If this is the first time you have been to PsychPics, you are not familiar with psychology, and the extensive information appears confusing to you, I hope you will find this section beneficial.
Psychology consists of multitudinous areas, each of which has its own history of discoveries, perspectives and domains of interest. These areas are not entirely separate, however; they connect with one another in many ways. In the following network map, I tried to depict the areas of psychology covered in PsychPics, as well as their complex connections.
Due to these complex interactions, you will find that some entries of PsychPics carry the tags of many different areas; for example, Clinical Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology altogether in a post about autistic disorder. For that reason, the blog content is not organized in accordance to specialized areas. Instead, as you can see in the top menu, grouping sections show a sequence of steps for exploring each of the fields, started with the Intro, followed by Theories, Research Methods, Findings, Practices, Debates, and eventually, Inspirations.
The INTRO section consists of introductory entries of the covered areas. Each introduction is also accompanied with a network map which displays the connections between the subject with other fields, such as in Behavioral Psychology.
The THEORIES section describes and compares the important perspectives in each area. These perspectives are examined in empirical research, for which various RESEARCH METHODS are developed and refined, such as an experiment procedure or a survey format.
Noteworthy results obtained from empirical research are analyses and compared in FINDINGS. The PRACTICES cover the techniques of psychological practice in real life, for instance, Active Listening Skills in counselling.
The DEBATES include arguable issues involving theories, research methods, findings and even applied techniques. This section promises to be very interesting, as it will highlight some popular beliefs in the general audience that many professionals prove to be “myths”; for instance, the notion of left-brain versus right-brain dominance.
Finally, the INSPIRATIONS section links to external references related to psychology. These resources include other helpful blogs and websites, professional practices such as psychological clinics or special education centers, fascinating inventories which tackle psychological needs, and works of media art and literature which offer complementing viewpoints to psychological issues.