NERVOUS SYSTEMS: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS
Gateway to neuroscience websites.
A free web-based encyclopaedia that contains highly informative articles on many of the topics covered in the book. A good place to get a rapid overview of biological psychology.
Excellent essay on Donald Hebb, whose scientific spirit runs through Understanding Biological Psychology .
Neuroscience for kids! (Well, bright kids, anyway.) Also a great and informative introduction to neuroscience for those a bit longer in the tooth!
Basic overview of brain structure.
A basic introduction to the brain and the effects of drugs and fundamental neural processes; accessible to kids and the kid-at-heart.
Contains masses of information on basic biological processes.
Website provides superb examples of contrast illusions.
Provides visual illusions gallery.
Website on visual perception.
Good introduction to neural network ideas and principles.
Milestones in neuroscience research.
Informative discussion of the development and principles of neural networks.
GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
Interviews with leading contemporary Darwinian theorists.
A primer on evolutionary psychology from two leaders in the field.
An on-line textbook of genetics, including discussion of technical matters.
An online research of Mendelian disorders.
Discussion of the Human Genome Project, including ethical, legal and social issues.
Rich source of information and articles on behavioural genetics
Harvard University-based resource on neuroimaging and brain disease.
Interesting information on the history, structure and scanning of the brain.
University of Cambridge neuroimaging resources.
Excellent articles on rapid advances in the neurosciences
The National Institutes of Health in the US hosts excellent articles on progress in the brain sciences.
JOURNAL AND SOCIETY SITES
The website of the highly prestigious weekly journal Nature , where cutting-edge articles are published on a wide range of topics, including biology and psychology (it is also the portal to other relevant journals in the Nature family, for example Nature Neuroscience ).
Highly informative website of the Society for Neuroscience.
Site of the Society of Applied Neuroscience showing some of the applications of neuroscience methods (e.g., neural self-regulation of emotion and behaviour).
PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY AND STEM CELLS
Excellent presentation of basic psychopharmacology and its relation to psychiatric disorders.
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy offers an excellent introduction to the basic, technical and applied aspects of clinical psychopharmacology from the standpoint of a leading international pharmaceutical company.
Example of stem-cell technology company looking for treatments for neurodegenerative disease.
Psychiatry information resource based at the Institute of Psychiatry ( Maudsley Hospital ), London , describing major disorders and their effective treatments.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association: tables of disorders with some definitions.
Useful information and advice on clinically relevant aspects of mental illness from The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK .
Useful information and advice on clinically relevant aspects of mental illness from the American Psychiatric Association in the USA .
Diagnosis and therapy for psychiatric disorders by a leading pharmaceutical company.
Professor William Revelle's excellent website containing resources on personality psychology.
An example of an affective neuroscience laboratory, with neuroimaging resources.
This website is intended to provide rapid access to measures of individual differences, all in the public domain, to be developed conjointly among scientists worldwide.
A listing, with descriptions, of influential thinkers in cognitive science.
A useful collection of resources from the personality psychologist Paul Barrett.
COGNITION AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Useful introduction to meme theory and resources.
Stanford University description of cognitive science with useful to other cognitive science resources.
Michael Dawson's website with useful information and resources on cognitive science.
Rich resource of material on consciousness studies.
Various philosophical topics and illustrations of the construction of experience by the brain.
Philosophical issues discussed by one of the influential figures in consciousness studies.
A website of the multidisciplinary research centre at the University of Oxford that aims to examine belief and the brain. The Oxford Centre for Science of the Mind (OXCSOM) is a multidisciplinary program of research into the physical basis of beliefs and subjective experience.
British Psychological Society ethical guidelines.
American Psychological Association ethical guidelines for research with humans.
American Psychological Association ethical guidelines for research with non-human animals.
SCIENCE AND NON-SCIENCE
An entertaining and informative site is the much of the new snake-oil' that passes as science' these days. Includes essays on how to spot quack research and all forms of dubious scientific claims.
This website similarly surveys scientific claims that are groundless, worthless or wrong. Very good site to develop a critical attitude to new scientific' claims.
Stein, S. (2003). Psychology on the Web: A Student Guide . London : Prentice-Hall. (http://www.pearsoneduc.com)
Related to this book is a website with over 300 psychology web links; go to: http://www.booksites.net/stein
Google.com offers an excellent search engine to locate articles on any and every imaginable (as well as the unimaginable, and what one would prefer not to imagine!) topics. Usually, just typing in a phrase (e.g., Hebbian learning') will throw up a long list of sites. Sites located in university departments can usually be trusted for accuracy; other sites must be treated with caution (although more often than not such sites provide accurate and valuable information).