Psychology is the fifth most popular major in undergraduate collegiate studies. The undergraduate level gives students a broad understanding of the field, but for most psychology related work a graduate degree is required. Graduate degrees help the student focus on one particular area of the field. It is important for students to understand their options as they decide on which area of psychology to study further. This list of the top 30 Psychology Blogs of 2012 offers a variety of perspectives. These blogs are valuable resources for anybody already in a psychology related field or anybody still deciding on the area of psychology on which they desire to focus.
1. Psychology Today: The blog of the popular magazine Psychology Today. Readers will find articles on current research and discoveries concerning the broad field of psychology, making Psychology Today a great resource for those looking to stay up to date on the field in general.
Highlight: How Everyone Became Depressed
2. BPS Readers Digest: The British Psychological Society blogs on brain science and behavior. Many of the posts focus on interesting patterns in human conduct. The blog focuses on providing readers with commentary and critiques on the latest research.
Highlight: Why Are Older People Less Prone to Mind Wandering?
3. The Situationist: An ongoing project run by the Harvard Law School, The Situationist aims to promote the research and understanding of social psychology for use in law, policy making, and legal theory.
Highlight: Gender, Weight, Stereotypes, and Prejudice
4. Mind Hacks: Mind Hacks is the blog of Tom Stafford and Matt Web, who wrote a book by the same name. Their posts emphasize neuroscience and psychology tricks that will help you figure out what is going on inside of your brain.
Highlight: The Perfect Woman
5. PsyBlog : Created and written by Phd student Jeremy Dean, the posts source from current studies published in reputable psychology journals. The primary focus of the blog’s content is on scientific research dealing directly with the inner workings of the human mind.
Highlight: Reconstructing the Past: How Recalling Memories Alters Them
6. Generally Thinking: This eye-catching psychology blog is extremely reader friendly and is presented in a question and answer format. The blog utilizes easy to relate to examples from the author’s own experiences to make his points about various psychological topics.
Highlight: How To Improve Social Anxiety By Training Your Attention
7. World of Psychology: The collaborative general psychology blog of psychcentral.com. Read up on a wide range of topics surrounding psychology with posts from a varied pool of psychology professionals.
8. What is Psychology?: A fun and simple approach to the world of psychology. Get answers to the most basic of psychology questions or a simplified explanation to more complicated subject matter.
Highlight: Business Psychology – The Psychology of Customer Loyalty
9. Deric Bownds’ Mindblog: Follow psychologist Deric Bownds as he uses his blog to report new ideas and research on mind, brain, and behavior. Deric Covers a dearth of topics from psychology and philosophy, to the impact of neuroscience and neurobiology on the discipline.
Highlight: How Ambient Light Might Influence Our Mood
10. Bad Psychology Blog: The author of Bad Psychology is a student, and the blog covers numerous facets of the psychology industry, dealing with research, practice, and policy issues.
Highlight: The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
11. Advances in the History of Psychology: An interesting spin on the normal psychology blog, AHP takes a current look at the history of psychology with news, notes, and additional resources.
Highlight: Historicity in Psychology
12. The Splintered Mind: Eric Schwitzgebel delves into the philosophy of psychology with academic essays and collaborations with other philosophers. The focus of the blog is broad and it draws heavily from the author’s everyday experiences, spinning seemingly mundane happenstances and conversations into a philosophical conversation on human psychology.
Highlight: Empirical Evidence That the World Was Not Created Five Minutes Ago
13. NeoAcademic: Written by Richard N. Landers, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA, NeoAcademic specializes in the field of industrial/organizational psychology. The primary focus of the blog is on academic innovation in the field of psychology education.
14. Oscillatory Thoughts: Oscillatory Thoughts is the blog of Neuroscientist Bradley Voytek. This Post-doctoral Fellow shares his insights and theories in the field of neuroscience.
Highlight: Face processing in the brain: “That was a trip”
15. Teaching High School Psychology: This blog is a collaborative blog featuring the writings of three dedicated psychology teachers aimed at helping others that teach high school psychology.
Highlight: Stats–Not Awful or Boring!
