Psych Web Resources
Places to get information
2017 update of the full-length online textbook by Russ Dewey
by Michael Nielsen
with Karlene Sugarman Pick
Freud’s classic in a smartphone friendly format
Psych Web Russ Dewey 1995-2017
[06/03/201] Announcing a brand new addition to Psych Web: the General Systems Toolkit. This could be sub-titled, “How to Analyze Absolutely Everything.”
[05/05/2017] Psych Web is completely freshened, with many obsolete resources removed. Those that remain have been updated to display correctly on smartphones. If you run into any glitches, please e-mail me at [email protected]
I deleted some old sections that seemed obsolete. Gone are the “scholarly resources by topic” and “self-help” pages. They were essentially link collections. Those pages made more sense when they started in the mid-1990s, before Google.
I deleted Jouni Smed’s Altered States archive from 1995. Jouni was an undergrad in Finland when he assembled it. Now more up-to-date discussions of consciousness, hypnosis, sleep and dreaming, and psychoactive drugs are in the 2017 revision of the online intro book. I am grateful to Jouni for letting me use his archive for 22 years.
I reformatted Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams so it can be read on a small screen. Somebody can read it on their smartphone in an airport.
Smartphone users will face long walls of print, though. Freud wrote some long paragraphs. On a small screen, some of them might run for about 15 column inches before hitting a paragraph break.
I didn’t feel comfortable adding paragraph breaks to Freud’s original work. But you can see why I broke up most of the longer paragraphs in my online intro book. On a smartphone, you need some relief from the column of print.
[05/04/2017] I uploaded the new version of the intro book.
[01/18/17] Happy New Year. Big changes coming. I learned RWD (responsive web design) and I’m converting the whole site. This will make it smartphone-friendly. I want to finish converting the intro book, now the biggest draw on Psych Web, before uploading everything. I’m doing a full revision of the intro book because it has been on the web since 2007, so I’m updating, rewriting, and revising every page (over 600 pages).
[02/01/2016] Now it is 2016 and the site has turned 21. I continue to make small tweaks to PAI (Psychology: An Introduction) and provide citation data for people who email asking for it.
The web itself, and the way people access it, is changing much faster. Over a third of web traffic is from mobile devices now, and anybody who does not adapt to this by providing a mobile-friendly site is in danger of disappearing from Google rankings. [Note added May, 2017: It took me most of 2016 to learn enough CSS3 and HTML5 to convert the site. There were many interruptions like repairing my workshop roof after a hurricane. RWD (responsive web design) proved to be easy once I understood it (like computer stuff always is) but it took some time to understand it.]
[12/31/2014] New Year’s Eve is a good time to reflect on the passage of time and the evolution of plans for Psych Web. 2015 marks the 20th year of Psych Web’s existence online.
Here’s the history of Psych Web, for what it’s worth. In August, 1994, I read an article in Science about something new called the World Wide Web and the Mosaic browser. The faculty at Georgia Southern had just gained internet access. I pestered Ken Williams, the director of Computer Services, to get the Netscape web server, which he did. In April, 1995, I put up Georgia Southern’s first web page, Psych Web. A few years later the Georgia Board of Regents said they were planning to declare half ownership of any original intellectual materials put on their web servers, so I moved the site off the university servers to a private web hosting service. I knew I would be putting my intro book on it eventually.
Psych Web was intended to be a collection of resources for psychology majors and teachers. There was some original content, links to other psychology-related sites, and mirrors of a few good overseas sites relevant to psychology. In those days, web sites on the other side of the ocean were very slow to appear in web browsers, so mirrors were helpful. They have since been removed, and now all the content on the site except for the The Interpretation of Dreams abd The Varieties of Religious Experience is original work (except for some lecture notes and such on Mike Nielsen’s Psychology of Religion section).
Mike Nielsen and Marky Lloyd, colleagues in the Georgia Southern Psychology Department, put sections on Psych Web at my invitation. Both were very well received. As soon as Google appeared, Mike’s Psychology of Religion site shot to the coveted #1 position for “psychology and religion.” Marky retired in 2004, the same year I did, and she currently lives in Boulder, CO. Mike is now the head of the Psychology Department at Georgia Southern.
In 2007 I put my introductory psychology textbook online. Up until 2003 I had each new edition privately printed in batches of 1000 for my students. Each book was a hefty 900 pages. Suddenly, online, it was free and weightless! At first it did not receive much traffic and nobody seemed to realize it was there, but every year since 2007 has seen an uptick in traffic to it, and it is now the most visited part of Psych Web by far.
After 2007 I added no new features, just repaired links and made changes and corrections that people requested through email. Some Psych Web pages were last updated in 2007 [and they have been removed in the 2017 update]. Most have been freshened since then, but I will go through the site systematically in 2015 to make sure broken links are fixed and new material added. Given the absence of big changes, click bait, and listicles, it is remarkable and heartening to me that Psych Web continues to draw so many visitors. That is particularly true of Marky’s Careers in Psychology site and my online textbook section, plus Mike’s Psychology of Religion pages and Karlene Sugarman’s Sport Psychology pages. The common feature of these most-durable parts of Psych Web is that they contain good basic information which has not gone out of date. Terrific. Content rules. You can do some serious work, put high quality content online, and it gets used for years even if you mostly leave it alone.
[09/27/2011] An email describes student reaction to the online introductory psychology textbook on this site (Psychology: An Introduction]. The book can also be accessed via intropsych.com. Communications like this are welcome, including those pointing out typos or potential improvements.
“Just a little note to thank you for making Psych Web and Psychology: An Introduction available online for all of us out here. I used it this past semester on my Introductory Psychology class for non-majors and was just reading through the comments that the students made about using an online book instead of a traditional book. An overwhelming majority prefers the online book. Throughout the semester I got many comments on how they liked the book and the study questions, in addition to the convenience to have it accessible online. The only complaints were that it was uncomfortable to read for extended periods of time (as is any material read through computer monitor, I guess). Some still prefer a traditional book, but I was quite surprised that even with the usual complaints, the vast majority of the students still chose your book when asked which would they prefer if given a choice (between an online book and paper one).” –A.I. Fraticelli-Torres, Ph.D, University of Puerto Rico
[10/29/2010] More people are using the free intro book at this site, which is great, but we exceeded our bandwidth allocation and were briefly offline. Tom, the guy who runs our web hosting service, responded by doubling the bandwidth at no charge. That is actually typical. The service at TRKhosting.com is impeccable. Thanks, Tom.
[01/02/2009] My colleague Mike Nielsen successfully used intropsych.com for his introductory psychology class at Georgia Southern University during spring, summer, and fall term 2008. The students gave it high ratings, although a few did not like reading on the computer.
[09/03/2007] A complete, 725 page introductory psychology textbook has been added to the site. I have planned this for years, and I spent all summer getting it ready! Mike Nielsen (author of the Psychology of Religion site here on Psych Web) is using the book in his introductory psychology class at Georgia Southern this term. The presence of this book almost doubles the number of content pages on Psych Web. I have many updates to make to it, and I will be working on those during the coming months. In the meantime, check it out and let me know if you find any problems such as broken links and (inevitably) typos or other errors. [People have done that, and it has been very helpful.]
[Pre-2007] Before 2007, most of my updates were about link collections: “Scholarly Psychology Resources By Topic” and “Self-Help Pages.” Now that those sections are no longer updated or listed here on the main page, I am removing the update notices from those years. Sob! It makes me feel nostalgic and realize how much time has passed. –RD
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