as it occurred between philosophical analyses of the mind/world relationship and physiological conceptions of the nervous system as a device mediating between the mind and the world.


Ethics and Experimentation

APA Code of Ethical Principles for Psychologists (

Ethical principles for psychologists in all fields.

Psychological Research on the Internet (

APS site provides links to ongoing research efforts which use the internet to gather empirical data. Here's your chance to see actual research in process and, assuming you consent, to participate in an ongoing study.


Critical Thinking

Kary Mullis celebrates the experiment

The Fallacy Files (

Interesting compendium of seemingly logical yet false arguments. This is a very useful extension of the issues raised in the Rathus reading. Innoculate yourself against the bogus arguments which too often pass as sound reasoning!

The Skeptics Society (

The society "is a scientific and educational organization of scholars, scientists, historians, magicians, professors and teachers, and anyone curious about controversial ideas, extraordinary claims, revolutionary ideas and the promotion of science." Browse the archives for articles debunking many popular ideas - perhaps some you fervently hold!


Naturalistic Observations
Good explanation of Naturalistic Observations
Experimental Design and Statistics
Statistical significance


Introductory Statistics


An electronic textbook for an introductory-level statistics course. This is one of several such sites on the web.



This site has built-in calculators enabling online computation of a variety of statistical concepts.




Research Ideas