16. We’re Only Human: Is the blog of a long time psychology journalist devoted to covering advances in psychology with a look at how studies impact our understanding of human nature.
Highlight: Contemplation: A Healthy State of Mind
17. Kendra Cherry: A resident psychology blogger at about.com, Kendra Cherry posts regularly with ideas on how to apply psychological principles into your everyday life.
Highlight: Advice from Psychology Majors
18. Research Blogging: Psychology: Research Blogging is a collaborative blog focused on commenting on current research in a variety of fields including psychology. This particular link is to the psychology portion of the site.
Case/Topic Specific Blogs
19. Society for Christian Psychology: A religious take on the topic of psychology, this blog is sourced from multiple Christian psychologists from all over the United States. The blog covers topics such as Christian approaches to psychological disorders, and the impact of core Christian ideas such as redemption on the philosophy of psychology.
Highlight: A Journey Through Suffering
20. Child Psychology Research: A resource oriented blog on children’s psychology for parents, educators, and child development professionals. The blog features articles on relevant topics such as minimizing the negative impact of divorce on children, and deciding whether or not a child is in need of therapy.
Highlight: How to Tone Down Parent Conflict During Separation and Divorce to Help Your Kids Adjust
21. Peak Performance Sports: In this creative application of behavioral psychology, learn how mental training can boost athletic ability. The blog features podcasts in addition to articles.
Highlight: Does Anxiety Cause the Putting Yips in Golf?
22. Idiolect: A blog from one of the co-authors of the popular psychology blog mindhacks.com. The blog often features thought provoking quotes by famous historical figures.
Highlight: An accommodation with the authority of common sense
23. Brain Blog: Dr. Anthony Risser, a consulting neuropsychologist, brings his readers the most up to date news from the field of neuropsychology, including current journal entries and reviews of recent academic lectures.
Highlight: Parkinson’s Disease: New Biomarker Effort
24. In the News: Forensic psychologist Dr. Karen Franklin is an adjunct professor at Alliant University in Northern California. Her blog focuses on material pertaining to forensic psychology, criminology, and psychology law.
Highlight: A Tale of Two Prison Systems: Whither the Future?
25. Influence People: Using methods developed by over 60 years of behavioral science research, Brian Ahearn teaches readers how to better influence those around them in work and other settings.
Highlight: Good Advice or Not – Expect the Worst and You’ll Never be Disappointed?
26. Julietta Skoog, School Psychologist: Julietta is an elementary school psychologist and also works on the preschool assessment team for Seattle Public Schools. She not only works with children, but also devotes much of her time to helping adults become better parents.
27. Child and Family Psychology: Dr. Renee Clauselle shares her expertise on working as a children’s psychologist. She runs a private practice out of Long Island, New York.
Highlight: Setting Boundaries with In-Laws
28. Neuronarrative: One of the blogs on Psychology Today, Neuronarrative posts mainly on thought processes and brain functions. Content isn’t overly technical, and most articles are accessible and aimed to help the general reader understand the impact of neuroscience on society.
Highlight: 10 Truths I’ve Learned from People Who Didn’t Go To College
29. Tech Psych: A blog resource to guide psychologists, therapists, and more on the effective use of modern technology and techniques for a wide range of professional applications.
Highlight: National Association of School Psychologists: Stigmatizing Mental Health or Developmental Disorders is Harmful
30. Pavlov’s Couch: Follow a London psychology undergraduate as he tries to navigate his college experience and give fresh eyes to a variety of psychology based topics.
Highlight: Through Different Eyes
Celebrities and their statuses as idols, icons, and role models represent an integral part of society and culture. Men and women both young and old are attracted to these “stars” for a variety of reasons, which range from physical appeal to talent ability. However, what many people forget to realize is that celebrities are human beings, and they experience the same fears and phobias that all “normal” members of society experience. In fact, many statistics estimate that approximately 6 million citizens of the United States experience a phobia in one or more areas. From Britney Spears to Brad Pitt, continue on to discover the array of celebrities who possess phobias of both animals and other things.
