History of Psychology

Personality    General Resources: The Personality Project (links related to personality theory and research) Great Ideas in Personality (focuses on scientific research programs) Personality and Consciousness (covers historical figures and theorists) Personality Theories (an electronic textbook) PHERSUE Virtual Library (links to many online texts) Great Ideas in Personality Exhibits Collection — Personality Job Analysis & … Continue reading “History of Psychology”

The Nature of Love

The Nature of Love Harry F. Harlow (1958) University of Wisconsin Address of the President at the sixty-sixth Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D. C., August 31, 1958. First published in American Psychologist, 13, 573-685. Love is a wondrous state, deep, tender, and rewarding. Because of its intimate and personal nature it … Continue reading “The Nature of Love”

Psychological Demonstrations

Psychological Demonstrations How a Neuron Fires How Cocaine Works How Prozac Works Fixation: The Matchstick Problem Functional Fixedness Visual Perception 1 Visual Perception 2 Visual Perception 3 Visual Perception 4 Visual Perception 5 Visual Perception 6 Visual Perception 7 Visual Perception 8

Correlational Research

Correlational Research There are many types of correlational research.  The commonality among all types of correlational research is that they explore relationships between variables.  Where descriptive research only described what was going on, correlational research talks about the link between different things.  It is important to understand that correlational research does NOT tell us that … Continue reading “Correlational Research”


Motivation When I was in high school my Mom would always tell me to focus on my studies because that was the most important part of my life.  So I went up to my room with my books and talked to my girlfriend for three hours every night (what we talked about I have no … Continue reading “Motivation”

Achievement Motivation

Achievement Motivation So far we talked about motivations behind simple human behaviors like eating and sex.  What motivates us the more complicated behaviors, like studying for the AP Psychology test?  What motivates us to work hard in school, video games, sports and all those day to day things that take up our day.  We call … Continue reading “Achievement Motivation”

The Cerebral Cortex

The Cerebral Cortex The cerebral cortex is the most important part of our brain (at least in the field of psychology) because it is what makes us human.  The cerebral cortex (sometimes referred to as called "gray matter", is actually densely packed neurons.   We actually are born with more neurons in our cerebral cortex than … Continue reading “The Cerebral Cortex”

Latent Learning

Latent Learning Latent learning is a pretty weird concept.  Latent literally means hidden, and latent learning is learning that becomes obvious only once a reinforcement is given for demonstrating it.  Edward Toleman studied latent learning by using rats and showing us that learning can occur but may not be immediately evident.  Toleman had three groups … Continue reading “Latent Learning”

Markey and Markey

Markey and Markey Markey and Markey (2007) Romantic ideals, romantic obtainment, and relationship experiences – similarity or complementarity? A self-selected sample of 103 female and 66 male undergraduate students who were single but interested in finding a romantic partner (mean age 19.01) were recruited through advertisements. Participants first completed a questionnaire where they rated their … Continue reading “Markey and Markey”

Bradbury and Fincham

Bradbury and Fincham Bradbury and Fincham (1990) Meta-analysis of research on attributions in married couples Spouses in happy relationships tended to focus on their partner’s positive behavior as part of the person’s character. They were more likely to make attributions that locate the cause of 1.    positive events to dispositional factors in the partner (i.e. … Continue reading “Bradbury and Fincham”