Friday, March 28

Psych 2.0: Connecting the Psychological World

The Internet can be a daunting place to look through for resourceful websites. As in my previous post, I have yet again traversed the world wide web in order to create a substantially informative link roll (located to the right), with great success. In concordance with IMSA (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy) and Webby Awards criteria, the following websites and blogs are sure to provide one with great psychology resources. Brain Connection is one of the greatest of the sites I have come by. Like PsychCentral, it is a site dedicated to developments in neurology, providing a blog of its own, news updates, education tools, and its own library of information. The site is professionally designed and easy to navigate, the only drawback is its extensive focus on brain functions. Even so, this site is highly recommended. Yet another comparison is that of Scientific American which, like Psychology Today, contributes articles in their mind and brain section. Updated several times throughout the day, Scientific American is both an online and print subscription expanding its content via blogs. An added bonus is its RSS feed feature, to keep one up to date on new posts. Clinical Psychiatry News is a newspaper focused on new developments in clinical psychology, accompanied by colleague commentary on current research. Despite its bland aesthetic, its archival news database is invaluable. In regards to evolutionary psychology, one of the newer branches in the field of psychology, I have come across the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. Simple layout and graphics make this website both easy to use, but dull and unappealing. Irregardless, this website is resourceful; an introduction to evolutionary psychology, journals, online courses--these are only some of the many academic assets. At, the goal is to be informative, relying on professionally written articles for various branches of psychology. The information extends from basic knowledge of the discipline to in-depth analysis on topics of choice. The medical website, WebMD, is a general information site geared toward educating the general public, acting as a pre-medical intervention source. This website runs a risk, through no fault of its own, due to its popularity and credibility because many may consult to this as an alternative to medical help.

At PsyBlog, Jeremy Dean, a freelance writer who majored in law psychology, and mastered in research methods at University College London, writes on a variety of categories in relation to psychology. An example of less is better, the blog is easy to navigate and easy to use; nearly all the posts and resources are only one click away. At In-Mind, an on-line quarterly magazine for social psychology who's "purpose is to interact with everyone that is interested in everyday human concerns and to inform you on the hot trends in scientific social psychological research." Edited by professionals, and consulted by university students, In-mind provides blog posts, media, and online research on current phenomenon in social psychology. Also, Psycholinguistics Arena has journals, book reviews, and a blog arena--the conglomeration of blog posts, linked to the original source. They even have a student psychology website, suitable for undergraduate and graduate level students. Similarly, Psychology Bloggers Network is "a community for people blogging in the areas of psychology, mental health, and neuroscience." In its network, people from all over use the blogosphere to further research the three aforementioned areas, and support each other's work in the process. With the difficulty in finding faults for these websites, all are sure to supply not only students and professionals with quality resources, but the general public as well.

1 comment:

QGR said...

Excellent job on crafting this resourceful post. You started your post with a great introduction that connected the reader to your previous post without being redundant. You analyzed each source carefully, making sure to point out the strengths and weaknesses of each website. Sure, some negatives are a bit weak, like bland visual design, but I totally understand the challenge of discovering the problems with some websites (I was forced to resource to this nit-picking as well). You also have a good range of resource types, from blogs and newspapers to book reviews, ensuring that your reader will more easily find something of interest. The post runs a little on the long side (as you acknowledged), due in fact to your thorough examination of each website's feature set. It is nice to hear about all the good things that a website provides, but it could be better if you pick out one incredible aspect to perk the reader's interest and let him or her discover more after visiting the site. For example, with regards to Scientific American, I think you could go without mentioning that the site is updated several times daily, instead just focusing on its RSS feature (which kind of implies the same thing). But to be honest, I'm just making a mountain out of a molehill. Nice job!

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