• Question: What do psychologists do?

    Asked by Rasheeda1124 to Andy, James, Mary, Wil on 15 Mar 2017.
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      Mary Spiller answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      Psychology as a subject covers all aspects of human experience (and animals too!) so we do all sorts of things – we do research into almost anything and everything, some psychologists do assessments of people with mental health problems / health problems and look at how they can help them, some psychologists do work with criminals, some work with companies and organisations, some work in education, some work with sports men and women, some work in disaster zones, some work with astronauts….
      I hope that helps a bit?

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      Wilhelmiina Toivo answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      There are a lot of different types of psychologists – some of us work in research studying human behaviour, some work in clinical psychology helping people with mental health problems, some work in forensic psychology with courts or the police, some work in educational psychology with schools…

      A psychologist doing research(this is what I’m doing) would typically design and run experiments, write journal papers about their research, go to conferences to present their findings, teach, and inform the media/general public/policy-makers about their research and how it can be useful to other people 🙂

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      Andrew Jones answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      It is such a massive area. Many psychologists study many different things. Many also are biologists, psychiatrists, doctors etc. This is because it is the study of the human experience (as Mary says) which is something we can relate to on many different levels.