Electronic Texts Available Free on the Internet
Adler, Alfred Adler, A. (1932) Chapter 2 from What Life Should Mean to You Unwin Books, 1932.
Allport (1937). Gordon Allport (1937) The Functional Autonomy of Motives. American Journal of Psychology, 50, 141-156. The Psychology Classics archive at York University includes this paper where Allport first describes the concept of functional autonomy by through examples of the sailor, the musician, the city-dweller and the miser.
Bandura, Albert Adolescence and Education Volume V: Self-Efficacy Beliefs of Adolescents. Edited by Frank Pajares and Tim Urdan (2006). Published by Information Age Publishing, Greenwich, CT. Also available in Spanish. (Some conditions apply, see web site for details).
Bandura, Albert A. Bandura, D. Ross, & S. A. Ross (1961). Transmission of Aggression Through Imitation of Aggressive Models. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 63, 575-582.
Baumeister, Campbell, Kreuger, & Vohs (2003). Baumeister, R. F., Campbell,J. D., Krueger, J. I. & Vohs,K. D. (2003). Does High Self-Esteem Cause Better Performance, Interpersonal Success, Happiness, or Healthier Lifestyles? Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 4(1), 1-44. (Opens in PDF format).
Behavioral Genetics Behavioral Genetics: An introduction to how genes and environments interact through development to shape differences in mood, personality, and intelligence. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and The Hastings Center have made this book free and available for downloading. This book is an introduction for non-scientists to the science of behavioral genetics and its broader ethical and social implications. Among the topics covered are how scientists explore the influence of genes and environment on behavior and how such research may challenge our understanding of human nature, personal responsibility, and equality.
Bem (2003). Bem, D. J. (2003) Writing the Empirical Journal Article. From John M. Darley, Mark P. Zanna, and Henry L. Roediger (Eds.) The Compleat Academic: A Career Guide. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. In PDF format.
Bouchard (2004) Bouchard, T. J. (2004). Genetic Influence on Human Psychological Traits. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 13(4), 148-151. (opens in PDF format).
Brain Facts The society for neuroscience provides this free 74-page primer on the brain and nervous system designed as an introduction to neuroscience for a lay audience.
Branscombe & Spears (2001) Chapter 7: Social Psychology: Past, Present, and Some Predictions for the Future by Nyla R. Branscombe, University of Kansas and Russell Spears, University of Amsterdam. The online book The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the 21st Century edited by Jane S. Halonen & Stephen F. Davis and Published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology(2001) provides a broad overview of what research agenda and approaches this new century calls for across many of psychology's subdisciplines. Although this chapter is about social psychology, theories of identity and self are also discussed.
Calkins (1915) Mary Whiton Calkins (1915) The Self in Scientific Psychology. American Journal of Psychology, 26, 495-524.
Calvin & Ojemann (1994) Calvin, W.H. & Ojemann, G. A. (1994).Conversations with Neil's Brain: The Neural Nature of Thought & Language. Addison Wesley. Neurophysiologists William H. Calvin and George A. Ojemann at the University of Washington wrote this book and have made it freely available online. The basics of neuroscience are presented as a series of conversations between a surgeon and his patient.
Chaplin, Phillips, Brown, Clanton, & Stein (2000). Chaplin, W. F., Phillips, J. B., Brown, J. D., Clanton, N. R., & Stein, J. L. (2000) Handshaking, Gender, Personality and First Impressions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79(1), 110-117. (in PDF format). The APA press release is available .
Chronback & Meehl (1955) Chronback, L. J. & Meehl, P. E. (1955) Construct Validity in Psychological Tests, Psychological Bulletin, 52, 281-302.
Culture: ''Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, Center for Cross-Cultural Research, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington USA.
Dandeneau & Baldwin (2004) Dandeneau, S. D. & Baldwin, M. W. (2004). The Inhibition of Socially Rejecting Information Among People with High versus Low Self-Esteem: The Role of Attentional Bias and the Effects of Bias Reduction Training. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 23, 584-602.
