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Types of Psychology



If you have read the what is psychology page, you'll know that there are multiple and often competing levels of explanation when it comes to understanding behavior.


The aim of this page, therefore, is to try and group different types of psychology into meaningful categories. This page will also act as a hub page for anybody looking for quality information on a particular branch of psychology, or topic area within psychology.



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A Word About The Categories



All the different types of psychology listed on this page will be placed in one of three categories. These categories are designed to help people understand the context in which a particular psychology topic is likely to be encountered. As such, they should neither be seen as definitive, nor exhaustive.



Academic Psychology



Types of Academic Psychology

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This category covers the core, often compulsory topics within psychology that students traditionally study when doing a psychology course, degree or program. These are areas within psychology that can draw upon a broad range of related theory and research.



Please note that Psychology Research Methods (another core component of most psychology courses) has its own dedicated area on the website.

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Abnormal Psychology


Biological Psychology


Cognitive Psychology


Developmental Psychology


Personality Psychology


Social Psychology



Professional Psychology



Types of Professional Psychology


This category covers areas of psychology that have a distinct career path. All the specialist areas listed below have specific educational and training structures in place which allow people to become officially sanctioned as psychologists.



Clinical Psychology


Counseling Psychology


Educational Psychology


Forensic Psychology


Health Psychology


Industrial-Organizational Psychology


School Psychology


Sport Psychology





Popular Psychology



Types of Popular Psychology


This category covers areas of psychology that arguably may not have the mainstream gravitas of the topics listed in the academic and professional categories but nevertheless can still be considered significant areas of psychological inquiry.



Behavioral Economics


Child Psychology


Cognitive Archaeology


Evolutionary Psychology


Exercise Science


Paranormal Psychology


Positive Psychology


Prison Psychology


Psychology of Laughter


Psychology of Music


Psychological Testing


Transpersonal Psychology




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