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PSYCHOLOGY


INTRODUCTION

Psychology was one career (amongst many) that I considered pursuing at the time that I left school. Some years later I went to a party thrown by a bunch of psychology students - there were pictures of them naked (male and female) hanging around the walls, wild music playing, sex and drug-taking and maybe some things I didn't notice. Perhaps I'd chosen the wrong career, after all.

Twenty years of casual study of the subject has confirmed both the possibilities and limits of this science. As to exactly what psychology is, let me quote from a now forgotten Psychology Department (somewhere in one of the following links) about the subject: rubik

'Psychology is the study of human and animal behaviour. It is a wide subject that ranges from, on the one hand, a strictly quantitative and scientific approach to, on the other, a more qualitative and personal approach. It also ranges from the strongly theoretical to the eminently practical. All of these approaches are represented in the Psychology Department. Modern psychologists base their theories on observable and repeatable behavioural data, ranging from counts of simple behaviours in animals to verbal reports of emotions and feelings in humans. Thus, practical work in the laboratory or field is an essential part of an education in psychology. Graduates should be able to design, conduct, analyze, and report their own studies, to have a good understanding of current research literature, and to interact fruitfully and sensitively with all people in professional settings.

The aspects of basic and applied psychology that are offered in courses in the department include cognitive science, neuroscience, sensory psychophysics, human and animal learning, social psychology, clinical psychology, cultural psychology, learning disabilities, ergonomics, and developmental psychology. Valuable supporting subjects include such science-based subjects as mathematics, computer science, physiology, zoology, physics, and arts subjects such as anthropology, linguistics, education and sociology'.

I'll have to remember all that, the next time I see the ads for the sex instruction manuals at the back of 'Psychology Today'.

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