1. Kristen Stewart: Equinophobia–Fear of Horses
Kristen Stewart, who is well-known for her roles in Twilight and Snow White and the Huntsman, possesses a fear of horses. According to Stewart, she “hates them.” The fear of horses is a phobia that is known as either equinophobia or hippophobia. Kristen Stewart’s equinophobia began when she was nine-years-old, at which time she fell from a horse and broke her elbow.
2. La Toya Jackson: Ailurophobia–Fear of Cats
La Toya Jackson, who is a well-known singer, songwriter, actress, former model, activist, and sister to Michael Jackson, is afraid of cats. This fear represents a phobia that is known as ailurophobia. La Toya Jackson’s fear of cats was announced on an episode of American Idol, and the star relates her ailurophobia to a childhood incident in which a close relative was attacked by a cat.
3. Orlando Bloom: Swinophobia–Fear of Pigs
Orlando Bloom, who is known for his good looks, his supermodel wife, and his role in Pirates of the Carribean, possesses a fear of pigs. This fear represents a phobia that is known as swinophobia. Orlando Bloom’s swinophobia became known when he was filming Kingdom of Heaven, at which time a pig ran loose on set and Bloom “ran like crazy.”
4. Lyle Lovett: Bovinophobia–Fear of Cows
Lyle Lovett, who is a well-known country singer, songwriter, and actor, possesses a fear of cows. This fear represents a phobia that is known as bovinophobia. According to Lovett, who is also Julia Robert’s ex-husband, his bovinophobia stems from a severe leg fracture that he endured as a result of being attacked by a bull on his uncle’s ranch. When this star is confronted with cows, he feels helpless and runs away.
5. Scarlett Johansson: Katsaridaphobia–Fear of Cockroaches
Scarlet Johansson, who is adored for her beauty, charm, and acting abilities, suffers from a fear of cockroaches. This fear represents a phobia that is known as katsaridaphobia, which is quite common. One time, Johansson woke up to find a cockroach on her face. Since then, this gorgeous woman has suffered from katsaridaphobia.
6. Nicole Kidman: Lepidopterophobia–Fear of Butterflies
Nicole Kidman, who is well-known for her role in Cold Mountain, possesses a fear of butterflies. This relatively common fear represents a phobia that is known as lepidopterophobia. According to Kidman, her lepidopterophobia began when she was a child growing up in Australia. Since that time, she attempted to “break her fear” of butterflies by visiting a butterfly cage at the Museum of Natural History, and it was an unsuccessful attempt.
7. Tyra Banks: Delfiniphobia–Fear of Dolphins
Tyra Banks, the well-known supermodel, advocate for women, and host of America’s Next Top Model, possesses a fear of dolphins. This fear represents a phobia that is known as delfiniphobia. Banks has been afraid of dolphins since she was 8-years-old, and she currently has recurring dreams where she is in a pool and dolphins keep bumping into her.
8. Britney Spears: Herpetophobia–Fear of Reptiles
Britney Spears, who is a well-known singer, songwriter, socialite, and mother to two boys, possesses a fear of reptiles. The fear of reptiles represents a common phobia that is known as herpetophobia. According to Spears, she only fears the Komodo Dragon and other lizards.
9. Justin Timberlake: Arachnophobia–Fear of Spiders
Justin Timberlake is well-known as a singer, as a “teen heartthrob,” and as Jessica Biel’s charming boyfriend. He possesses a fear of spiders. This fear represents a common phobia that is known as arachnophobia. Aside from spiders, Timberlake also avoids sharks and snakes at all costs.
10. Katie Holmes: Agrizoophobia–Fear of Raccoons
Katie Holmes, who is well-known as an actress, a fashion icon, Tom Cruise’s ex-wife, and as Suri Cruise’s mother, possesses a fear of raccoons. This fear represents a part of the phobia that is known as agrizoophobia. According to Holmes, she has always been afraid of raccoons. When confronted with one of these animals, Katie prefers to either “freak out” or “bark” in response.
11. Shannon Elizabeth: Alektorophobia–Fear of Chickens
Shannon Elizabeth, who is well-known as an actress and fashion model, possesses a fear of chickens. The fear of chickens is known as alektorophobia. According to many sources, this star of American Pie obtains an “extreme” or “morbid” fear of chickens.
