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Last reply by: Professor Charles Schallhorn
Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:24 PM

Post by Yizhuo Shao on March 31, 2014

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Subfields in Psychology

  • Psychology is multifaceted
  • Basic research is pure science that aims to increase the scientific knowledge base.
  • Applied research is the scientific study that aims to solve practical problems.
  • There are more than 50 different divisions with the American Psychological Association that demonstrates this diversity
  • Psychometrics: the scientific study of the measurement of human abilities, attitudes, and traits
  • Developmental Psychology is the scientific study of physical, cognitive, and social change throughout the life span
  • Educational Psychology is the study of how psychological processes affect and can enhance teaching and learning
  • Personality Psychology is the study of an individual’s characteristic pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting—the study of the person, the whole human individual
  • Social Psychology is the scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another
  • Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychology is the application of psychological concepts and methods to optimizing human behavior in workplaces
  • Counseling Psychology is a branch of psychology that assists people with problems in living (often related to school, work, and marriage) and in achieving greater well-being
  • Clinical Psychology is a branch of psychology that studies, assesses, and treats people with psychological disorders.
  • Psychiatry is a branch of medicine dealing with psychological disorders; practiced by physicians who often provide medical (for example, drug) treatments as well as psychological therapy.

Subfields in Psychology

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  1. Intro
    • Psychology Has Many Facets
    • Psychology Has Many Facets
    • Divisions of the APA
      • Psychometrics
      • Developmental
      • Educational
      • Personality
      • Social Psychology
      • Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology
      • Human Factors
      • Counseling Psychology
      • Clinical Psychology
      • Psychiatry
      • Review
      • Intro 0:00
      • Psychology Has Many Facets 0:09
        • Basic Research Aims to Increase Scientific Knowledge Base -- Pure Science
        • Ex: How Do Hormones Affect Each Other in Reaction to Eating and Sleeping?
        • Applied Research Aims to Solve Practical Problems
        • Ex: Why Has Motivation Decreased Among Public School Teachers?
        • Ex: Military Research on How to Increase Soldier Effectiveness by Reducing Need for Sleep
      • Psychology Has Many Facets 1:37
        • Biggest Group in Psychology is the American Psychological Association
        • APA Website Reflects the Many Fields within the APA Itself
        • Reflects on the History of Psychology
        • Reflects on Diversity of Psychological Offerings
      • Divisions of the APA 2:11
      • Psychometrics 4:10
        • Scientific Study of the Measurement of Human Abilities, Attitudes, and Traits
        • Uses Psychological Tests
        • Often Used in Special Education
      • Developmental 5:09
        • Study of Physical, Cognitive, and Social Changes Through Life
        • Divides Lifespan Into Seven Phases
      • Educational 5:36
        • Studies How Psychological Processes Affect and Enhance Teaching and Learning
      • Personality 6:32
        • Studies the Individual Characteristic Patterns of Thinking, Feeling, and Acting -- Looks at the Whole Human Individual
        • Most Philosophical of all Subfields -- How Did We Get That Way? Why Are We This Way?
        • Examines patterns of Emotions, Motivation, Temperament, Learning, Growth, and Development
        • Seeks to Understand What Personality Is, How it Develops, and How Stable it is Over Time
      • Social Psychology 7:37
        • Studies How We Think About, Influence, and Relate to Each Other
        • Incredibly Diverse Subfield
        • Examples of Social Psychologists Zimbardo, Asch, Lewin, and Milgram
        • Most Infamous Field in Psychology Due to Zimbardo's Research (Stanford Prison Experiment) and Milgram's Study of Obedience to Authority
        • Also Studies Concepts of Love and Attraction, and Helping Behaviors
      • Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology 9:26
        • Application of Psychological Concepts and Methods to Optimize Human Behavior in the Workplace
        • Studies Workplace Satisfaction
        • Studies Incentives and Motivation
        • Ex: Consultant Character in the Movie Office Space
      • Human Factors 10:22
        • Study of How People and Machines Interact With Each Other Resulting in the Design of Machines and Environments
        • How to Design Products and Tools to Make Them Easier and Safer to Use
        • Products Designed With Users in Mind
        • Strives to Make Technology Adapt to Humans, Not Other Way Around
        • Ex: Design of Cars, Phones, Video Game Controllers, Websites, etc.
        • Can be Applied to Many Far Reaching Disciplines Like Medicine, Design, Architecture, and Engineering
      • Counseling Psychology 12:32
        • Assists People With Problems In Living (Related to School, Work, Marriage, etc.) and in Achieving Greater Sense of Well-Being
        • Subfield Most People Think of When They Think of the Word Psychology
        • Therapy -- Problems and Growth
        • Requires at Least a Master's Degree to Practice Counseling Psychology
        • Many Counselors Can Be Found in Schools as Academic Advisors and Crisis Counselors
        • In Some Aspects, Quite Similar to Social Work
      • Clinical Psychology 14:12
        • Studies, Assesses, and Treats People With Psychological Disorders
        • Deals With More Serious Disorders (Ex: Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder)
        • Found Working in Private Practices, Hospitals, and Universities
        • Requires a Ph.D. to Enter Field
      • Psychiatry 17:06
        • Branch of Medicine Dealing With Psychological Disorders, Practiced by Physicians Who Often Provide Medical Treatment as Well as Psychological Therapy
        • Requires an MD License
        • Able to Prescribe Drugs
      • Review 17:59
        • Which Kind of Psychology Deals With…