Darwin (1872). The British Library has placed much of Charles Darwin's writings on the web including this classic paper The expression of the emotions in man and animals, London: John Murray, (1872), organized by chapter and including the original illustrations.
The Economist: The Mismeasure of Women The August 3rd, 2006 issue of The Economist has an excellent summary of the current research on gender differences in mathematics, verbal ability, aggression, and personality. Particularly valuable, are the links to supplemental information, including links to the psychological research cited, most of which are available in electronic format.
Erikson: Elkind (1970) Elkind, David (1970) Erikson's Eight Ages of Man. New York Times Magazine, April 5, 1970, pp. 25-27, 84, 87, 89, 90, 92.
Freud, Anna: Infants Without Families Anna Freud and Dorothy Burlingham, Infants Without Families, 1944 (excerpt).
Freud, Anna (1952) Freud, A. (1952). The role of bodily illness in the mental life of children. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 7, 69-81.
Freud, Sigmund: The Anatomy of the Mental Personality From LECTURE XXXI (1932). Source: New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis (1933) originally published by Hogarth Press. Includes Freud's original drawing of the id, ego, and superego.
Freud, Sigmund: On Aphasia Meeting of the Faculty, New York Psychoanalytic Institute, June 14, 1995. Presentation on electronic media and psychoanalytic education by Dr. William I. Grossman.
Freud, Sigmund: Civilization and Its Discontents (excerpt) A brief excerpt translated by Joan Riviere.
Freud, Sigmund: Dream Psychology. Available to download from Project Guttenberg. Search the catalog for "Freud" in authors.
Freud, Sigmund: The History of the Psychoanalytic Movement German original first published in the Jahrbuch der Psychoanalyse, 4. English translation by A. A. Brill in 1917. Translation first published in 1914 in the Nervous and Mental Disease Monograph Series (No. 25). New York: Nervous and Mental Disease Pub. Co.
Freud, Sigmund: The Interpretation of Dreams Click on "Research" in the left column then choose "Non-Fiction" then "Sigmund Freud" to find this complete translation online.
Freud, Sigmund: The Interpretation of Dreams Complete table of contents with much of the text available online.
Freud, Sigmund: The Interpretation of Dreams Originally written in 1900, translated by A. A. Brill in 1913. Originally published in New York by Macmillan.
Freud, Sigmund: The Interpretation of Dreams Short excerpt translated by Paul Brians on "dreams of convenience." Originally written in 1900.
Freud, Sigmund: Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis Based on Freud's lectures at Clark University these represent the introduction of psychoanalysis to North America. Originally published in 1910 in the American Journal of Psychology, 21, 181-218.
Freud, Sigmund: Outline of Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud's final outline of psychoanalysis selected and annotated by Andrew Roberts from Middlesex University.
Freud, Sigmund: A Philosophy of Life Lecture XXXV from New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis (1933) originally published by Hogarth Press.
Freud, Sigmund: Psychoanalysis for Beginners Available to download from Project Guttenberg. Search the catalog for "Freud" in authors.
Freud, Sigmund: The Psychopathology of Everyday Life First published in 1901, translation by A. A. Brill in 1914. Originally published in London by T. Fisher Unwin.
Freud, Sigmund: The Structure of the Unconscious Short excerpt describing the conscious, preconscious and unconscious and the id, ego, and superego. From An Outline of Psychoanalysis 1940, translated by James Strachey. N.Y.: Norton, and from New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis published in 1933, translated by W. J. H. Sprott. N.Y.: Norton.
Freud, Sigmund: Thoughts for the Times on War and Death Written in 1915.
Freud, Sigmund: Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex Available to download from Project Guttenberg. Search the catalog for "Freud" in authors.
Freud, Sigmund: A Young Girl's Diary English translation of: Tagebuch eines halbwüchsigen Mädchens. Available to download from Project Guttenberg. Search the catalog for "Freud" in authors.
Fromm, Erich Over 100 PDFs of Fromm's original writings (in English or German) are available from the International Erich Fromm Society's website.
