List of important publications in psychology

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This is a list of important publications in psychology, organized by field.

Some reasons why a particular publication might be regarded as important:

  • Topic creator – A publication that created a new topic
  • Breakthrough – A publication that changed scientific knowledge significantly
  • Introduction – A publication that is a good introduction or survey of a topic
  • Influence – A publication which has significantly influenced the world
  • Latest and greatest – The current most advanced result in a topic


[edit] Introducing Psychology

[edit] Introducing Psychology

  • Nigel Benson
  • Introducing Psychology, 1998. Totem/Icon Books.

Description: Introduction to psychology for general public and students.

Importance: Popular, International best-selling, 14 languages

[edit] Principles of Psychology

Description: This monumental text can be view as the beginning of psychology.

Importance: Topic creator, Breakthrough, Influence

[edit] Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy

[edit] The Interpretation of Dreams

Description: Dream interpretation became a part of psychoanalysis due to this seminal work.

Importance: Topic creator, Breakthrough, Influence

[edit] Personality

[edit] A Theory of Human Motivation

Description: In this paper the Maslow's hierarchy of needs was described.

Importance: Topic creator, Breakthrough, Influence

[edit] Behaviorism

[edit] Psychology as the behaviorist views it

Description: With his behaviorism, Watson put the emphasis on external behaviour of people and their reactions on given situations, rather than the internal, mental state of those people. In his opinion, the analysis of behaviours and reactions was the only objective method to get insight in the human actions.

Importance: Topic creator, Breakthrough, Influence

[edit] Cognitivism

[edit] Functionalism

[edit] Gestalt psychology

[edit] Experimental Studies of the Perception of Movement

  • Max Wertheimer
  • Experimental Studies of the Perception of Movement, 1912.

Description: Considered the founding article for Gestalt psychology. The article described the Phi phenomenon.


[edit] Humanistic psychology

[edit] Phenomenology

  • Medard Boss, Existential Foundations of Medicine and Psychology (Jason Aronson, 1984; ISBN 1-56821-420-0)
  • Medard Boss, Psychoanalysis and Daseinsanalysis (Da Capo Pr, 1982; ISBN 0-306-79708-9)
  • Medard Boss, The Analysis of Dreams (Philosophical Library, 1958)
  • Amedeo Giorgi, Psychology as a Human Science (Harper & Row, 1970)
  • R.D. Laing, The Divided Self (Penguin, 1965)
  • Robert D. Romanyshyn, Mirror and Metaphor: Images and Stories of Psychological Life (Trivium, 2001)
  • Ernesto Spinelli, The Interpreted World: An Introduction to Phenomenological Psychology (Sage, 2nd Edition, 2005)
  • Erwin Straus, Man, Time and World (Humanities Press, 1982)
  • Erwin Straus, The Primary World of the Senses (Free Press of Glencoe, 1963)
  • Jan Hendrik van den Berg, A Different Existence (Duquesne University Press, 1973)

[edit] Structuralism

[edit] Cognitive psychology

Description: A recent comprehensive collection of survey chapters on topics in higher cognition.

[edit] Evolutionary psychology

(1992). The Adapted Mind. NY: Oxford University Press.

[edit] Evolutionary developmental psychology

[edit] Evolutionary educational psychology

[edit] Clinical psychology

Description: This publication was the foundation of the classification systems used in today's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.


[edit] Developmental psychology

[edit] Educational psychology

Anderson, J. R., Corbett, A. T., Koedinger, K. R., & Pelletier, R. (1995). Cognitive tutors: Lessons learned. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 4, 167-207.

Bandura, A. (1993). Perceived self-efficacy in cognitive development and functioning. Educational psychologist, 28, 117-148.

Cronbach, L. J. (1957). The two disciplines of scientific psychology. American Psychologist, 12, 671-684.

Cronbach, L. J., & Meehl, P. E. (1955). Construct validity in psychological tests. Psychological Bulletin, 52, 281-302.

Mayer, R. E. (1997). Multimedia learning: Are we asking the right questions? Educational Psychologist, 32, 1-19.

Palincsar, A. S. (1998). Social constructivist perspectives on teaching and learning. Annual Review of Psychology, 49, 345-375.

Skinner, B. F. (1958). Teaching Machines. Science, 128(3330), 969-977.

Spearman, Charles. (1904). "General intelligence," objectively determined and measured. American Journal of Psychology, 15, 201-293.

Sweller, J., van Merrienboer, J. J., & Paas, F. G. (1998). Cognitive architecture and instructional design. Educational Psychology Review, 10, 251-296.

Terman, Lewis M. (1916). The uses of intelligence tests. From The measurement of intelligence (chapter 1). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Thorndike, Edward L. (1910). The contribution of psychology to education. Journal of Educational Psychology, 1, 5-12.

Thurstone, L. L. (1934). The vectors of mind. Psychological Review, 41, 1-32.

[edit] Forensic psychology

[edit] Forensic Psychology

Description: 47 forensic psychologists cover the theory and practice of forensic psychology in both civil and criminal litigation.

Importance: Introduction

[edit] On the Witness Stand

Description: Considered the first publication in applying psychology to legal matters. Among the topics discussed are reliability of witnesses' testimony and memory, lie detection and interrogation methods on suspects of crime.


[edit] Industrial and organizational psychology

[edit] Journals

  • The Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Review
  • The Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • The Journal of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • The Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • International Journal of Selection and Assessment

[edit] Neuropsychology

The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology by Cooper, Bloom, Roth.

Oxford University Press, 1996 ISBN 0-19-510399-8

Description I found this complicated book incredibly easy to read. The 2nd Chapter, Cellular Foundations of Neuropharmacology, explained the nature of the nervous system to me in just one page, like I had never known about it before. And, there doesn't seem to be a boring page in the book.

Importance As yet unknown, this is a very new field.

I will have to leave it for someone with more expertise to judge the value of this science pearl.

[edit] Social psychology

Classic Readings on Prejudice and Intergroup Relations

Allport, G.W. (1954). The nature of prejudice. New York: Doubleday.

Description: With this book, Gordon Allport put forth one of the most influential theories of prejudice reduction, known as the Contact Hypothesis. The basic idea behind the Contact Hypothesis is that increasing contact between members of different groups is the foundation for reducing intergroup hostility. This book is important for many other reasons as well, and is recommended reading for anyone interested in the areas of prejudice and discrimination.

Importance: Breakthrough, Influence

Tajfel, H., & Turner, J.C. (1979). An integrative theory of intergroup conflict. In W.G. Austin & S. Worchel (Eds.), The social psychology of intergroup relations (pp. 33-47). Monterey, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Description: This is a classic paper on Social Identity Theory (SIT). SIT is one of the most prominent and influential theories concerning intergroup relations and has spawned massive amounts of research. The main point behind SIT is that the social context is the key factor shaping how different social groups are perceived and treated.

Importance: Breakthrough, Influence

[edit] Perceptual Psychology


Importance : Foundation of the field of psychophysics.

Online version available :

[edit] Health psychology

[edit] Critical psychology

[edit] Post-cognivitist psychology

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

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