1. The Social Psychology Network is a comprehensive online source for everything related to social psychology. Why not browse the main web page and get excited about the possibilities of the field?

Social Psychology Network, the largest social psychology database on the Internet.

2. The American Psychological Association is the premiere psychological association in the United States. At this site you can find links to all branches of psychology. Every student should visit this site as a course requirement.


3. The American Psychological Society is another professional organization that seeks to promote an understanding of psychological science as applied to the human condition. This organization also coordinates research valuable to teachers and students of psychology.

Also the link below contains some valuable articles relating to teaching and learning psychology.


4. Psychology “portals” or gateways to the field are great ways to explore the vast internet resources in psychology and social psychology.

Mega psych is an up to date and well-designed site that offers the student enormous resources to due research, write papers and further explore social psychology.

5. Psych Webb by Russ Dewey. His web site contains lots of

 psychology-related information for students and teachers of


6. Another Psychology portal that is an excellent reference for all things psychological is The links are for the undergraduate student in psychology and the lay public. But it’s ease of reading and breadth of material is truly rewarding.


7. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. This professional journal offers many articles related to social psychology and personality at no charge.


8.What do all of the Social Psychology terms mean? A Social Psychology Glossary is a wonderful website that gives an easy access to common terms in the field.

9.Scholarly Psychology Resources on the Web

This site is one of the best on the web and one of the most comprehensive for all branches of psychology.

10. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology Home Page

This is the website for the largest social psychology organization in the world.


They have a mentorship program that helps minority students with career related concerns. The SPSP Mentorship Program can be found at

11. What is evolutionary psychology? What is its relationship and relevance to social psychology?

Evolutionary Psychology for the Common Person

This website is a good site to explore these questions and more about evolutionary psychology.

12. Psychological Tests for Student Use

What kinds of surveys do social psychologists use and what kinds of concepts do they measure?

This website is at Atkinson College of York University in Canada. Have a handful of useful measures that illustrate the type of instruments that social psychologists use and the different concepts that can be measured by these instruments.






1. Students can participate in actual online research.

This page contains links to web-based experiments, surveys, and other

Social psychology studies.

2. This text and net source talks about the use and value of doing psychological research on the Internet.

Psychological Experiments on the Internet

3. This site gives detailed instructions for putting questionnaires on the internet.

How to Put Questionnaires on the Internet

4.  This site gives detailed information about how to do behavioral science research on the internet.

Intro to Behavioral Science Research on the Internet


5. An article on web research from the APA Monitor with links to other resources.

This article addresses the many pros and cons of doing web research.


6. Psych Experiments is a site devoted to doing psychology experiments on the internet.

Students and Instructors will find resources here and be able to participate in many social psychological experiments.

7. social psychology subject areas provide extensive information and links to websites concerning all aspects of social psychology.\

8. What is social psychology? What is a personality/social psychologist? York University’s Social Psychology site has tremendous resources available for students and instructors of social psychology. There are dictionaries, encyclopedias, journals, professional associations, and topic specific websites.




Chapter 3: THE SELF

1.     The Personality Project is an extensive site, which studies personality. Self-psychology is a subset of personality research and so much of what this site has to offer is not for the light-hearted. Even so, the adventurous student of psychology will be richly rewarded for diving in.

2.     Self-determination theory (SDT) is theory of human motivation concerned with the development and functioning of personality within social contexts. Do humans make choices within the context of their own volition and with full determination of choice? How does our sense of self-determination affect our choices in education, health care, exercise, mental health, parenting, etc? Questionnaires are available.

3.     A lot of self theory focuses on how we learn to emotionally attach ourselves first to our primary caregivers, and later how that early attachment influences intimate relationships.

What are the various attachment styles and how do they influence our current relationships?

This site looks at the basics of attachment theory.

Another site that looks at the Five Major Dimensions of Personality that makeup who we are and how we see ourselves is at:

4.     Just what does the Self-mean? This site answers the question quite simply.

5.     What is your personality type and temperament? You can find out by taking the Kiersey Temperament Sorter at:

After taking the Kiersey Sorter, you can find out more about your four lettered Jungian type at the these two links:

Type Logic Home Page:

Descriptions of 16 Myers-Briggs Types:

6.     What is self-efficacy and how is it being researched?

Current Directions in Self Research: Self-efficacy

7.     Who Am I???? Find out where sociology and psychology meet.

8.     Take the Twenty-Statement Test.

9.     What is subjective emotional well-being? How does it influence the self-concept and how is it measured? Dr. Ed Diener's Home Page defines the concept and discusses current research in the field.