12. Jake Gyllenhaal: Fear of Ostriches
Jake Gyllenhaal is well-known for his charming personality and his talents as an actor. This star of Donnie Darko possesses a fear of ostriches. According to Gyllenhaal, he developed this fear while acting in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, at which time a peer informed him that ostriches will “tear out your eyes and rip out your heart.”
13. David Beckham: Ornithophobia–Fear of Birds. And Ataxophobia–Fear of Untidiness
David Beckham is known for possessing exceptional skills in soccer, a beautiful wife, four children, and a toned physique. In addition, this star possesses both a fear of birds and a fear of untidiness. The fear of birds is referred to as ornithophobia, and the fear of untidiness is referred to as ataxophobia. According to Victoria Beckham, David Beckham’s closet is coordinated by color, and his cans of soda must line up appropriately in the fridge.
14. Eminem: A Form of Ornithophobia–Fear of Owls
Eminem, who is well-known for his singing and songwriting talents, possesses a fear of owls. The fear of owls represents a component of ornithophobia, which is the fear of birds. According to Eminem, he has “a serious fear of owls.”
15. Woody Allen: Many Phobias
Woody Allen is well-known as a screenwriter, actor, comedian, and musician. This Small Time Crooks star not only possesses a fear of deer, he also possesses fears of dogs, insects, sunshine, children, small rooms, and cancer as well. All in all, Allen possesses the most phobias of all Hollywood stars and starlets. The fear of dogs is referred to as cynophobia, and the fear of insects is referred to as entomophobia. Both cynophobia and entomophobia are common all around the World.
16. Walt Disney: Musophobia–Fear of Mice
Walt Disney, the founder and creator of both Disney World and an array of films, possessed the fear of mice. This fear represents the phobia that is known as musophobia. Despite the fact that Walt Disney obtained the idea for Mickey Mouse by watching mice play in his garage, this well-known man ironically feared those small creatures.
17. Robson Green: Spheksophobia–Fear of Wasps
Robson Green is a well-known singer and songwriter from England, and he possesses a fear of wasps. The fear of wasps is known as spheksophobia, which is a common phobia. According to many sources, this star “dreads” wasps.
18. Brad Pitt: Selacophobia–Fear of Sharks
Brad Pitt, who is well-known for his stunning looks, charming character, acting skills, and commitment to charity, possesses a fear of sharks. This fear is known as selacophobia, and numerous people suffer from it.
19. Johnny Depp: Arachnophobia–Fear of Spiders. And Coulrophobia–Fear of Clowns.
Johnny Depp, who is well-known for his superior performances in an array of top movies, possesses both a fear of spiders and a fear of clowns. The fear of spiders is known as arachnophobia, and the fear of clowns is known as coulrophobia. Both of these phobias are quite common around the World. According to Depp, his fear of clowns stems from the fact that “there always seems to be a darkness lurking just under their surface, a potential for real evil.”
20. Johnny Cash: Ophidiophobia–Fear of Snakes. And Aerophobia–Fear of Flying.
Johhny Cash was an American singer, songwriter, and actor who possessed both a fear of snakes and a fear of flying. The fear of snakes is known as ophidiophobia, and the fear of flying is known as aerophobia. Many people suffer from both of those phobias.
21. Ainsley Harriott: Ophidiophobia–Fear of Snakes
Ainsley Harriott is a well-known chef and television presenter from England, and he possesses an extreme fear of snakes. The fear of snakes is known as ophidiophobia. Like Ainsley, many people suffer from this phobia.
22. Nadine Coyle: Many Animal Phobias
Nadine Coyle is a well-known singer, songwriter, actress, and model of Irish descent. Coyle possesses fears of many animals, which include dogs, cats, snakes, spiders, and rodents. The fear of dogs is known as cynophobia, the fear of cats is known as ailurophobia, the fear of snakes is known as ophidiophobia, the fear of spiders is known as arachnophobia, and the fear of rodents is known as musophobia.
23. Adolf Hitler: Ailurophobia–Fear of Cats
Adolf Hitler was not necessarily known as an idol or an icon, but he was known for his extremely cynical reputation as one if the most cruel and immoral leaders the World has every known. In addition, Hitler was known to possess a fear of cats. The fear of cats is known as ailurophobia.
