The Basics of Psychology

An Online Primer

Presented by the Psychology Department of Shippensburg University

Starting on this page, you can find essays, articles, chapters, and entire e-texts of information concerning the many areas within the field of psychology, all written by the psychology professors at Shippensburg University.

Browse through the directory below, which is arranged by topics following how these topics might be arranged in a comprehensive general psychology book.  Links in bold are to e-texts with multiple chapters; links in plain text are to individual articles.

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We also have another page called PsychUrls which lists websites by outside authors that our Psychology faculty have found useful for students.  Click here to check it out!

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  • Qualitative Methods
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Correlation
  • Experiments
Physiological Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience)  
  • The Neuron
  • Neurotransmitters
  • The Nervous System
  • The Brain
Sensation and Perception  
  • The Senses
  • Perception
  • Pain
  • Consciousness
  • Sleep
  • Hypnosis
  • Drugs
  • Meditation
Motivation and Emotion  
  • Emotions
  • Motivation
  • Hunger
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Love
Learning and Cognition  
  • Learning
  • Cognition
  • Memory
  • Intelligence
Genetics and Evolution  
  • Genetics
  • Human Evolution
  • Evolutionary Psychology
Developmental Psychology  
  • Fetal Development
  • Infancy
  • Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Childhood Disorders
  • Cognitive Development
  • Educational Psychology
  • Moral Development
  • Psychosocial Development
  • Aging
  • Language Development
  • Language Families
  • Language Origins and Change
  • Written Language
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Trait Theories of Personality
  • Neo-Freudian Theories
  • Behavioristic Theories
  • Humanistic Theories
  • Existential Theories
  • Personality Tests
Psychological Disorders (Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathology)  
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality Disorders
  • Other Disorders
  • Psychotherapy
  • Drugs and Psychosurgery
  • Health Psychology
Social Psychology  
  • Person Perception
  • Balance and Dissonance Theory
  • Prejudice
  • Norms, Roles, and Status
  • Social Learning Theory
  • Exchange Theories
  • Persuasion
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Legal Psychology
The History of Psychology  
  • The Ancients
  • The Rebirth
  • The 1800s
  • The 1900s