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Psychology Research

Here are just a few websites to get you started. This is not an exhaustive list--please don't rely only on it! Ms. Faitel sent you several websites in her School Loop email. You will also have to find websites of your own in order to get 4 reliable sources on your topic. Remember to only use .gov, .edu, or .org sites and to make sure they are all created by a person or organization that is an expert on psychology!


1. Color and Perception:


2. Emotion

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3. Abnormal psychology

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From the first chapter of a textbook about abnormal psychology. If it's too zoomed-in for you to read, try hitting the Ctrl key and the minus sign at the same time to zoom out.

 The DSM and


4. Major historical figures in sensation and perception

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All major figures:

The database Biography in Context from Alameda County Library is a great source of information on psychologists. You will need a library card, and you will need to skip over the articles that simply give a biography of the person's life and find those that go into detail about their theories/work. For instance, try looking up Gustav Fechner, and then click on the first article given, from the Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 

Fechner--skip the childhood and personal stuff and focus on the section called "Professional Accomplishments":

Hubel & Wiesel-- from an academic journal, regarding why Hubel and Wiesel were so important. Good info but maybe a little technical. 


Very brief intro

From a Purdue psych professor, explains a little more:


Physics and Psychology--START HERE MONDAY 2/3:

How do these two branches of science, Physics and Psychology, combine to give us a more complete understanding of how the world works? What do they have in common?


Definitions of Physics and Psychology  


Classical conditioning, counterconditioning, and the problem of reclaimed water

Keywords to search: associative learning, classical conditioning, counterconditioning, reclaimed water, water recycling, recycled water versus desalinization/desalinized water, the yuck factor


New York Times

NPR--"Here, Drink A Nice Glass of Sparkling Clean Wastewater"

NPR--"Why Cleaned Wastewater Stays Dirty in our Minds"

NPR--interview with the manager of an Orange County, CA program to use wastewater for drinking


EPA page regarding reclaimed water/water recycling

The yuck factor

An Australian study comparing recycled water and desalinated water (former salt water), and public perception of both. They found that Australians were more likely to want to use desalinated water for uses that are "close to the body," like drinking and showering, even though it is more expensive to make:


Another Australian study about what motivates people's likelihood of using recycled water versus desalinated.



"The Yuck Factor" article

An article from Waste News, in the EBSCO database, Alameda Co. Library


Article about the psychology of disgust From New Scientist magazine in the EBSCO database, Alameda Co. Library


"The Psychology of Water Reclamation and Reuse"

Although this study was funded by groups that promote water reclamation and so is not entirely impartial, the researchers are established experts--Haddad & Rozin, the first two researchers doing this 2009 study, have made a specialty of studying what causes disgust in people. They apply that to water reclamation in this survey-based study.


Last Modified on January 9, 2019