The Most Assigned Psych Textbooks

The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) has collected and analyzed seven million English-language syllabi from 80 countries. A total of 193,201 of these syllabi are from psychology courses. Let’s take a look and see what we can learn.

  • Three of the top ten most frequently assigned texts are authored or co-authored by David Myers. Maybe SIOP’s Getting I-O into Intro Textbooks (GIT SIOP) Task Force should reach out to him specifically.
  • The most frequently assigned intro textbook–which appears in 2,298 syllabi–costs over $200 on Amazon.
  • A methods text doesn’t appear until #14 (Methods in Behavioral Research, Paul Cozby).
  • A stats text doesn’t appear until #36 (Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics, Andy Field).
  • A non-textbook primary source doesn’t appear until #49 (Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl).
  • An IO text doesn’t appear until #133 (Psychology Applied to Work: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Paul Muchinsky).

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

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