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This guide is designed to help you find resources for your research and class assignments in psychology.
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This guide is developed specifically for those doing research in psychology. It provides a recommended list of resources which encompasses print and electronic items, electronic databases, and selected Internet resources.

Psychology is the scientific study of human cognition, affect, behavior, and relationships. Psychologists seek to understand, predict, and influence behavior on a wide range of issues that affect human functioning, including social, physiological, developmental, cognitive and emotional factors. Since research in psychology may involve other disciplines (such as medicine, philosophy, and education) you will need to consult resources and study guides for those fields as well.

Professional Resources

There are a great number of professional societies and organizations related to psychology. These are some of them:

  • American Psychological Association
    Home page for the American Psychology Association (APA), the largest association of psychologists worldwide. The APA seeks to advance psychology as a science, a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare.
  • American Psychological Association - Divisions
    54 divisions, covering all aspects of psychology and psychological practice.
  • West Virginia Psychological Association
    The WVPA is the principal organization for psychologists in the state of West Virginia since 1950 and functions as the WV state affiliate of the American Psychological Association.
  • Psi Chi - International Honor Society in Psychology
    Founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women. Marshall University's chapter is here.
  • American Board of Professional Psychology
    The primary organization for specialty board certification in psychology.
  • Animal Behavior Society
    Promotes the study of animal behaviour in the broadest sense, including studies using descriptive and experimental methods under natural and controlled conditions.
  • American Psychiatric Association
    Represents 38,000 physician leaders in mental health.
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology
    The largest applied sport and exercise psychology organization in the world, AASP promotes the science and practice of sport and exercise psychology, and advocates the application of psychological principles, that have been supported by research, in sport and exercise.
  • Association for Behavior Analysis International
    A nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.
  • Association for Psychological Science
    An international organization solely dedicated to the advancement of psychological science. APS works diligently to increase support for psychological research and to promote the use of science-based psychology in the development of public policy
  • Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
    A nonprofit organization that harnesses the expertise of hundreds of behavioral scientists to solve problems in the home, school, community, and the workplace
  • Cognitive Science Society
    Brings together researchers from many fields who hold a common goal: understanding the nature of the human mind.
  • Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology
    A non-profit joint venture to represent and support the development and functioning of recognized specialties in professional psychology. Description of specialties and links to organizations.
  • International Association of Applied Psychology
    The oldest international association of psychologists, with the air of promoting the science and practice of applied psychology and facilitating interaction and communication about applied psychology around the world.
  • National Association of School Psychologists
    Represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth.
  • National Institute of Mental Health
    Federal agency whose mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
    The largest organization of social and personality psychologists in the world, it promotes scientific research in personality and social psychology.
  • Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis
    A regional affiliate of the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA), the SEABA seeks to promote scholarly discourse within and about Behavior Analysis.
  • Scholarly Societies Project - Psychology
    Dated, but useful, set of links to psychology related societies.

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