This is a list of important publications in psychology, organized by field.

Some reasons why a particular publication might be regarded as important:

  • Topic creator – A publication that created a new topic
  • Breakthrough – A publication that changed scientific knowledge significantly
  • Introduction – A publication that is a good introduction or survey of a topic
  • Influence – A publication which has significantly influenced the world
  • Latest and greatest – The current most advanced result in a topic

Introducing PsychologyEdit

Introducing PsychologyEdit

  • Joni E. Johnston The Complete Idiot's Guide to Psychology, 3rd edition. 2006. Penguin Books, U.S.A. An introduction to psychology for general public and students.
  • Nigel Benson Introducing Psychology, 1998. Totem/Icon Books. An introduction to psychology for general public and students. Popular, International best-selling, 14 languages

Principles of PsychologyEdit

Psychoanalysis and psychotherapyEdit

The Interpretation of DreamsEdit

Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysisEdit

  • Sigmund Freud Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis, 1920. Book available in several translations. Discussion of slips, transference, and dream analysis. Includes classic case studies.


A Theory of Human MotivationEdit


Psychology as the behaviorist views itEdit

  • John B. Watson Psychology as the behaviorist views it. Psychological Review 1913;20:158-177. Online version [ With his behaviorism, Watson put the emphasis on external behaviour of people and their reaction to a given situation, rather than the internal, mental state of those people. In his opinion, the analysis of behaviour and reactions was the only objective way to get insight into human actions.

Science and Human BehaviorEdit

  • B.F. Skinner. Published in 1953. An online version is available [1]. This is Skinner's seminal textbook, in which he discusses many subjects that are not usually covered, such as psychotherapy, self-control, and thinking. It was written as part of a publishing deal so that he could get his utopian fiction novel published. It has proven to be an enduring Radical Behaviorist treatment of the person and society. Pavlovian behaviorism has been absorbed into and obliterated by other theories of behavior, including Radical Behaviorism.


Folk psychologyEdit


Gestalt psychologyEdit

Experimental Studies of the Perception of MovementEdit

  • Max Wertheimer. Experimental Studies of the Perception of Movement, 1912. Considered to be the founding article for Gestalt psychology. The article described the Phi phenomenon.

The Gestalt Approach & Eye Witness to TherapyEdit

  • Fritz Perls. The Gestalt Approach & Eye Witness to Therapy, 1973. This is Perls' final and most complete formulation of gestalt psychology and therapy.

Humanistic psychologyEdit


Structuralist psychology|StructuralismEdit

Cognitive psychologyEdit

Evolution and psychologyEdit

Genetic PsychologyEdit

  • Baldwin, JM. (1896). A New Factor in Evolution. The American Naturalist, 30(354), 441-451.
  • Piaget, Jean. (1979). Behaviour and Evolution (D. Nicholson-Smith, Trans.). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. (Original work published 1976)
  • Simpson, GG. (1953). The Baldwin Effect. Evolution, 7(2), 110-117.
  • Weber, BH. & Depew, D. J. (Eds.). (2003). Evolution and Learning: The Baldwin Effect Reconsidered. Cambridge, MA: Bradford/MIT Press.

Evolutionary PsychologyEdit

Evolutionary developmental psychologyEdit

Evolutionary educational psychologyEdit

Clinical psychologyEdit

Developmental psychologyEdit

  • Baldwin, JM. (1894). Mental development in the child and the race. New York: Macmillan.
  • Beilin, H. (1992). Piaget's Enduring Contribution to Developmental Psychology. Developmental Psychology, 28(2), 191-204.
  • Bringuier, JC. (Ed.). (1980). Conversations with Jean Piaget. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Original work published 1977)
  • Chapman, M. (1988). Constructive Evolution: Origins and Development of Piaget’s Thought. Cambridge, UK: University of Cambridge Press.
  • Bronfenbrenner, Urie (1979). The Ecology of Human Development.
  • Gruber, HE, Vonèche JJ. (Eds.). (1993). The Essential Piaget: An Interpretive Reference and Guide (2nd ed.). Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.
  • Lourenço, O, Machado A. (1996). In Defense of Piaget's Theory: A Reply to 10 Common Criticisms. Psychological Review, 103(1), 143-164.
  • Piaget, Jean. (1952). The Origins of Intelligence in Children (M. Cook, Trans. 2nd ed.). New York: International Universities Press. (Original work published 1936)
  • Piaget, Jean. (1985). The Equilibration of Cognitive Structures: The Central Problem of Intellectual Development (T. Brown & K. J. Thampy, Trans.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Original work published 1975)
  • Siegler, RS. (1996). Emerging Minds: The Process of Change in Children's Thinking. New York: Oxford University Press.

Educational psychologyEdit

Forensic psychologyEdit

Forensic PsychologyEdit

  • Alan M. Goldstein. Forensic Psychology, 2003. ISBN 0-471-61920-5. Forty seven forensic psychologists cover the theory and practice of forensic psychology in both civil and criminal litigation.

On the Witness StandEdit

  • Hugo Münsterberg. On the Witness Stand, 1908. Considered to be the first publication to apply psychology to legal matters. Among the topics discussed are the reliability of witnesses' testimony and memory, lie detection, and methods of interrogating suspects of crime.

Industrial and organizational psychologyEdit


  • The Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Review
  • The Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • The Journal of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • The Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • International Journal of Selection and Assessment


  • [Cooper, Bloom, Roth]. The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology. Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-19-510399-8.

Social psychologyEdit

Classic Readings on Prejudice and Intergroup Relations

  • [Allport, GW]. (1954). The nature of prejudice. New York: Doubleday. This book expounds one of the most influential theories of prejudice reduction, known as the Contact Hypothesis: increasing contact between members of different groups is the foundation for reducing intergroup hostility.
  • [Tajfel H, Turner JC]. (1979). An integrative theory of intergroup conflict. In W.G. Austin & S. Worchel (Eds.), The social psychology of intergroup relations (pp. 33-47). Monterey, CA: Brooks/Cole. This is a classic paper on Social Identity Theory (SIT). SIT is one of the most prominent and influential theories concerning intergroup relations. SIT proposes that social context is the key factor shaping how different social groups are perceived and treated.

Perceptual PsychologyEdit

Gustav Fechner. Elements of Psychophysics, sections VII and XVI. Foundation of the field of psychophysics. Online version


Health psychologyEdit

Critical psychologyEdit

Post-cognivitist psychologyEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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