10.  International Society for Self and Identity

This is the web site for a professional organization that is dedicated to the scientific study of the self. Why not visit and see the range of topics currently being discussed?






1.     How can you understand another person’s point of view if you are not aware of your own views?

Social Perception in the Study of Psychology try’s to answer this question. People respond not on the basis of reality, but on their perception of reality.


2.     Is the perception of people and their behavior unbiased?

This web show slide shows that we form impressions in some characteristic ways.


3.     How do our self-schemas affect our social perception and interpersonal interaction?

This site offers a slide show to answer the question.


4.     How well do you manage impressions? Take a short questionnaire and find out at:


5.     How self-conscious are you and how do you hide yourself from others? Take a short questionnaire and find out at:


6.     How do you relate to others on issues of interdependence? Take a short questionnaire and find out at: A Measure of Relational Interdependence


7.     Why do people make excuses and how does it affect the listener?

Excuses, emotions and in between.

8.     How does self-attribution and self-handicapping affect self-esteem?


9.     How does the self-serving bias affect our reactions to success and failure?

Self-Serving Attributional Reactions to Success and Failure




1.     Millennium Project. This site lists the top one hundred works in cognitive science in this past century. Not all of the articles relate to social cognition. Most of the articles relate to foundational studies that a serious psychology student will find fascinating. Click on the link  “view the top 100 links” on the web page.


2.     Social Cognition Paper Archive and Information Center. This site contains many articles on topics and research related to social cognition.


3.     How much do you need to think about things and do you tend to think things through? Take a short questionnaire and find out.

Test your need for cognition:


4.     A classic experiment on how you view yourself and your loyalty in relationship to others.

The Prisoner’s Dilemma:


5. The internet has influenced our lives as much as radio and TV. Has the internet affected us negatively by reducing social involvement and psychological well-being? Researchers and social critics are debating whether the internet is improving or harming participation in community life and social relationships.


6. Counterfactual Research News

The following link looks at research on counterfactual thinking. Haven’t you ever thought “what if scenarios” wondering how the world or your life might have changed if certain circumstances had changed. Visit this site for a wonderful look at what “what if’ thinking can do for you.




Chapter 6: ATTITUDES

1.     An online slide show of attitudes and attitude change.


2.     Psychologists Studying Attitudes.

The link below will provide you with an extensive list of research psychologists that have conducted or are conducting research on attitudes.


3.     How do psychologists measure the affective and cognitive components of attitudes?

Fill out the questionnaire on this website and find out.


4.     What is affect control theory? This site looks at how our emotions and attitudes change to be appropriate to the situation.


5.     Can attitudes affect your health and well-being? Attitudes: key to Health, Happiness & Longevity is a site that offers questionnaires to help you determine how your attitudes might affect your health.




1.     How do tobacco ads influence behavior? 

This site gives explicit instruction on internet-based persuasion designed to teach people not to smoke. Follow the first link and follow the instructions.


This second link is the site that tries to convince you not to smoke by taking appropriate quizzes.


2.     How did the government convince people to go to war in World War II? What methods of persuasion did they use? This site shows some of the ways in which persuasion was used.

The Powers of Persuasion


3.     How is advertising used to persuade us to buy a product, service, or idea?

Research Resources offers quite an extensive list of resources that may persuade you to buy.


Here is another extensive link to advertising resources at the University of Iowa.


4.     Here is a great mini lecture on persuasion at Steve's Primer of Practical Persuasion and Influence.


5.     How do cults get control of your mind and can you break free if you are a victim?

Steve Hassan’s Freedom of Mind Center


More information can be found about cults and their use of persuasion at:

 Information about Cults and Psychological Manipulation





1.     Tolerance.Org is an organization that educates us about prejudice and discrimination. It is an excellent site that contains many articles related to this chapter. This site contains the Implicit Association Test, which you can take to see what hidden biases you may have.


This site has many different types of tests to check for other types of hidden biases.


