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Psychology 2.0's concept

The 2.0 in “Psychology 2.0”’s name has two meanings:

  • acknowledging that, following version 1.0 of the psychology concept, we considered that a new version required building based upon a different approach to scientific research, with the hope that it could boost the delivery of scientific results more relevant to everyday life
  • the new approach to the science is based upon the use of tools offered by web 2.0 technology. web 2.0 is a community-based, bi-directional communication that is the reverse of web 1.0, where there was only uni-directional communication between the editors of the websites and their audience. In web 1.0, the audience is passive, while in web 2.0 the audience can actively change the content of a web page. Examples of web 2.0 sites include Facebook, blogs, review sites (for example, trip advisors, hotel and restaurant opinion sites) or Lonely Planet.

The concept in details:

Psychology 2.0 is not restricted to psychologists.

  • Others who will be interested include: professionals who deal on an everyday basis with people gather valuable and extensive knowledge of human behavior
  • by using a language that is common to doctors, sociologists, teachers, psychiatrists, lawyers &c., we can collate all of the information we have on people
  • laymen interested in psychology, with an attitude reflecting their own behavior and habits, can add valuable knowledge to psychology.
  • the knowledge of commonsense and the accumulated observations made by world religions, which have remained valid over hundreds of years, can be either integrated in Psychology 2.0 or used as a double-check on psy2's findings.

Psychology 2.0 is integrative

  • as the founder of Psychology 2.0 is not connected to any major school of psychology (dynamic, cognitive &c.) the site is independent of various approaches
  • by using simple, everyday language, Psychology 2.0 tries to integrate the different findings in a common framework.
  • A good example of this integration is the effort made by Fodormik's Integrated Paradigm for Psychology (FIPP) which operates both with terms such as cognitive schemata (used in cognitive science) and self (used in the dynamic school's approach).
  • Psychology 2.0 respects the major findings of classical psychology (Psychology 1.0) but aims to rethink and integrate these findings into a wholly psychological view of life

Psychology 2.0 requires a positive attitude:

  • our approach: we initially attempt to observe good findings and valuable ideas within the context they are presented, then begin to examine any weaknesses in its arguments
  • using a co-operative attitude (language, supportive consideration) the community's creativity can be boosted
  • a positive attitude does not allow accepting faults in reasoning
  • if an error is observed, the error will not be emphasized, rather the alternative solutions

Psychology 2.0 introduces a modern conception of intellectual properties

  • in order to assist the level of creativity of the psy2 community, the site licenses the articles published on its website using the up-to-date web licenses of Creative Commons 3.0
  • Creative Commons guarantees that everybody will have his rights as an author, but releases the other rights connected to an article, such as copying, publishing and alteration
  • this concept of intellectual property enables the content of all articles published on to be available to the maximum of people and should thus be accessible by everyone via the internet
    • everybody can add his or her knowledge and ideas to make articles even better
    • by also taking into account the effect of using simple language, the results of Psychology 2.0 will be accessible for free by many more people than today
    • if somebody wants to publish an article found on Psy2 in off-line media and wants to earn money from doing so: he is free to do that if he indicates that the article's origin is and that the idea comes from the users who initiated the topic and added the most value to it
  • you can find further information on pmwiki system's authoring philosophy at (the article is written by Patrick Michaud, the creator of pmwiki -- the system which is based on)

Psychology 2.0 emphasizes a new way of communicating

The specialties of publishing on Psychology 2.0 are the following:

  • the possibilities of using links and multimedia
  • the text is in an electronic format enabling editing by the community
  • it is easy to discuss, and obtain feedback upon, your thoughts

That is why Psychology 2.0 would like to emphasize the following principles:

  • use of visual communication: a well-designed illustration can explain more than dozens of text pages
  • simple but precise language should be used with additional examples taken from everyday life that illustrates what you want to say
  • as this is not a book, and nobody is paying to read it, try to be as brief as possible. Remember that your readers are as short of time as you are
  • as with off-line publishing, maintaining a neutral position is a critical issue

Psychology 2.0 is a wiki.

  • “wiki” means an internet site where most of the published content is editable by the community of users. The well-known Wikipedia site is also a wiki.
  • a wiki is designed with the belief that, if people combine their information on a specific topic, it will be both closer to the truth and more detailed than if a sole specialist had presented the same information
  • a wiki has two major functions:
    • displaying the article (see 'View' tab in the top right corner); and
    • making it editable (see 'Edit' tab in the top right corner)
  • further features:
    • tracking which user has contributed what comment or elucidation to a specific article (see 'History' tab on the top right corner);
    • collecting the articles in different groups; and
    • comment boxes, chat forums

On Psychology 2.0, you can publish your idea without delay

  • as Psychology 2.0's core concept is online collaboration, our internet presence gives us more advantages:
    • whoever has an idea can easily publish it;
    • whoever is interested in a topic can ask other members to comment or vote on his statements;
    • whoever wants up-to-date coverage and fresh articles on psychology will find something new every day
  • Psychology 2.0 aims to become the center of the psychology community and to promote energetic and considered argument within it
  • the almost instant connection between the author and his audience and bi-directional communication allows much quicker access to and distribution of psychology research
Are you interested to contribute according to Psychology 2.0 concept?
Yes, I plan to do itNo, it s a bad conceptNo, but I m curious to see the output