24. Matt Damon: Ophidiophobia–Fear of Snakes
Matt Damon is a well-known actor from Hollywood who possesses a severe fear of snakes. The fear of snakes is known as ophidiophobia. Damon’s fear of these creatures was apparent on the set of We Bought A Zoo, where he “cried like a baby and rocked back and forth when the snakes were spread all over the set.”
25. Michael Jackson: Cynophobia–Fear of Dogs
Michael Jackson was a well-known singer, songwriter, and musical icon who possessed a fear of dogs. The fear of dogs is known as cynophobia.
It has often been said that there are as many disciplines of psychology as there are practitioners of the science. The field is wide, the approaches varied, and there are many applications and methodologies. This resource guide reflects this diversity and provides many diverse resources for the graduate student in psychology. There are many associations, academies, research organizations, societies, and all of these have conventions, there are many blogs and journals as well. This resource guide presents some of the most prominent and influential resources available to students of psychology, resources used by practitioners and academics alike.
Associations, Academies, Research Organizations and Societies
The American Psychological Association: The American Psychological Association is the premier psychological association in the United States. The APA provides many resources for psychology professionals across many fields and is the primary psychology accrediting body for academic institutions.
Academy for Eating Disorders: The Academy for Eating Disorders is the foremost global association for psychology professionals dealing primarily with eating disorders.
International Association of Forensic Criminologists: The International Association of Forensic Criminologists is an association devoted to furthering the field of the behavioral profiling of criminals.
American Board of Medical Psychology The American Board of Medical Psychology is a professional association for psychologists working or interested in the field of medical Psychology.
Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine: The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine is an organization dedicated to furthering the field of medical science, education and and healthcare for those with psychiatric and general medical conditions.
Association for Psychological Science: This non-profit association seeks to advance the field of psychological science and increase its representation on a national and global scale. It does this through the publishing of various journals, representation at conventions, and by publishing regular relevant articles on its website.
Association for Behavior Analysis: The Association for Behavior Analysis International is a global organization devoted to benefiting the world through its research into behavioral analysis as well as its efforts to educate professionals on that research.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Family: The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies seeks to advance the field of mental health through its research and education oriented efforts at developing and advancing the fields of behavioral and cognitive therapy.
Association for Humanistic Psychology: The Association for Humanistic Psychology seeks to contribute to the general improvement of the human experience through advancing the evolution of the human consciousness and a focus on cultivating trust based, authentic relationships between individuals.
Behavior Genetics Association: The Behavior Genetics Association is devoted to the advancement of the study of the relationship between genes and human behavior.
Cognitive Neuroscience Society: The Cognitive Neuroscience Society is devoted to the advancement of the study of neuroscience and the development of its influence on Psychology.
Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioral Sciences: The Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioral Sciences is a collection of scientific societies and associations that are devoted to the advancement of the field of psychology through the study of the brain and behavior.
International Association of Investigative Psychology: The International Association of Investigative Psychology is devoted to the advancement of investigative psychological techniques and the role psychology plays in the criminal investigation and the justice system.
International Society of Applied Psychology: The IAAP, founded in 1920, is the oldest international association of psychologists. Its official languages are English and French. The association has over 1,500 members from 80 different countries and is one of the most diverse professional psychological organizations in the world.
International Psychoanalytical Association: The International Psycholanalytical Association is the world’s primary accrediting and regulatory body for the field of psychoanalysis and is devoted to the advancement of the field on an international level.
Psi Chi: Psi Chi is the international honors society in psychology and was founded in 1929 with the goal of catalyzing scholarly excellence in psychology education.
The Society for Personality and Social Psychology: The Society for Personality and Social Psychology was founded in 1974 when it split from the APA and incorporated as an independent organization. SPSP today consists of over 7,000 members from myriad countries all united in the study of personality and social psychology.
Journals and Publications
The Observer: The Observer is a journal published 10 times per year by the Association for Psychological Science. The journal’s goal is to inform practitioners of advancements in research, academia and applied psychological disciplines.
