Top Psychology Blogs of 2017
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For students and professionals in the field of psychology, our top 2017 blogs provides support for career development, current trends, and pertinent past, current, and future research. A detailed description follows each blog listing, as well as a recommended blog post read. Carefully chosen by Online Counseling Programs’ editors, each blog has been placed on this list based on content, resources, level of activity and engagement, social media presence, and a few x-factors, which we excitingly point out in the descriptions.
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This psychological podcast hosted by Australian radio station RN explores the connections between the brain and behavior. Host Lynne Malcolm takes listeners inside the human mind to explore its beauties, complexities, and disorders, and her inquisitive fascination for all things mental comes through in every episode. Technology, culture, and trauma are just a few of the many factors discussed that influence our mental health and development.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: What It’s Like to Live with Dissociative Identity Disorder
Multiple expert contributors write for this award-winning health and science blog under the editorial direction of Dr. Shaheen Lakhan. The central focus on the brain connects recent news and opinions in neuroscience, psychology, and health care from a variety of angles. Brain Blogger prides itself on its work in combatting mental health stigmatization on the internet, and has been doing so successfully for over a decade.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: How to Secure Therapy Completion with Meta-Intervention
Research assistants and students at Colby College maintain this thought-provoking blog on their latest research in cognitive psychology. The stated goal of the blog is to explore how studies in cognition help us understand how we remember, speak, listen, and think. Editor and psychology professor Dr. Jen Coane manages this growing collection of posts which specializes in making cognitive research accessible and relevant to the broader community in a relatable, illuminating, and oftentimes humorous way.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: Brain Adaptations to Stressful Childhood Environments
Professor Deric Bownds posts new content almost daily on this blog about the mind, the brain, and behavior. Drawing from over thirty years of laboratory research, he produces prolific content on scientific research on an enormous range of topics, including social cognition, technology, culture, and anxiety. Personal musings on other “random curious stuff” punctuate and diversify his posts, making them both accessible and enjoyable for anyone interested in learning more about the mind and how it works.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: More Exercise, Less Depression
The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) runs the Grad Psych Blog, which offers strategies, tips, and advice to graduate psychology students. Posts show current and prospective students how to get the most out of their degrees by offering writing/editing tips, internship advice, and practical applications of academic learning after graduation. The Grad Psych Blog forms part of APAGS’ purposeful mission to equip graduate psychology students with the highest quality training, and thereby advocate for the advancement of both students and the field as a whole.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: 5 Tips from Finding Nemo for Completing Your Dissertation
Healthy Place is a blog for professional and personal education on mental illness, as well as behavioral, social, and emotional issues. The site hosts an impressive network of 28 blogs on a wide spectrum of mental health topics, ranging from anxiety to blissful living to verbal abuse. From this massive collection of diverse perspectives, Healthy Place educates and encourages those suffering from mental health conditions, and equips family and friends to support them.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: Things Verbal Abusers Say and Do
IQ’s Corner is authored by Dr. Kevin McGrew, founder of the Director of the Institute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP). It provides and discusses the latest developments linking intelligence theory and the applied practice of intelligence testing. In detailed, scientific posts, Dr. McGrew shows his passion for revealing the connections between psychological, statistical, and applied practice in both psychology and education.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: CHC Theory: Fluid Reasoning or Intelligence (Gf) Definition
Written by researchers and teachers at Leiden University's Institute of Psychology in the Netherlands, this blog is a solid reference point on human behavior and development. Authors include both university professors and researchers, who reveal their latest findings and respond to recent events from a psychological perspective. Topic categories include multiple fields of psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroscience.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: Facebook Depression? The Influence of Social Media on Adolescents
Using well-written posts and a sleek, minimal design, Tom Stafford and Vaughan Bell discuss the latest research and news in psychology and neuroscience. Their writing takes a no-nonsense approach in examining some of the toughest and most intriguing questions in the field of psychology today. Race, beauty, hormones, gender, and bias are some of the topics explored among Mind Hacks’ considerable list of posts.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: Don’t Panic but Psychology Isn’t Always a Science
Professor and industrial/organizational (I/O) psychologist Richard N. Landers reports on latest research in technology and psychology applied to the working world. In addition to offering live reviews of the academic conferences he attends, he writes extensively on social media, games, and virtual reality to explore how the internet is changing our understanding and practice of work. The meticulous reporting on this research blog has been recognized and reviewed by several other psychology websites.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: In the I-O Psychology Credibility Crisis, Talk is Cheap
