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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 behavioral 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, its strengths and limitations in seeking to understand 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 develop 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
Learn the theories of the influential father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.
Discover how Freud's psychodynamic approach to psychology explains abnormal behavior in terms of repressed thoughts and feelings. Read about the cases which informed Freud's theories, his stages of psychosexual development, fixation and the human psyche's ego defense mechanisms.
Learn about the biological approach and how it seeks to understand human behavior in terms of biochemistry, genetics and evolutionary adaptations.
We look at issues such as the biological rhythms which influence our sleep patterns, the role of neurotransmitters in the brain and take a look at different areas of the brain with the Brain Explorer tool.
Discover multiple sides of the ongoing debates and contemporary issues in psychology.
Do humans possess the free will to make independent decisions? Are our thoughts pre-determined?
Learn about a diverse range of approaches in psychology, including the evolutionary and sociocultural approaches.
Influence, Conformity and Persuasion
We explore the everyday influences which shape public opinion and help to determine people's behavior.
Learn how social influences, social roles and the pressure to conform inform your decisions.
Plus, discover the compliance strategies routinely used in sales to influence your purchasing decisions.
Explore key theories of how human memory works, including the Working Memory Model and the Multi-Store Model. Learn how the brain processes and stores chunks of information and why we sometimes forget.
Test your abilities using the short-term memory and learn memory improvement techniques such as mnemonics to remember more information with ease.