Usefulness of research in psychology
- Psychologists acquire additional knowledge on how to handle people effectively through extensive research (Dunn, 2015).
- This explains how useful research in psychology is in the real world.
- Both basic and applied research are useful in psychology.
Careers in psychology that use scientific research
The following careers in psychology use scientific research;
- Psychopathology or abnormal psychology: uses scientific research to find out the factors that influence the development of clinical disorders.
- Experimental psychology: uses scientific research to examine the basic functions of the mind and brain such as motor control, memory, cognition, and perception (Dunn, 2015).
- Consumer psychology: uses scientific research to advance the knowledge and principles necessary for the development of consumer products (Dunn, 2015)
- Forensic psychology: applies scientific research in examining the origin and impacts of criminal behavior
- Other careers in psychology that use scientific research include Developmental psychology, Health psychology, Cultural psychology, and Educational psychology (Dunn, 2015).
- The best example that demonstrates the usefulness of scientific research in psychology is a study conducted by Cherkasova et al. (2013).
- In this article, the authors have uses scientific research to investigate the developmental course and predictors of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
- Knowledge acquired from such a study is largely used by psychopathologists.
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