These two scientific psychologists, Andrew D. Wilson and Sabrina Golonka, discuss psychological research and theories in insightful, technical detail. Their stated goal for the blog is to build a more coherent methodology of studying human behavior. They achieve this through posts that manage to be at once both conversational and scientifically rigorous.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: Assume the Cow is a Sphere
This blog publishes uplifting content and resources exploring positive psychology in its various cognitive and emotional expressions. With a multi-faceted emphasis on the power and practice of gratitude, optimism, resilience, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the Positive Psychology Program seeks to empower individuals to cultivate a positive mindset and live up to their highest potential.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: 100 Most Powerful Mindfulness Quotes: Your Daily Dose of Inspiration
On the Progress-Focused Approach, experienced psychologist Coert Visser intertwines personality and character traits, and personal and professional development, from a psychological perspective. His persistent curiosity and methodical thoughtfulness fuel his frequent posts, which cover topics like mindset, motivation, personal progress, and education.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: A 3x2 Achievement Goal Model
British psychologist and author Dr. Jeremy Dean dives into scientific research on a variety of psychology fields, including social, cognitive, and cyberpsychology. PsyBlog’s principal focus areas are depression, anxiety and motivation, but posts also explore controversial perspectives on a range of established psychological ideas by approaching them from unusual angles.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: Dilated Pupils: 10 Messages My Eyes are Sending You
UCLA doctoral students started both the Psychology in Action blog and its parent organization in order to leverage the full potential of rapidly-evolving psychological research by making it more accessible to the general public. They easily achieve this through relevant, information-packed posts on everything from sleep patterns and learning styles to emotional regulation and voting patterns. In their quest to discover and communicate how the mind works, the authors not only discuss recent research but also test long-standing psychological notions to verify their grounding in science.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: What is a Confounding Variable
Psychology Melbourne is a professional and personal reference point on numerous mental health and personal development topics. Australian psychologist Jill Wright founded both the blog and the organization that supports it in 2007. Both are dedicated to helping individuals improve their overall well-being and foster healthy relationships in every sphere of life.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: Burnout vs Depression
This renowned resource has established itself as an authority within every and any area of psychology since the launch of the Psychology Today magazine in 1967. Leading psychologists, psychiatrists, and academics continue to contribute to this treasury of content on a wide variety of wellness topics and mental health conditions.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: Is Mental Illness Real?
As the title suggests, PsySci discusses topical issues through combining psychological and scientific perspectives. Author Marcus Clarke provides numerous valuable strategies to increase productivity and happiness, reduce mental health stigma and depression, and achieve personal goals, among many other life-improvement endeavors. In addition to blog posts, the site also features comprehensive guides which list the best books, products, and resources available to assist in the treatment of numerous mental health conditions.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: 8 Logic Riddles? (With Answers)
As the oldest independent mental health social network online, Psych Central is one of the best-known reference points within the field of psychology. Since its founding in 1995, the Psych Central website offers multiple varied resources on mental health conditions, emotional support, and psychological research in order to educate and advocate for the holistic well-being of their massive monthly audience of 7 million people.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: Differences Between a Psychopath vs. Sociopath
The SACAP regularly publishes valuable information on educational pursuits, leadership, emotional health, and personal development. Rich images and clear writing enhance the reading experience in their three main content categories of psychology, counseling, and coaching. The practical insights and relevant takeaways in each post prove themselves both credible and useful for psychology students and the general public alike.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: PTSD Awareness Day: Can Abusive Relationships Cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
On Success Consciousness, seasoned author Remez Sasson posts encouraging "how to" articles on self-improvement, positive thinking, and personal motivation. He draws these insights from his years of personal experience, in-depth training, and concentrated practice in helping people define and achieve success. Time management, stress relief, and concentration improvement number among the most popular topics.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: Importance of Time Management
The Positive Psychology People emerged as the brainchild of positive psychology graduate students at Bucks New University in the UK, and has since grown into an ongoing exploration of the field with broad international participation. The blog promotes personal flourishing and maximum productivity in multiple aspects of life. Posts cover various self-development topics in health, education, relationships, and careers, among others.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: Changing The Messages In Our Heads
On The Psychology of Wellbeing, Jeremy McCarthy explores the applications of psychology in personal wellness and, uniquely, the hospitality industry. Well-researched posts discuss how people can improve their lived experience in multiple areas such as current events, fitness, parenting, and the workplace, through a psychological perspective.
OCP’s Highlighted Post: The Difference Between Positive Thinking and Positive Psychology