2.     Ten Myths About Affirmative Action- an excellent essay on the myths of affirmative action,


3.     Affirmative Action: A Review of Psychological and Behavioral Research

This article is a lengthy but informative of the various research done on affirmative action.


4.     What psychological theories explain prejudice and discrimination against minorities?

Psychological Explanations of Conflicts between Ethno cultural Minorities and Majorities


5.     What is one of the most influential anti-racist organizations in the United States?

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is still going strong after 93 years.


6.     What is sexism? Are women’s equal rights still at issue? The National Organization for Women has championed women’s rights at many levels. Some people have become complacent about women’s rights. But sexism is still alive and well.


7.     What are the facts about sexual orientation, aids, and human rights?

The site: Sexual Orientation: Science, Education, and Policy tries to separate fact from fiction.


8.     Prejudice and discrimination are everywhere in our heterogeneous population. Overweight people are not taken seriously and are discriminated against on the job, in public areas, etc. What organizations is there that educate and lobby for a greater understanding of our overweight population?

The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance has done much to elevate the self-esteem and empowerment of the overweight.

9.     American Association of University Women

This website promotes equity and for women and girls in an effort to limit gender discrimination.




1.     Transforming People into Perpetrators of Evil by Philip Zimbardo. This is a classic article by a first class psychology professor. How aggression and cruelty are reinforced in people through institutionalization.


2.     Compliance, Conformity, and Obedience- a list of links that give short lessons on some famous experiments in social psychology that still ring true today.



3. Implicit Association Test

This link is another excellent site to take the implicit association test. It will give you an excellent insight as unconscious bias.


4.Influence at work. The following looks at influence in the workplace and in academic setting.


5.This is a primer on persuasion and influence.


6. Propaganda.

This site is an excellent overview of how propaganda is used to persuade and influence us.


7. How is propaganda used in warfare?  Visit the site Propaganda and Psychological Warfare and find out.


8.     Trance net

This is an extensive and entertaining site that tries to teach us how cults and cult thinking can influence us.


9.What is the role of emotional functioning in the social competence of children? Is there reasonable evidence that accuracy in reading the emotions of others is related to children's social status?

Emotional Correlates of Social Competence In Children's Peer Relationships

10.  How do cults persuade and influence others? Are cults harmful to people or do they fill psychological and social needs?

AFF Cult Group Information

This website contains information about cults, mind control, and psychological manipulation.





1.     Center for the Study of Group Processes is located in the Sociology Department at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. This is a good site for looking at various research studies aimed at group processes. Pay special attention to their current research link in social psychology.


2.     Forsyth’s Group Dynamics Home Page

To quote from this page” For centuries, sages and scholars have been fascinated by groups--by they way they form, change over time, dissipate unexpectedly, achieve great goals, and sometimes commit great wrongs.”

This is an excellent resource for many aspects of group dynamics.


3. Center for the Study of Group Processes is based at the Sociology Department

At the University of Iowa in Iowa City. It publishes an electronic journal Current Research in Social Psychology that provides articles of interest to group behavior.


 4.Center for the Study of Work Teams. This is a site at the University of North Texas that studies work teams.


They offer some articles about work teams authored by some of the their graduate students that you will find interesting.


5.     Team Builders Plus. This is an extensive site dealing with human relationships and team building. The topics are too numerous to list, but you will find nearly every pertinent topic that applies to group process and team building.


6.     What's My leadership Style?  Take a short questionnaire and find out at:


7.     Center for Leadership Studies

This web site contains the findings of studies on the dynamics of leadership and how it affects a group.


8.     What are self-directed work teams? How can you improve teamwork?

Self-Directed Work Teams






1. Shyness-something that influences so many millions of us. The Shyness Home Page has many links that look at the effects of shyness and measures it with several questionnaires. After taking the questionnaires, helpful information is given to understand shyness and what a person can do about it.


2. What sexual scientists know about…this link provides some free brochures from The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality


3. Sexology netline. This is a scientific research and educational site dedicated to providing information and knowledge about human sexuality.


4. Facial Expression Home Page

Everything you wanted to know about how to read facial expressions and the research associated to studying nonverbal communication.


5.What makes certain personality characteristics attract and repel each other?

