Websites of the Month
A springboard for knowledge about psychology
Maintained by psychologist Douglas Degelman, PhD, at Vanguard University of Southern California, AmoebaWeb showcases psychology at its best by listing Web sites and Internet pages pertinent to areas of the field. The links allow exploration of hot topics and guide professionals toward resources.
Divided according to areas of psychology as well as into categories of possible visitors, the site could be useful to instructors as a supplement to introductory textbooks and could be a place for practitioners to encourage patients to browse.
'Virtual patients' for teaching and research www.patsy.ac.uk
PATSy is an Internet multimedia database that makes "virtual patients" available to students of neuroscience, clinical science, medicine and related fields through an archive of clinical and research cases. The cases are suitable for consultation by researchers, students and clinical practitioners.
The system contains 56 cases (adults and children) showing symptoms of problems such as language disorders, developmental reading and writing problems, visual impairments and a range of acquired neurological disorders related to rehabilitation. Visit the site for a thorough demonstration of the database capabilities.
Network for parents investigating child anxiety http://www.childanxiety.net
Edited by Donna Pincus, PhD, of Boston University, the Child Anxiety Network uses nonspecialist language to aim worried parents in the most effective direction through free information. In addition to explaining and answering common questions about anxiety, fears and phobias in children, the site offers resources for parents such as books and toys, a directory of specialists in child anxiety and even a quarterly newsletter. Professionals can visit as well and gain resources.
The network is "dedicated to helping parents, teachers and professionals who have an interest in learning more about childhood anxiety disorders," says the site's web-master, John Otis, PhD, a research psychologist in Connecticut.