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Psychology

Getting Started

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) in Psychology (Video)
    A brief overview of the range of open educational resources available to teach Psychology by OER advocate Rajiv Jhangiani. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
  • OpenStax Psychology Textbook
    “Psychology is designed to meet scope and sequence requirements for the single-semester introduction to psychology course. The book offers a comprehensive treatment of core concepts, grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research. The text also includes coverage of the DSM-5 in examinations of psychological disorders. Psychology incorporates discussions that reflect the diversity within the discipline, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities across the globe.”
  • Noba: Teach and Learn Psychology for Free
    Collection of psychology textbooks and modules. Requires a log in to view materials.
  • List of Open Psychology textbooks
    A collection of leading open Psychology textbooks, hosted by OER Commons.

Additional Open Books

  • Introduction to Psychology – 1st Canadian edition (BCcampus)
    By Charles Stangor. “This book is designed to help students organize their thinking about psychology at a conceptual level. The focus on behaviour and empiricism has produced a text that is better organized, has fewer chapters, and is somewhat shorter than many of the leading books. The beginning of each section includes learning objectives; throughout the body of each section are key terms in bold followed by their definitions in italics; key takeaways, and exercises and critical thinking activities end each section.”
  • Handbook of Well-Being (Noba Scholar)
    “Where Noba Project provides modules for undergraduate and high school level instruction, Noba Scholar is intended for an advanced understanding of psychology (honors or graduate students, or those holding an advanced degree). Currently, Noba Scholar is host to the Handbook of Well-being. This handbook is an edited volume that includes 60 open chapters on culture, assessment, theories, intervention, correlates and other areas related to happiness.”
  • Introductory Psychology Texts (NOBA)
    “This textbook presents core concepts common to introductory courses. The 15 units cover the traditional areas of intro-to-psychology; ranging from biological aspects of psychology to psychological disorders to social psychology. This book can be modified: feel free to add or remove modules to better suit your specific needs.”
  • Open Psychology Books (DOAB)
    Over 200 CC-licensed Psychology books from the Directory of Open Access Books.
  • Principles of Abnormal Psychology, 1st ed. (Michael Miguel, NOBA)
  • Principles of Social Psychology Textbook
    From BCCampus and Dr. Charles Strangor. “The first International edition of this textbook provides students with an introduction to the basic concepts and principles of social psychology from an interactionist perspective. The presentation of classic studies and theories are balanced with insights from cutting-edge, contemporary research. An emphasis on real world examples and applications is intended to guide students to critically analyze their situations and social interactions in order to put their knowledge to effective use.”

Open Courses

  • Introductory Psychology Course Content
    Includes course maps and recommended resources for topics taught in community college Psychology courses.
  • Introduction to Psychology Course (Open Yale)
    “What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the nature and intensity of their sexual desires? Can apes learn sign language? Why can’t we tickle ourselves? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, religion, persuasion, love, lust, hunger, art, fiction, and dreams. We will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury.”
  • Introductory Psychology Course (Herkimer County Community College)
    “This course is taught at Herkimer County Community College, using Open Educational Resources (OER) curated by Herkimer faculty William Pelz, and supported by Open SUNY Textbooks.
  • Human Development & Lifespan
    “This course covers topics in each of these areas and provides an overview on subjects such as day care, education, disabilities, parenting, types of families, gender identity and roles, career decisions, illnesses and treatments, aging, retirement, generativity, and dying.”

Hubs, Sites, & Tools

  • R Project for Statistical Computing
    “R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS.”
  • Teach Pysch Science
    “Resources for teaching research, statistics, and writing in psychology.”
  • Go Cognitive
    “Free access to materials for students, educators, and researchers in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience.”
  • Social Psychology Course Map & Resources
    “This guide provides information and resources on introducing the topic of Social Psychology. All resources are Open Access and can be downloaded or added to a Course Management System (LMS) via the hyperlinks”
  • Functional Neuroanatomy
    Website with interactive modules and resources for teaching and learning neuroanatomy.
  • Psychology TED Talks
    A variety of TED talks on the topic of psychology. Please note that while free to access, TED talks are not published with open licenses.
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