According to the interpersonal principle of complementarity, dominance invites submission, submission invites dominance, hostility invites hostility, and friendliness invites friendliness. This site looks at these complementary relationships.


6.How would you measure female attractiveness on the internet and in the laboratory? What differences would there be if you used such different methods for measuring attractiveness?

Laboratory and Internet Collected Judgments of Female Attractiveness are Similar and Different





1.     Marriage and Family Therapy On The World Wide Web

This comprehensive site has links from A to Z on every aspect on marriage and family relationships.


2.     Parents without partners give us information and advice about the most of intimate relationships: between parents and their children without the help of the traditional family network.


3.     How independent and interdependent are you? Take a short questionnaire and find out at:


4.     What do you do when intimate and sometimes long term relationships don’t work out? Approximately 50% of marriages end in divorce in the United States. What legal, self-help organizations, and support exist for divorcees?

The Divorce Central Home Page is a good place to find out.


5.     Sex is everywhere. Where can you find out what you need to know when you need to know it? The Society For Human Sexuality is a good place to start.


6.     Where can I go for scientific information about human sexuality?

Check out the Center for Sex Research.


The Kinsey Institute is well known human sexuality research center.


7.     Where do you go just for information about any number of intimacy related information?

Check out the Intimacy Institute.


8.     What keeps you from engaging in intimate relationships?

Take a short questionnaire and find out at:


9. Can early intimate relationships influence later relationships?

Imago: The Institute For Imago Relationship Therapy is another site that has helped thousands of people stay together and deepen their relationships. Imago therapy is based in part on depth psychology heavily influenced by Carl Jung.



Chapter 13: AGGRESSION

1.     The Brain Connection is one of the best sites on the web dealing with how the brain affects behavior.

This Brain Connection also has feature articles that deal specifically with motivation, emotion, and aggression.


2.     A wonderful site that looks at many different aspects of aggression in human relationships is at the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse.


3.     Aggression against children is all too prevalent. A wonderful site that gives extensive information about aggression against children is Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.


4.     Abuse and aggression against the elderly is a growing concern as the population of the aged is increasing in our country. What are the signs and symptoms of aggression against the elderly? How do you stop the aggression? Can the aggression happen to you or your parents or grandparents? Find out at:


5.     How are drugs and alcohol related to violence and aggression? How do you deal with the violence caused by drugs and alcohol? What are the symptoms and treatment of such aggression?

Find out at:


6.     Violence and aggression occur in dating relationships. What is the likelihood of being attacked in a dating relationship? What are the signs and symptoms an individual should look for in a potentially dangerous relationship?

Dating violence: Articles, fact sheets, and other informative resources


7.     Terrorism is in the news and will be for a long time to come. What is it? How does it differ from war? Where is it likely to come from? What can we do about it?

Terrorism: Articles, fact sheets, and other informative resources


8.     Survivors feel the results of aggression for a long time and it influences their lives for year to come. What resources are there for the survivors of violence? What stages of healing do survivors go through? When can survivors of violence expect to feel normal and secure?

Survivor resources:


9.     Does violence in the media cause children to behave more aggressively? Are adults who watch more violent movies and television programs more likely to be aggressive? Are violent video games teaching us to act out and practice violent acts?

Violence in the media: Articles, fact sheets, and other informative resources




  1. Under what circumstances would you help someone? This site take us through the thinking to determine the conditions that social psychologists find that help us help or that limit the kind of help we give.

            Would you stop to help him?



  1. What if you wanted to help but could not find the organization that might match your concerns? Guidestar-The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations would be a good place to start.



  1. Can psychology radically change society to be more altruistic and human oriented? Radical Psychology Network is certainly trying to, check it out>



  1. Many organizations are now using the internet to influence people to help others. One of these organizations is called the Network for Good. Check it out and see how the power of the net can be used for good.



  1. Prosocial behavior can go political. What if you could lobby political entities to help you achieve causes you believe in? Check out Webactive.
  3. How can we as individuals help the homeless? Here is a site that lists and describes 54 ways.

            54 Ways You Can Help The Homeless


  1. What can I do to Promote Human Rights?



  1. Hunger in the world is still with us even though more of us have enough to eat. How can we eradicate hunger in our community, in our cities, in our country and in the world? This site acts as a clearing house ideas and information to eliminate hunger.