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Behavior and Motivation
What motivates people to behave in the way that they do? How do we learn new patterns of behavior, and how does conditioning affect our actions?
Learn about the behavior approach in psychology, how Abraham Maslow explained behavior in terms of key motivations, and what B.F. Skinner's experiments with pigeons revealed about superstitious behavior.
Why is each person's personality different? What factors shape our personalities, and how do your attitudes change throughout your life?
We explain dominant theories of personality in psychology, including trait theories, the Five-Factor Model and Hans Eysenck's PEN Model. Discover the key dimensions of human personality and the authoritarian personality type.
What does your body language reveal to others about your thoughts and feelings?
Learn to better understand friends, family and colleagues by recognizing non-verbal 'body tells', using the Body Language Reading Guide.
Improve your posture, handshake technique, and other aspects of body language to communicate confidently and effectively.
Learn about the cognitive approach in psychology as well as its strengths and limitations in explaining how people think and feel the way that they do.
Read easy-to-understand explanations of learning theories, approaches to problem solving, human intelligence and learn how humans acquire the ability to use and understand language.
Dreams and Sleep
Why do we dream at night? What purpose does sleep serve?
Learn from prominent psychologists' explanations of dreaming and the significance of recurring dreams in the guide How to Interpret Your Dreams.
Discover polyphasic sleep and the stages of sleep you experience regularly.
Emotions and Relationships
Why do we experience emotions? How do psychologists explain the differences between 'liking' and 'loving'? What are the key features of a lasting relationship?
We look at the psychology of emotions, love and attraction, and how attachments and imprinting affect interpersonal relationships. Plus, discover how music can influence people's moods and how the name-letter effect explains attraction.
Freud and Psychodynamics
Discover the theories of the influential father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.
Learn how Freud's psychodynamic approach to psychology explains human behavior in terms of repressed drives, thoughts and feelings. Read about the cases that informed Freud's theories, his stages of psychosexual development, fixation and the human psyche's ego defense mechanisms.
Learn about the biological approach in psychology and how it seeks to understand human behavior in terms of biochemistry, genetics and evolutionary adaptations.
We look at the biological rhythms that influence our sleep patterns, neurotransmitters, and take a look at the role played by different areas of the brain with the Brain Explorer tool.
Discover the contending arguments of contemporary debates and issues in psychology.
Do humans possess the power of free will to make decisions independently? Or are all of our thoughts and actions pre-determined?
Learn a diverse range of approaches in psychology, including the evolutionary and sociocultural approaches.
Influence, Conformity and Persuasion
We explore the everyday influences that shape people's opinions and help to determine our behavior.
Learn how social influences, social roles and the pressure to conform inform your decisions.
Plus, discover the compliance strategies routinely used as sales tactics to influence consumers' purchasing decisions.
Explore key theories of how human memory operates, including the Working Memory Model and the Multi-Store Model. Learn how the brain processes and stores chunks of information and why we forget some memories.
Test your abilities using the short-term memory test and learn memory improvement techniques including mnemonics to remember more information with ease.