Application to the Psychology Major: Directions to Student


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Section 1: Fields related to human behavior

Many people are drawn to Psychology because of a desire to help others, or to understand why people act as they do. The American Psychological Association defines Psychology as “the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged“ (www.apa.org/about/). There are, however, other fields that deal with the nature of human behavior, and these might also be of interest to you:



Sociology: Sociology is the study of how people arrange their lives as members of groups, and how those arrangements in turn shape how people in the groups think, feel, and behave. Sociologists use terms like “social context,” “the architecture of daily life,” and “social structure” to talk about these arrangements, and different societies around the world arrange life differently. Some examples? Think of all the different ways you have heard people around the world define family, or carry out worship of a higher power, or none (Sharkey, 2008).




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