Goldstein, Freud, & Solnit: Beyond the Best Interests of the Child Joseph Goldstein, Anna Freud, and Albert J. Solnit, Beyond the Best Interests of the Child, 1973 (excerpt).
Grouzet et al. (2005) Grouzet,F. M. E., Kasser, T., Ahuvia, A., Dols, J. M. F., Kim, Y., Lau, S., Ryan, R. M., Saunders, S., Schmuck, P., Sheldon, K. M. (2005). The Structure of Goal Contents Across 15 Cultures. Unpublished manuscript.
Hyde & Durik (2001) Chapter 8: Psychology of Women and Gender by Janet Shibley Hyde and Amanda Durik, University of Wisconsin. The online book The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the 21st Century edited by Jane S. Halonen & Stephen F. Davis and Published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (2001) provides a broad overview of what research agenda and approaches this new century calls for across many of psychology's subdisciplines.
Jung, Carl G.: The Association Method Jung's word association test is described in three lectures. Originally published in Jung, C.G. (1910).The Association Method. American Journal of Psychology, 31, 219-269.
Jung, Carl G. The CG Jung page maintains an extensive site featuring abstracts of Jung's collected works, extracts from selected works and an overview of his theories. Full-text articles are available for download for members only; membership is not free.
Kelly, G. (1955) The Psychology Of Personal Constructs: Volume One A Theory Of Personality From The Internet Archive, which is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
Kelly (1957) Kelly, G. (1957). Hostility. Paper prepared for Kelly’s Presidential Address to the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association.
Kelly (1964) Kelly, G. (1964) The Threat of Aggression. Paper prepared for a conference on Humanistic Psychology at Old Saybrook, Connecticut, November 27-29, 1964.
Kelly (no date) An on-line excerpt from the unpublished and unfinished book draft The Human Feeling by George Kelly.
Lewin, K. (1935): A Dynamic Theory Of Personality From the site: The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
Little (2001) Chapter 2: Personality Psychology: Havings, Doings, and Beings in Context by Brian R. Little, Carleton University and the Murray Research Center at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study of Harvard University. The online book The Many Faces of Psychological Research in the 21st Century edited by Jane S. Halonen & Stephen F. Davis and Published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (2001) provides a broad overview of what research agenda and approaches this new century calls for across many of psychology's subdisciplines.
Machiavelli, Nicolň: The Prince The classic treatise by Machiavelli himself, written around 1505 and published 1515 is available here in a 1908 translation by W. K. Marriott.
Maslow, Abraham Contains a list of books in print, audio visual materials, electronic versions of selected works, many of these resources are downloadable, some for a fee.
Maslow, A. H. (1943). A Theory of Human Motivation.
Maslow, A. H. (1941). Deprivation, Threat and Frustration.
Mawson, et al. (1996): Sensation Seeking Mawson, A. R., Biundo, Jr., J. J., Clemmer, D. I, Jacobs, K. W., Ktsanes, V. K. and Rice, J. C. (1996). Sensation-Seeking, Criminality, and Spinal Cord injury: A Case-Control Study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 144 (5), 463-472.(PDF)
Mead (1913) George Herbert Mead (1913). The Social Self. Journal of Philosophy, Psychology, and Scientific Methods, 10, 374-380.
George Herbert Mead (1934) Mead, G. H. (1934) Mind Self and Society from the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist (Edited by Charles W. Morris). Chicago: University of Chicago.
The Mead Project The Mead Project: Foundational documents in sociological social psychology is sponsored by the department of sociology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada. Find original writings by George Herbert Mead, Williams James, Charles Horton Cooley and others.
Murray, Henry A. (1938): Explorations In Personality From The Internet Archive, which is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
Murray, Henry A. (1943): Analysis of the Personality of Adolph Hitler From The Internet Archive, which is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
Pettigrew (1999) Pettigrew, T. F. (1999). Gordon Willard Allport: A Tribute. Journal of Social Issues, 55(3), 415-427.
