Psychology Today

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Psychology Today
Cover of Psychology Today 2013.jpg
Editor in ChiefKaja Perina
FrequencyBimonthly
Total circulation
(2017)
250,000 [1]
Year founded1967;52 years ago (1967)
CompanySussex Publishers
CountryUnited States
Based in New York City
LanguageEnglish
Website Access
Archive
ISSN 0033-3107

Psychology Today is a magazine published every two months in the United States since 1967.

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Contents

History and mission

Founded in 1967 [2] by Nicolas Charney, Ph.D, its intent is to make psychology literature more accessible to the general public. The magazine focuses on behavior and covers a range of topics including psychology, neuroscience, relationships, sexuality, parenting, health (including from the perspectives of alternative medicine), work, [3] and the psychological aspects of current affairs. [1]

Psychology is the science of behavior and mind. Psychology includes the study of conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as feeling and thought. It is an academic discipline of immense scope. Psychologists seek an understanding of the emergent properties of brains, and all the variety of phenomena linked to those emergent properties, joining this way the broader neuroscientific group of researchers. As a social science it aims to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases.

Neuroscience scientific study of the nervous system

Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. It is a multidisciplinary branch of biology that combines physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, developmental biology, cytology, mathematical modeling and psychology to understand the fundamental and emergent properties of neurons and neural circuits. The understanding of the biological basis of learning, memory, behavior, perception, and consciousness has been described by Eric Kandel as the "ultimate challenge" of the biological sciences.

Parenting or child rearing is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Parenting refers to the intricacies of raising a child and not exclusively for a biological relationship.

The magazine's website features therapy and health professionals directories [1] and hundreds of blogs written by a wide variety of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, medical doctors, anthropologists, sociologists, and science journalists. Its current editor-in-chief is Kaja Perina. [4]

Psychologist professional who evaluates, diagnoses, treats, and studies behavior and mental processes

A psychologist studies normal and abnormal mental states, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by experimenting with, and observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments.

A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in psychiatry, the branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, unlike psychologists, and must evaluate patients to determine whether their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental ailments, or strictly psychiatric. A psychiatrist usually works as the clinical leader of the multi-disciplinary team, which may comprise psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and nursing staff. Psychiatrists have broad training in a bio-psycho-social approach to assessment and management of mental illness.

An anthropologist is a person engaged in the practice of anthropology. Anthropology is the study of aspects of humans within past and present societies. Social anthropology, cultural anthropology, and philosophical anthropology study the norms and values of societies. Linguistic anthropology studies how language affects social life, while economic anthropology studies human economic behavior. Biological (physical), forensic, and medical anthropology study the biological development of humans, the application of biological anthropology in a legal setting, and the study of diseases and their impacts on humans over time, respectively.

Circulation

In 1976 Psychology Today sold 1,026,872 copies. [2] The circulation of the magazine was 1,171,362 copies in 1981 and 862,193 copies in 1986. [2]

It has a circulation of 250,000 copies per issue as of 2017 and claims 15.02 people read each copy for a total audience of 3,755,000. [1] From June 2010 to June 2011, it was the one of the top ten consumer magazines by newsstand sales. [5] In recent years, while many magazines have suffered in readership declines, Adweek , in 2013, noted Psychology Today's 36 percent increase in number of readers. [6]

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Leadership

Owned and managed by the American Psychological Association from 1983 to 1987, [7] the publication is currently endorsed by the National Board for Certified Counselors, which promotes subscriptions and offers professional credit for a small fee and assigned assessment for each article read. [8]

American Psychological Association scientific and professional organization

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States, with over 118,000 members including scientists, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students. The APA has an annual budget of around $115m. There are 54 divisions of the APA—interest groups covering different subspecialties of psychology or topical areas.

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Editors

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Advertising Media Kit" (PDF). Psychology Today. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. 1 2 3 Bruce V. Lewenstein (1987). "Was There Really a Popular Science" Boom"?". Science, Technology, & Human Values. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  3. "Psychology Today". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2013.
  4. Perina, Kaja. "Psychology Today: Experts". Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, LLC. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  5. Ives, Nat (9 August 2011). "Top 10 Consumer Magazines by Single Copy Sales (chart)". AdAge.
  6. Bazilian, Emma (29 May 2013). "Magazine Readership Growing, Survey Shows Digital readership up more than 80% in past year". Adweek.
  7. Dougherty, Phillip H. (February 23, 1983). "Advertising: Psychology Today Sale To Group Completed". The New York Times .
  8. "Certification Benefits". NCC Service Center. National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates, Inc. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
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