What Is Psychology?

The mind of man is far from the nature of a clear and equal glass, wherein the beams of things should reflect according to their incidence; nay it is rather like an enchanted glass, full of superstition and imposture, if it is not delivered and reduced.

- Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, Bk. II, XIV, 9

Podcast of the Day

The first ever edition of All in the Mind was broadcast 25 years ago. In the second of three anniversary programmes Claudia Hammond and guests look back at archive editions of the programme to examine what impact psychology research has had on our lives over the last 25 years. How does evidence-based psychology affect policy decisions? Is psychology just 'proving the obvious' or has it offered insights into ourselves which we could never have guessed?

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Short Article of the Day

Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors, and applications to graduate programs in Psychology continue to be strong. Over the years I have heard many people criticize Psychology as a college major and as a career path, citing reasons ranging from low pay and few jobs, to “it’s not useful” to “it’s just an easy and fun” college major.

But there are many positive reasons to study Psychology that go beyond career possibilities (although those are not nearly as bleak as some suggest)...

Continue reading Ronald E. Riggio's article: The Top 5 Reasons to Study Psychology

Further Reading

Psychology is the science of behavior and mind, including conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as thought. It is an academic discipline of immense scope and diverse interests that, when taken together, seek an understanding of the emergent properties of brains, and all the variety of epiphenomena they manifest. As a social science it aims to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases.

In this field, a professional practitioner or researcher is called a psychologist and can be classified as a social, behavioral, or cognitive scientist. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior, while also exploring the physiological and biological processes that underlie cognitive functions and behaviors...

Continue reading the Wikipedia article on Psychology

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 Cognition | Evolutionary Psychology | Human Nature | Mental Illness | Moral Psychology | Neuroscience

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