The BBC has launched a new initiative to tackle misconceptions about psychology.
The project, named The Psychology of Misconceptions and How to Fix Them, will offer information on the different types of psychology and how they are related.
The new website will offer advice on how to fix common misconceptions about the field, such as the notion that it has a single purpose, that it is a single-purpose discipline and that it cannot teach.
The project aims to highlight common misconceptions around psychology and encourage people to think about the scientific basis of psychology in a more positive way.
The site includes information on different types, such a “social psychology” and “emotional psychology”, which are used in the field of social psychology and emotional neuroscience.
“Misconceptions about psychology are not new, but these types of misconceptions are much more prevalent than people realize,” said Simon Davies, Director of Science, Culture, and Education at the BBC.
“People have a general idea about what psychology is, but they don’t understand the way it works and what its role is in our lives.”
“This is a project we believe will change how we think about psychology, and we are so excited to be able to show the public the full range of the science behind psychology.”
The website will include resources for people to share and learn about psychology from a range of sources, such the BBC News website, the BBC Science Facebook page, Psychology Today and Psychology Today blog.
“As a society, we need to make it easy for people, and especially people who are young and vulnerable, to get to know psychology,” Davies said.
The website is not a replacement for the BBC’s existing online resources, which provide a number of resources.
“But it will be an invaluable resource for those who wish to get up-to-date on what the science is, and how it works,” Davies added.
Psychology Today has also launched a series of blogs on psychology, which includes articles on psychology research, psychology research methodology, research and public perception.
“It’s great to see science being used to inform social and political issues and how the field is used by the government and others,” said Sarah McBride, Editor in Chief of Psychology Today.
The BBC also launched the Psychology Science Research Digest, which aims to give a comprehensive overview of the latest research into psychology.
The aim of the Psychology Research Digest is to provide a “roadmap for those interested in the fields research,” Davies explained.
“This will help people to get the most up- to-date information from a variety of sources.”
“There are many more areas of research in psychology that the BBC is currently providing to people, including how the world is changing, and what’s being done in the social sciences, so we’re always looking to get more information out there,” Davies concluded.
The Psychology of Health article is available on Psychology Today’s website and PsychologyToday’s blog.