Tour of General Psychology

January 29, 2009

Take a tour of psychology. This 10-Day Guided Tour surveys the entire field. You’ll learn about personality, learning, memory, perception, and emotion. We’ll take excursions into philosophy, physiology and neuroscience. And we’ll spend a “day” exploring developmental, social and abnormal psychology.


Experimental Psych In A Nutshell

January 19, 2009

What is experimental psychology?

Psychology is about equally divided into clinical and experimental activities. The clinical side is the practical application of psychological theory to real life problems. In contrast, the experimental side tries to discover principles and processes, whether they are applicable in a clinical setting or not. [Read more]

Dollard & Miller

January 17, 2009

It was the 1960s, and everyone was interested in self discovery, cross-disciplinary education, and making-love-not-war. In this environment, old theories were explained in new terms, often by adding a social dimension. One such effort at Yale, found John Dollard (anthropologist) and Neal Miller (psychologist) joining forces to explain psychoanalytic principles in more modern terms. The result was Dollard-Miller’s psychoanalytic learning theory. [Read more]

Sigmund Freud

January 17, 2009

Although there is great diversity in approaches to mental health, all forms of counseling ultimately owe their own foundation to the work of Sigmund Freud. [Read more]

Franz Gall

January 16, 2009

One of the first comparative anatomists, Franz Gall made 3 major findings and one theoretical extension. [Read more]

Carl Rogers

January 3, 2009

More than anyone else, Carl Rogers (1902-1987) invented counseling. The vast numbers of counseling psychologists, marriage-family therapist and other mental health professionals are the product of his humanistic approach to therapy. [Read more]

Abraham Maslow

January 3, 2009


Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) helped shift psychology from behaviorism to humanism. He is the “father” of the Third Force of Psychology. The first force was Freud’s psychoanalytic approach. The second force or wave was Pavlov’s behaviorism. And the third major force in American psychology was humanism. [Read more]

Melanie Klein

January 3, 2009


Melanie Klein (1892-1960) was one of the founders of object relations theory. Although she believed aggression is an important and common force in children, Klein modified Freud’s drive theory. She maintained that drives are psychological forces (not biological) that seek people as their objects. That is, we are driven to interact with people, and to use those interactions to fulfill our needs. [Read more]

Anna Freud

January 3, 2009


Anna Freud (1895-1982) was the youngest of Sigmund’s six children, and the only one to show an interest in his work. She began reading his books when she was 15 but didn’t decide to become an analyst until later. In her early twenties, Anna wanted to be analyzed but who could you go to when there’s no one better than your Dad? So, when she was 23, Sigmund (then in his early sixties) psychoanalyzed Anna. [Read more]

Karen Horney

January 3, 2009

Karen Horney (1885-1952) was born in Hamburg, Germany on September 18, 1885. She did not study directly with Freud but was greatly influenced by his work. She received her MD from the University of Berlin in 1913, and moved to the US in 1932. [Read more]

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