What is Experimental Psychology?

How often do you hear people saying they’re an experimental psychologist? Some people might say it’s boring or not useful at all, but probably many just don’t really know about it as much. Experimental psychology is the study of the mind, body, and behavior. Psychologists use methods and strategies to test their mind, behavior, etc. It affects many people even psychologists themselves. You also receive really good pay so it’s not like a useless job. You actually really need to do a lot in order to become a psychologist, but it does pay off. Nobody can really understand how overwhelming it could be to be a psychologist unless you really do become one. At the end of the day though, t is very beneficial and many people should be informed about what it really is and how it works.

Not many people know what experimental psychology is, how it works, and why it’s a good cause. In order to start an experiment, experimental psychologists first make a hypothesis, and then they analyze, experiment, and finally make a conclusion about what they just did or saw. There are really many types of psychology, and experimental is just one of them, but a really outstanding and unique one (Cherry, Kendra). In experimental psychology, all they basically try to do is use different types of methods to describe, explain, predict, and change human behavior/ emotions and try to see why do people do things the way they do. Other types of psychology doesn’t require you to test things out or anything. (Cherry) “Findings discovered by psychologists play a vital role in our understanding of the human mind and behavior.” (Cherry). Many people can actually benefit by this and as well as gain a little bit of more interest. That is because it’s almost like having someone helping you out. Experimental psychologists try to understand people and try to understand their emotions.

In addition, psychologists do many things.  Designing and conducting research studies to looking for a relation between two variables, is an easy task for them. Correlational research is how they do research (quantitative and in a special order to research). They investigate different methods and investigate how people pay attention to things. As a psychologist, you have your good days and as well as your bad so it just really balances out. Sometimes though, knowing you got a lot on your plate, might just not really be the easiest but that’s part of the job. (American Psychological) But you can learn so much more about others, and as well as yourself. Experimental psychologists also do something called case studies. “Case studies allow researchers to study a single individual or group of people in great depth…collect every single piece of data about the subject, often observing the person of interest.” (Cherry).

Furthermore, a psychologist will have to do a lot but then at the end, earn a lot of money. In order to be an experimental psychologist you first will need to finish your basic school (high school), and then you finally move to college where you will spend around 8.5 years roughly to earn your doctorate. After, you may have to take some final state exams and then will finally be given the title of an experimental psychologist. You might think that is a lot of school, but at the end you can earn more than at least $69,280 to around $83,580, while the top 10 percent earn over $110,880. (Psychology Guide). You can also work at many different places, like a mental health asylum, marriage & family centers, school, and as well as be in the market (having own office etc). So you have a variety of different places to work at. (Simply Psychology)

Overall experimental psychology is a really important and interesting career. You might have to do a lot to be one but at the end it’ll all be worth it. My perspective on experimental psychology is now really positive because I never really knew what it meant. Now I know many more things about it, I actually think it’s a positive and helpful thing, that everyone should know more about.

Works Cited

Cherry, Kendra. What Is Experimental Psychology? A Closer Look at the Experimental Side of Psychology. Very Well. November 25, 2016. https://www.verywell.com/what-is-experimental-psychology-2795784. Accessed 5 March 2017.

Experimental Psychology Studies Humans and Animals. American Psychological Association. N.D. http://www.apa.org/action/science/experimental/. Accessed 5 March 2017.

Experimental Psychology. Psychology Guide. N.D. http://www.psychologyschoolguide.net/psychology-careers/experimental-psychologist/. Accessed 6 March 2017. 

Mcleod, Saul. Experimental Psychology. Simply Psychology. 2012. http://www.simplypsychology.org/experimental-method.htm.  Accessed 5 March 2017.

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