Use­ful psy­chol­ogy re­sources

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TExT­BOOKS and lec­tures are ter­rific but some­times it’s time to shake loose and get a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on things. Luck­ily the In­ter­net has some fan­tas­tic learn­ing re­sources – and they’re free. If you’ve stud­ied psy­chol­ogy, whether at A-Lev­els or Mas­ters level, th­ese re­sources are worth vis­it­ing and book­mark­ing. Paul Bloom’s in­tro­duc­tion to psy­chol­ogy http://vide­olec­tures.net/yalepsy­c110s07_ in­tro­duc­tion_­to_psy­chol­ogy

Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ra­gen Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chol­ogy at Yale Univer­sity. From the mo­ment he opens his mouth you’ll see he’s a su­per clever bloke but he has a knack for ex­plain­ing es­sen­tials in a way that stick in the mind. This video course cov­ers all the es­sen­tials from Freud to the prin­ci­ples of evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­ogy. There are also two ter­rific guest lec­tures on com­mon men­tal ill­nesses by Pro­fes­sor Su­san Nolen-Hoek­sema, a fel­low Yale pro­fes­sor who made her mark study­ing de­pres­sion. Each lec­ture is about an hour, so be pre­pared to sit back and take notes. Ox­ford Univer­sity Psy­chol­ogy Pod­casts http://pod­casts.ox.ac.uk/key­words/psy­chol­ogy Do you have to con­duct an ex­per­i­ment or write a long es­say on a cur­rent topic? Check out th­ese pod­casts for ideas.

Al­ter­na­tively, as th­ese lec­tures are widerang­ing get out of the nar­row strait­jacket of psy­chol­ogy and take a look at what so­ci­ol­ogy, biology, medicine and ex­perts from other fields have to con­trib­ute on hot topics such as anx­i­ety man­age­ment, risk tak­ing and vic­tim coun­selling. Bonus: if you’re in­ter­ested in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Is­lam and psy­chol­ogy, this is the place to start your re­search. —

By EllEn WhytE

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