Psychological Researcher

Filled with curiosity, Psychological Researchers conduct experiments to explore how humans and animals react, think, learn, and react to different scenarios. They are determined to work on a cause and have remarkable resilience.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Resillience 

  • Motivated to work on your cause 

  • Interest in the topic 

  • Data analysis 

  • Test result interpretation 

  • Excellent communication skills 

  • Excellent writing skills 

  • Math and statistical skills

  • Computer literacy especially in programmes such as SPSS

  • Curiosity

PROS

  • Longitudinal/ Cross cultural research provides opportunities for travel all over the world

  • Research exposes you to people from diverse backgrounds and various cultures

  • Freedom to conduct research in areas of interest

  • If you are able to secure thrid party funding, you have the freedom to be your own boss

  • Opportunity to learn something new everyday 

  • Skills are extremley transferrable

CONS

  • Education takes many years and is expensive

  • Reserach usually takes 2-3 years with a low job security 

  • Difficult to break into the field- extremely competitive 

  • Research must be extraordinary to secure funding

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Private Companies 

  • Colleges/ Universities 

  • Research Centres 

  • Governement/ Military 

  • Academia

  • Research Assisstant on an existing research project

  • Have an analytical mind

  • Are determined to find out the cause of each problem

  • Are willing to work with people or in a laboratory setting

  • Are a skeptic

KEY OPPORTUNITIES

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • You have more in common with a typical pigeon than you might realize-In some of the most important research ever done on the nature of behavior, across a storied career, B. F. Skinner (1953) made the case that the processes that underlie learning, such as operant and classical conditioning, are remarkably similar across species of animals — from dogs to goldfish to pigeons to rats to humans.

  • Elizabeth Loftus proving eye witness testimony isn't as reliable as we thought- Study Conducted in 1974 at The University of California in Irvine Loftus and Palmer set out to prove just how deceiving memories can be. The 1974 Car Crash Experiment was designed to evaluate whether wording questions a certain way could influence a participant’s recall by twisting their memories of a specific event.

  • Philip Zimbardo's famous study on how power affects us and our behaviour- The Stanford prison experiment (SPE) was a social psychology experiment that attempted to investigate the psychological effects of perceived power, focusing on the struggle between prisoners and prison officers. It was conducted at Stanford University on the days of August 14–20, 1971 by a research group led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo using college students. In the study, volunteers were assigned to be either "guards" or "prisoners" by the flip of a coin, in a mock prison, with Zimbardo himself serving as the superintendent. Several "prisoners" left mid-experiment, and the whole experiment was abandoned after six days. 

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