My high school psychology course intrigued my desire to pursue psychology in college and the courses offered at State University furthermore solidified my interest to continue in this field. I took a particular interest in theories of personality and upon completing cognitive psychology, I wish to obtain a clinical neuropsychology certificate in conjunction with a doctor of psychology in clinical psychology. Throughout my work experience in a market research phone room center, I have encountered many personalities and had the ability to observe how their social contexts has shaped and affected each individual. I am interested in learning and obtaining a better understanding of how various social factors affect individuals. As a part of my undergraduate work, I conducted an independent research project examining trust and attachment style as possible factors that influence conflict resolution.
I hold a Master’s in Clinical Art Therapy from NYU. It was through that program, which provided me with the opportunity to determine what I needed to further learn, that my intention of returning to attain a PhD in Clinical Psychology was crystallized. As an undergraduate at Hunter College, I majored in psychology and religion, and minored in philosophy. Human psyche and behavior had always been my primary interest, and this focus quickly grew into a passion for psychology as I learned the complexities of human development in courses such as Personality Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Social Psychology. Likewise, I received a foundation for research in the courses Research Methods and Statistics, Psychological Testing, and Statistics for Psychology.
Dr. McGee supervised my research involving incarcerated women and their relationships with their children, as well as effective programs provided to them as resources upon release. Under the supervision of Dr. Baker, I studied African American academic achievement, depression and stressors that affect academic conscientiousness in freshmen. Additional resear... ... middle of paper ... ...nality. Concomitantly, I am seeking the academic guidance of the professors focusing on some aspect of one or more of these elements. The following professors are conducting research that matches my pivotal areas of interest, Dr. Anne Bogat and Dr. Christopher Hopwood.
My interest in human behavior and the underlying thought processes that motivate behavior began as a young child. My family moved frequently when I was growing up and as a result I attended many different schools. While this was not always an easy process, it provided me the opportunity to not only meet many different types of people, but to witness the complex interplay between unique personalities and varying social contexts that influence an individual’s behavior and thought processes. Despite my lifelong interest in psychology, I began my undergraduate career as an adult student and single parent with the intent of pursuing a degree in business administration. I felt that this path made logical sense considering my work history and background, however in my first semester I was fortunate enough to take an introduction to psychology course that rekindled my passion for the subject.
Throughout this course, topics such as the transition from high school to college, learning skills, self-discovery, and career exploration have been discussed. Conversations occurred concerning the challenges and benefits of private and public colleges as well as the transition from high school to college. We also talked about our strengths and weaknesses while studying. Finally we talked about the jobs that we wanted, and the jobs we would be good at. During the rest of this paper, I will go into more detail about the topics we discussed; and go more in detail with what I learned.
in General Psychology at this time, I do have specific goals for my future. I hope to continue my education past the M.A. and receive a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, counseling individuals and eventually acquiring a teaching position with a college or university. I am currently doing research in the area of Cognitive Psychology with Dr. Jack Yates, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, University of Northern Iowa. This research is related to how people conceptualize concrete and abstract terms, but my research interests vary widely.
I have always been fascinated by human behavior. Growing up, I poured over books where I strongly empathized with the characters and analyzed their choices, attempting to gain an insight into why humans behave the way they do. The household I grew up in was particularly oriented towards logic and reason, but my empathy towards others was always encouraged by my family. When I went to college, I weighed my options shrewdly. I picked a major that would simultaneously spark my interest, as well as lead to a career that would fill me with a sense of purpose: psychology.
In psychology, the roots of structuralism, behaviorism, and cognitivism have significantly impacted its methods of critical thinking to analyze data. Structuralism focuses on introspection of conscious experiences, behaviorism is associated with the principles of learning, and cognitivism is defined through mental processes. Structuralism can also be perceived as the study of inputs, whereas behaviorism is outputs and cognitivism makes connections with both factors. Although these perspectives differ and have slightly diminished over the years, they have marked an everlasting influence on psychology today to help it evolve over time. To analyze Jake’s situation with his advanced college classes, these three perspectives will all differ in
I believe through continuing my studies at a University level, I will be able to reach my goal of becoming a Psychologist and helping people on a larger scale. I am currently studying HND Social Sciences, which involves all the Social Science subjects, but the one subject that interests me most is Psychology. It has always been what I saw myself doing at University, right from when I passed my first class in Psychology. I am fascinated with the numerous Psychology studies that have taken place and how
The reflective model I shall be identifying my learning development needs with is, Gibbs (1988). Description Previously, before accepting my position on the primary and early years course, I was an aspiring social work student. Due to personal circumstances early this year, I made a difficult decision in changing courses to pursue a career that would be more beneficial and centred around my positive attributes. I was worried that I was not academically capable of becoming a primary school teacher. Up until this point, my new learning journey at the university of Huddersfield has encountered a range of academics in the education sector, core curriculum knowledge, learning style questionnaires and also an academic integrity test.