The American Psychologist: The American Psychologist journal is the official journal of the APA published nine times per year. The journal primarily covers the science and practice of psychology as well as psychology’s impact on public policy.
American Behavioral Scientist: The American Behavioral Scientist is a peer reviewed journal published monthly and targeted at scholars, researchers, practitioners and students.
The Behavioral and Brain Sciences: The Behavioral and Brain Sciences journal is an internationally respected journal that follows an innovative Open Peer Commentary system. The journal publishes significant and controversial papers from the disciplines of psychology, behavioral biology, neuroscience, and cognitive science.
International Journal of Psychology: The International Journal of Psychology is the journal of the International Union of Psychologists. The journal’s unique goal is to facilitate and advance dialogue between psychology scholars and practitioners on an international level.
Journal of Applied Psychology: The Journal of Applied Psychology is published by the APA and emphasizes the publication of new applications of psychology and the contributions of new knowledge to the field of psychology.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied: Another APA journal, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied publishes original empirical investigations in experimental psychology. Among the journal’s goals is the distribution and testing of models of cognitive processing and/or cognitive processing and behavior particularly in specific situations.
Perspectives of Psychological Science: Perspectives of Psychological Science is a bi-monthly peer reviewed journal with articles covering the myriad of perspectives in the psychological community. From book reviews to meta-analyses and theoretical statements.
Psychological Bulletin: An APA publication, the Psychological Bulletin publishes reviews of research and interpretations of issues in scientific psychology.
Psychological Science: Psychological Science is the top ranked journal in the discipline of psychological science. This peer-reviewed journal prides itself on keeping subscribers informed about the most cutting edge developments in the psychological science field.
Review of General Psychology: Review of General Psychology publishes the most cutting edge information available across the field of psychology as a whole. The journal has an eye for innovative theories, methodologies and concepts that have the potential to change the field of psychology for the better.
Basic and Applied Social Psychology: Basic and Applied Social Psychology features articles on empirical research, literature reviews, criticism and theoretical statements covering the entire range of social psychology research and practice.
allconferences.com: This site lists conferences of all sizes across a number of industries including psychology. There are over 250 psychology conferences listed on the site which is updated regularly with current information.
Association for Research in Personality: This annual conference is held by the Asssociation for Research in Personality. The conference deals with subject matter relevant to the study and development of human personalities.
Berkeley Interdisciplinary Research Conference: The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Research Conference brings together the top students and many distinguished professors in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, linguistics, cognitive science and education for a weekend of multidisciplinary presentations and discourse.
Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists Conference: This is the annual conference of the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists. SIOP is a division of the APA making this the foremost conference on the subject in the United States.
APA Events: This APA site catalogues the various events, conventions and conferences held by the APA and its various divisions throughout the year.
APS Conference: At the Association for Psychological Science convention there are numerous papers presented reflecting significant research in the field plus end of day workshops and other events organized by the Society for Teaching Psychology.
British Psychological Association Official Blog: A blog run by the British Psychological Association, BPS-Research Digest is a blog that tracks new psychological research and its potential impact on the field.
Mindhacks: Mindhacks is a blog covering whatever aspects of psychology interest its writer, from cool psychology and brain themed t-shirts, to commentary on psychology in mass media to British Psy Ops, this eclectic blog is a fascinating read for those with a cursory interest in psychology to practitioners.
Neurocritic: Neurocritic is more about the discipline of neuroscience than psychology proper but seeing as both fields study the brain and the results of its workings, the blog is an interesting read for those in psychology interested in the neuroscience perspective.
Psyblog: This blog is concerned with all scientific research into the workings of the human brain.
We’re Only Human: The “We’re Only Human” section of the Association for Psychological Science’s website is a blog featuring articles about psychology news and events.
Psychology Today: This is the blog section of Psychology Today. Many of the authors are respected in their fields and the articles range in target from layman to practitioner.
Laura Freberg: This blog mostly concerns itself with mentioning and describing the various psychological literature being read by the author. It’s a great site to follow if you are looking for copious amounts of book suggestions and descriptions pertaining to the field of psychology.