Understanding the human mind has passed through many different stages. Belief systems, or paradigms such Shamanism, Spirituality, Organised Religion and the Occult have existed for millennia.
In terms of modern science, we have also passed through many different perspectives. In the brief history of Psychology. Psychoanalysis, Behaviourism, Cognitive Psychology and now Biopsychology paradigms have often vied with one another for dominant dominance. Whilst they often compliment one another, it cannot be denied that there is sometimes considerable conflict between the opposing viewpoints, and they certainly compete, in terms of funding if not in terms of content.
(References similar to the Tree of Knowledge introduction would be good here)
The psychology Wiki can act as a forum for the latest research, with abstracts on site and discussion forums for each paper published, with links to on or off site storage of free papers, as well as links to off-site publishers, whom one could purchase individual papers from as required.
Such a forum, combined with the Meta-textbook user/contributor model would allow psychologists to begin to collaborate on the integration of the ideas and knowledge base within psychology
Text book quality content, with full academic referencing (APA style as standard)
Articles will be extensive cross-linked. For example: biopsychological perspectives being easily contrasted with cognitive or humanistic approaches. Using internal linking, a Wiki can achieve this, which is impossible with textbooks.
Course content for training courses in both Academic (university, pre and post graduate level) and Practitioner (Trainee & CPD level).
Discussion of latest research at present takes place in reviews within academic journals, and between colleagues within institutions. Academics need a forum to discuss the latest research with one another if Psychology is ever to realise its aim of becoming an integrated and unified discipline. The role of the Psychology Wiki in this aim is:
To provide a forum to discuss new papers as and when they are published.
Access to Abstracts on site (copyright permitting).
Access to full text of papers (in .pdf format) on or off-site.
A place to present their research, either on site, or linked to their personal web sites.
There is a need for users of psychology and psychiatric services to be heard. People who may be suffering from mental illness are entitled to as much of an input in the development of psychology as the Academics and Practitioners. The vision for the service users is:
Parallel information on relevant subjects, written in a more accessible style.
A forum to express their ideas, separate from the academic side, but accessible by both groups, so that users of our services to enter into a dialogue with both researchers and practitioners.
A place to express experiences of psychological issues, such as depression, from their perspective.
When people first hear about the Wiki model of user driven content, they tend to worry that the quality of the articles will be poor, or that vandalism will be a serious issue. Whilst these issues do exist, they are far less harmful than one might imagine for the following reasons:
Most people will not vandalize a web page, in the same way that most people will not vandalize a text book. The anonymity of the internet does not stop many people from following conventional social norms of behaviour.
Vandalism to a page can be easily and quickly fixed by reverting to an earlier version.
People tire of vandalism far more quickly than committed contributors tire of writing articles.
If people see that an article's content is of a good quality, they are hesitant to edit it.
If people see that an article's quality is of poor quality, they tend to either:
Improve the article
Tag the article for improvement
Or discuss how the article can be improved in its talk page.
Later contributors are in effect, peer reviewing the material written by other contributors. An expert in a field, should they encounter errors, will likely fix them, whereas a novice is less likely to interfere.
The continuous improvement of articles through changes by contributors, of which only the good changes are kept in the long run, is analogous to the evolutionary theory of artificial selection. In time, through selection, the Psychology Wiki should evolve into a high quality, thoroughly researched and referenced online resource.
The Psychology Wiki and its founders make no money from this site. It is an entirely voluntary operation disseminating copyright free psychology information. Our goal is to share, without costs of any kind, psychology knowledge between academic and professional psychologists and with a wider audience of non-psychologists.
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