Psychology | The science of thinking
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour: how we think, how we act, how we react and interact, both individually and as groups.
When you think of psychology like this, it becomes clear how broad an area it is and is one that has a direct impact on our everyday life. In fact, you probably spend time thinking about psychological questions without even realising it.
Here are some of the issues we address on the course:
- What factors influence the accuracy of eyewitness memory?
- How do children learn to read and what will help them to do this?
- What influences decisions to exercise and eat healthily?
- How can we reduce prejudice and discrimination?
- What are the long-term psychological consequences of drug use?
Such a wide range of topics and areas makes the study of psychology interesting and topical. What’s more, it means that graduates have a wealth of career options available to them including clinical psychology, prison psychology and child psychology.
But there are a great deal of other careers open to psychology graduates including careers advice, social work, journalism, human resources management, teaching and police work. The British Psychological Society offers more information on careers for psychologists.