Getting Started

  • Noba
    This free online platform provides flexibly structured, openly licensed textbooks and educational materials on psychology. A login is required to view materials.
  • Psychology Textbooks at OER Commons
    These textbooks are included in the curated collection of Social Science resources at OER Commons.
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) in Psychology [Video]
    In this video, OER advocate Rajiv Jhangiani gives a brief overview of the range of open educational resources available for teaching Psychology. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.
  • Psychology 2e (OpenStax)
    Psychology 2e is designed to meet scope and sequence requirements for the single-semester introduction to psychology course.”

Open Books

  • Abnormal Psychology
    “This text has been created from a combination of original content and materials compiled and adapted from existing open educational resources.”
  • Always Developing
    This textbook is on the psychology of adult development.
  • The Balance of Personality
    “This open access textbook was developed as an upper division undergraduate textbook for theories of personality.”
  • Beginner Statistics for Psychology
    “This text is an informal beginner’s guide to the basics of statistics needed to conduct tests of statistical significance for simple experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational research designs.”
  • Culture and Psychology
    “Culture is one of the most powerful forces in the world. It shapes how we make sense of our world, how we express ourselves and how we understand and relate to others. In this textbook we introduce cultural universals and culturally specific constructs in psychology. This textbook was created for an undergraduate course that appeals to psychology majors and non-majors because it meets several general education and transfer credit requirements.”
  • Discover Psychology 2.0 – A Brief Introductory Text (Noba)
    “This textbook presents core concepts common to introductory courses. The 15 units cover the traditional areas of intro-to-psychology; ranging from biological aspects of psychology to psychological disorders to social psychology.”
  • Handbook of Well-Being (Noba Scholar)
    “It is a pleasure to bring to you the eHandbook of Subjective Well-Being, the science of when and why people experience and evaluate their lives in positive ways, including aspects such as positive feelings, life satisfaction, and optimism.”
  • Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being (Iowa State University Digital Press)
    “This book provides an overview of lifespan developmental tasks (physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional) examined from individual and family theoretical perspectives. It covers topics related to families, diversity, individual and family health and well-being, and reciprocal relationships as affected by external factors.”
  • Instruction in Functional Assessment
    “Instruction in Functional Assessment introduces learners to functional assessment (FA), which includes a variety of assessment approaches (indirect, observational, and experimental) for identifying the cause of an individual’s challenging behavior for the purpose of designing effective treatments.”
  • Introduction to Community Psychology: Becoming an Agent of Change
    “This textbook will show you how to comprehensively analyze, investigate, and address escalating problems of economic inequality, violence, substance abuse, homelessness, poverty, and racism. It will provide you with perspectives and tools to partner with community members and organizations to promote a fair and equitable allocation of resources and opportunities.”
  • Introduction to Psychology (BCcampus)
    “This introductory text has been created from a combination of original content and materials compiled and adapted from a number of open text publications.”
  • Introduction to Psychology – 1st Canadian Edition (BCcampus)
    By Charles Stangor and Jennifer Walinga, this book “is designed to help students organize their thinking about psychology at a conceptual level. The focus on behaviour and empiricism has produced a text that is better organized, has fewer chapters, and is somewhat shorter than many of the leading books.”
  • Introduction to Psychology Study Guide
    “This study guide is designed to accompany the Introduction to Psychology – 1st Canadian Edition open text by Jennifer Walinga and Charles Stangor.”
  • Introduction to Sensation and Perception
    This student-led OER was created by students at the University of Minnesota.
  • Introduction to Statistics in the Psychological Sciences
    “This work was created as part of the University Libraries’ Open Educational Resources Initiative at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.”
  • Open access books on psychology at DOAB
    Find open access books on psychology, some more technical than others, at DOAB.
  • Principles of Abnormal Psychology (first edition) (Michael Miguel, Noba)
  • Principles of Social Psychology – 1st International H5P Edition
    “Helping students organize their thinking about social psychology at a conceptual level.”
  • Psychology – H5P Edition
    Based on the first edition of Psychology by OpenStax, this textbook is enhanced with H5P interactive activities.
  • The Psychology of Gender
  • Research Methods in Psychology: 4th Edition
    This peer-reviewed research methods textbook is authored by Rajiv S. Jhangiani, I-Chant A. Chiang, Carrie Cuttler, and Dana C. Leighton.

Open Courses

  • General Psychology
    “With the OpenStax Psychology textbook as a foundation, this contains other material curated by Lumen Learning and created by Patrick Carroll of the University of Texas at Austin.” The additional material includes assignments, H5P activities, and other teaching resources.
  • Human Development Life Span
    “Growth and development through the lifespan including physical, social, cognitive and neurological development. This course covers topics in each of these areas and provides an overview on subjects such as day care, education, disabilities, parenting, types of families, gender identity and roles, career decisions, illnesses and treatments, aging, retirement, generativity, and dying.”
  • Introduction to Psychology (Open Yale)
    “What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the nature and intensity of their sexual desires? Can apes learn sign language? Why can’t we tickle ourselves? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, religion, persuasion, love, lust, hunger, art, fiction, and dreams. We will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury.”
  • Introduction to Psychology Course Content
    These materials developed through the Ohio Department of Higher Education OER Innovation Grant include course maps and recommended resources for topics taught in community college psychology courses.
  • Undergraduate Psychology Courses (MIT OpenCourseWare)

Hubs, Sites, and Tools

  • Functional Neuroanatomy
    Find interactive modules and resources for teaching and learning neuroanatomy at this website.
  • Psychology TED Talks
    “These TED Talks—from psychologists and journalists, doctors and patients—share the latest research on why we do what we do.” Please note that while free to access, TED talks are not published with open licenses.
  • The R Project for Statistical Computing
    “R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS.”
  • Teach Pysch Science
    “Originally started with grant funding from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), we have relaunched at a time when many of us are rethinking how we approach teaching methods, statistics, and writing.”