Types of Psychology


Types of Psychology

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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.

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

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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.

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology

  • Professional Psychology

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    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

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    This category covers areas of psychology that may arguably 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 enquiry.

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Child Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Exercise Science
  • Military Psychology
  • Paranormal Psychology
  • Political Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Prison Psychology
  • Psychology of Laughter
  • Psychology of Music
  • Psychology of Risk
  • Psychology of Space Exploration
  • Transpersonal Psychology

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