Pizzagalli, Sherwood, Henriques, & Davidson (2005) Reprint (PDF format) of article by Pizzagalli, D. A., Sherwood, R. J., Henriques, J. B., & Davidson, R. J. (2005). Frontal brain asymmetry and reward responsiveness: A source-localization study Psychological Science, 16 (10), 806-813
Ramírez-Esparza, Gosling, Benet-Martínez, Potter, & Pennebaker (2006) Ramírez-Esparza, N., Gosling, S. D., Benet-Martínez, V., Potter, J. P, & Pennebaker, J. W. (2006). Do bilinguals have two personalities? A special case of cultural frame switching. Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 99–120. (in PDF format)
Rank (1914). Rank, O. (1914). The Myth of the Birth of the Hero. New York: Vintage. From the website: In this study Rank looks at a a wide variety of Eurasian hero birth narratives, including Greek, Roman, Judeo-Christian, Indian, and Germanic legendary figures. He uses the methodology and vocabulary of classic Freudian psychoanalysis to do so. The middle part of this book, where Rank enumerates some of these tales, will be the most useful for modern readers, as he draws on a wide range of sources, some of them fairly obscure. In the last part he puts these myths 'on the couch' as it were, and ties up his thesis very coherently.
Rogers, Carl: Freedom to Learn Two essays from this book published in 1969.
Rogers, Carl: On Becoming a Person Excerpts from this book published in 1961.
Rogers, Carl: Significant Aspects of Client-Centered Therapy First published in American Psychologist, 1, 415-422, 1946.
Rogers, Carl: Some Observations on the Organization of Personality Address of the retiring President of the American Psychological Association the September 1947 Annual Meeting. First published in American Psychologist, 2, 358-368.
Schmitt (2002): Promiscuity and Infidelity Across Cultures Schmitt, D. P. (2002). Are Sexual Promiscuity and Relationship Infidelity Linked to Different Personality Traits Across Cultures? Findings from the International Sexuality Description Project. In W. J. Lonner, D. L. Dinnel, S. A. Hayes, & D. N. Sattler (Eds.), Online Readings in Psychology and Culture (Unit 6, Chapter 4), Center for Cross-Cultural Research, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington USA. Complete table of contents available here.
Schmitt & Buss (2000): Sexy Seven? Schmitt, D. P. & Buss, D. M. (2000) Sexual Dimensions of Person Description: Beyond or Subsumed by the Big Five? Journal of Research in Personality 34, 141–177.
Schwartz (2000) Schwartz, B. (2000). Self-Determination: The Tyranny of Freedom. American Psychologist, 55(1), 79-88.
Skinner, B. F.: The Origins of Cognitive Thought Chapter one from Recent Issues in the Analysis of Behavior, 1989, Merrill Publishing Company.
Skinner, B. F.: Why I am Not A Cognitive Psychologist. From Skinner, B. F. (1977). Behaviorism, 5, pp. 1-10. The complete essay follows a brief introduction.
Vazire & Gosling (2004) e-perceptions. Vazire, S., & Gosling, S. D. (2004). e-Perceptions: Personality impressions based on personal websites. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 123-132.
Watson, J. (c.1922): Philosophical essays presented to John Watson From The Internet Archive, which is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. Includes a bibliography of publications by Watson (p.343-346)
Wegner (2008): Self is Magic Wegner, D. M. (2008). Self is magic. In J. Baer, J. C. Kaufman, & R. F. Baumeister (Eds.), Are we free? Psychology and free will (pp. 226-247). New York: Oxford University Press. (opens in PDF format)
Weisskirch & Murphy (2004): Sensation Seeking Weisskirch, R. S. & Murphy, L. C.(2004). Friends, porn, and punk: sensation seeking in personal relationships, Internet activities, and music preference among college students. Adolescence, 39, 189-202.
What is Evolutionary Psychology? Daniel J. Kruger, makes his book Kruger, D.J. (2002). What is Evolutionary Psychology? (Ann Arbor, MI: Altralogical Press) available online. Topics include adaptation, inclusive fitness, kin selection, altruism, sexual selection, parental investment, and more.