What’s hot and what's not in lay psychology: Wikipedia’s most‑viewed articles

Ciechanowski, Kaśmir Banasik-Jemielniak, Natalia Jemielniak, Dariusz

Kozminski University | Maria Grzegorzewska University

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We studied views of articles about psychology on 10 language editions of Wikipedia from July 1, 2015, to January 6, 2021. We were most interested in what psychology topics Wikipedia users wanted to read, and how the frequency of views changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. Our results show that the topics of interest to people seeking psychological knowledge changed during the pandemic. In addition, the interests differ noticeably among the languages. We made two important observations. The first was that during the pandemic, people in most countries looked for new ways to manage their stress without resorting to external help. This is understandable, given the increased stress of lockdown and the limited amount of professional help available. We also found that academic topics, typically covered in university classes, experi-enced a substantial drop in traffic, which could be indicative of issues with remote teaching.


Data wydania 2022 
Typ Article 
Język en
Paginacja 1-13
DOI 10.1007/s12144-022-03826-0