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What are some fields that psychology currently study on?

Since I'm going to be majoring #psychology in college, what are some fields of study in psychology to look forward to? Just wondering. #college #college-major

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Emily’s Answer

Hi,
There are multiple fields of study in psychology. Are you referring to jobs that you can do with a psychology major? If so, these are the ones that I know.
1. school psychologist
2. licensed professional counselor
3. school counselor
4. Industrial and organizational psychology
5. Human Resources
6. clinical psychology
7. Licensed Clinical Social Workers
8. marriage and family psychology
There is so many more and you might have to minor in something while majoring in psychology.
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Priya’s Answer

Hi Kailun,
I am unsure if you mean what kind of classes you can look forward to, or broader areas of study, but to address a bit of both:
In my university we had classes addressing Personality, Perception, Memory, Developmental Psychology, Psychometric Measures and Assessments, Death and Dying, Abnormal Psychology (more on disorders), Women Studies, etc. Even as I look at my alma mater's course catalog, I see they also added Addictions, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Biological Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, Social Psychology and Positive Psychology. Almost all of these are fields onto themselves within Psychology =) (Social, Industrial, Addictions, Personality, etc.) Check out your course catalog for what kind of areas that your school offers and pick some of interest to you. In terms of research, many of these areas have research in each of these aspects. Personally, I really loved Perception, Abnormal Psychology, and Personality =).
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Jillian’s Answer

Personally I'm very into social psychology and applied psychology!

For social psychology, you'll learn about how humans interact with one another, cooperate, make decisions, and more.

Applied psychology is a bit broad, but it includes things like behavioral economics/behavioral science. In this area, you'd learn about how humans are irrational and how our minds sometimes trick us. You'll learn how we can overcome our biases and "blind spots", and how we can apply psychology to solve problems and make the world better (or sometimes, worse). I find this to be the most exciting area, maybe you will too.

Psychology is so broad, there's much to study beyond the typical clinical and cognitive classes. Good luck!
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Sarah’s Answer

Hi Kailun,

Psychologists are currently studying a ton of interesting things that they will be excited to share with you in courses! Your cognitive psychology courses will likely cover topics like motivation, decision making, perception, and attention. In social psychology courses, you will hear from scientists who study topics like social influence, interpersonal relationships, and group behavior. Your first few courses will likely be extremely broad (e.g. all of cognitive psychology) to give you a taste of the disciple. As you advance, the subjects will become more focused on one topic (e.g. you might have a whole semester on memory). I especially enjoyed teaching intensive courses on Learning Theory. Psychologists have discovered a great deal about how people learn, and you can take that knowledge into your other classes to improve your own learning.
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