Key Areas of Psychological Research
Psychology is a very interesting subject as it provides a framework for analyzing the behaviors and motivations of people around me. Through Kalat’s (2008) Introduction to Psychology, I was able to understand psychology and how it affects me and the people around. There are several key areas of psychological research that are interesting for me. Such areas can also be an important factor on how I could better practice the discipline of psychology.
1. As the field of Psychology continues to develop, new methods and strategies will have to be devised to gather information and data concerning the theory and practice of Psychology. Particularly, I am interested at the impact of the information and communication technology in this area.
2. Another important factor in the Psychology is the continuous debate concerning nature versus nurture. This debate already seems passé but as scientific theories of the brain and behavior turn up, there is a fairly good chance that the debate will still grow stronger instead of fading into the background.
3. Philosophy will continue to influence psychology in a profound way, especially now that postmodernism seems to be the dominant worldview. How would psychologists in the future deal with the processing of sensory perceptions and their interpretations?
4. Postmodernism, no matter how many thinkers criticize it is here to stay. It will cast its shadow on the findings of psychology and it will be a contest on the reliability and the universal applicability of psychological principles, theories, and prescriptions.
5. Dreams and other subconscious manifestations will also be the continuous interest of psychologists. Practitioners will continue to delve into this with particular care that they do not become part of the occult but that the scientific process and rigor will still be protected.
6. In the sub-discipline of behaviorism, psychological research will progress in both formal and informal learning situations. As such, psychologists will be caught in the heat of the social and individual processes that influence behaviors.
7. As the population of developed countries age, psychology will deal with the issue of memory loss. Even young adults and middle-aged individuals now experience memory loss, albeit temporarily because of the demands of work and stress. Surely, research in this area will proceed significantly.
8. Globalization is bringing the world closer together. Language will be an important aspect of psychological research and its impact on people from various culture. The thought processes in relation to the educational system will be a specific concern of psychologists.
9. Emotions and social interactions are of endless interest to psychological researchers. Given the innovations in work arrangements, the use of the Internet and of various technologies, psychologists will be hard-pressed in studying the impacts of these on emotions and social interactions.
10. With increasing violence, especially among teens and young people in the United States, psychologists will be tasked to study aggression and how young people are dealing with their rage and their anger. These issues and concerns are but a few of the areas of research that psychologists will engage in the next few years.
Kalat, J.W. (2008). Introduction to Psychology (8th ed.). New York: Wadsworth Pub.