Jun 042014

Question by Loves her PFC: 10pts easy, AP Psychology: sensation, perception and consciousness?
who all was involved in discovering/making advances in the study of sensation, perception, and consciousness?

i have looked on wikipedia and google… 10 pts to anyone who has a good answer.

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Answer by laholly1
WOW! You are tackling a topic that has recently become enormously controversial. The cutting edge in mind/body conversations swirls around the rather defensible arguments (Dennett and others) that there is NO CONSCIOUSNESS. I have been grappling with this concept on an online discussion group recently. How can it be that there is no self that thinks, perceives, believes, has a sense of its “self?” But this is the current discussion, and you really will be eons ahead of your classmates and probably your teacher if you have some of this information to contribute.

Read this: (it’s in Time magazine, so it’s readable–not overly esoteric)


Go to this page and click on
A Universe of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination


And this is a must for you


Here is a good timeline


and this…click on the first link and read about sensation and perception


That should give you a good start. If you need more information, go to


and read posts 143 to 160 for an interesting exchange of ideas

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Mar 262014

Question by emma: can i do major in psychology then do further studies in neuroscience? Is that possible?
i am currently doing major in neuroscience but i am quite confused about it. i haven’t really decided about it yet. So i am wondering if i could do major in psychology then do further studies in neuroscience because i think that both are quite related. Can you share me your experience or knowledge on this?

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Answer by Amanda
Yes, I know someone who majored in Neuroscience, minored in psych.

I wouldn’t though..enough people are psych majors. Actually, there’s a lot of neuroscience majors too…

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Feb 252014

Question by Beth: Forensic Science degree program, with Masters in Forensic Psychology?
Since I do not have a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice (my B.S. degree is in Business) I am hoping a few people with experience in teaching Criminal Justice at the undergraduate or graduate level can help me.

I desire to go into Forensic Psychology at the Masters level. I may need to take a few lower level classes in psychology since I’ve been a business major for the last 7 years.

However, If I go into Forensic Science at the PhD level, what will I need to do (as in classes) to better prepare myself (after I attain my Masters)? I know that the psychology would help me.

Would a certain class in math help, perhaps calculus? Would taking physics or chemistry be a requirement to obtain a undergraduate degree in Forensic Science?

(If physics or chemistry is requirement at the undergraduate level, I better take it now).

My mind works in details and I know that I know that I know that I want to do investigative work. I analyze like crazy. Any information would help greatly.
Tink, thanks so much. Randy C, you put a lot of time in for those degrees. I did find out that,

“People interested in careers as science technicians (such as forensic scientists) should [take/have] a background in applied chemistry, physics, and math is vital.” Got this from http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos115.htm

I guess I better take a few classes in chemistry and physics. I do not want to wait to take these later. The good thing about this is

“Jobs for forensic science technicians are expected to increase much faster than the average.” from http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos115.htm

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Answer by Tink
If you want to do forensic psych you better go for a PhD.
A masters will get you nothing. Its the consolation prize for not kjumping for the ring…and people in the field know that its practically worthless.

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Feb 072014

Question by A: Counseling psychology, Clinical psychology, Biopsychology, neuropsychology, behavioral neuroscience?
Which are bachelors degrees? Which are masters degrees? Which are doctoral degrees?

What is the difference between them all? What would I most likely be doing with this degree? Which are the most difficult to get a job with? Which are valued higher? What would be the best fit for me? Do I need to meet any other requirements, like licensing, maintaining licensing, conferences, workshops?

What schools offer these programs? What schools offer the best of these programs?

I’m interested in animals, traveling, photography, quantum physics & the brain, holistic medicines & how they work for mental health, nutrition & mental health, how medicine affects the body through the brain.

I’ve been looking up information for a few years now and can’t figure out what to do, so personal experience would be appreciated also. Thank you.

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Answer by Devin
If you want to work in the psychology field, you need to get a graduate degree (masters or doctorate). Your undergraduate degree will be something like an BS or BA in psychology. Biopsychology and neuroscience can also be an undergraduate degrees, but you still need a graduate degree to get a job. Almost all schools offer a psychology undergraduate and some psychology graduate degrees.

It is HIGHLY recommended to do a dual major with psychology in something you can actually get a job in after your undergraduate. You can not get a job with an undergraduate psych degree, so graduate schools are flooded with applicants and most people are rejected.

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Feb 052014

Question by Me Me: Suggestions for pop psychology or neuroscience reading?
I just finished reading ‘Stumbling on Happiness’ (Gilbert) and ‘The man who mistook his wife for a hat’ (Sacks). They were so fascinating! What should I read next?

(I don’t have a psychology or neuroscience background, just interested in thinking about thinking)

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Answer by Mari du Ciel
Horton Hears a Who
Dr. Suess?

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Jan 212014

Question by David L: Psychology; is religion a disease of the mind?
I’m an undergraduate in Pyschology. Religion and the human brain has always intrigue me. What does religion play in the development of personality and character?
When some believers had some mystic “fly out of the body” or ” getting high” experience, is there any scientific evidence to show this. Is it some neuro-disorder or mental instability?

From my weekly observation of charismatic christians, they seemed to be in a state of euphoria with the loud/rock music. The music gets ever louder, and it seems that more rock, more of that “opmh” in the music is needed to drive them; sounds like a building of tolerance to stimulants, with a vague similarity to people taking drugs.

And religious fanaticism; i compared it to alocholism. We know that alocholism is an abuse of alcohol. Religious fanaticism is basically an abuse of religion, to justify one’s actions and criminal behaviour with God’s or a higher being’s acceptance.

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Answer by Osiris
What an earth are you talking about…i think you need to see a shrink maybe.

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Nov 292013

Question by auggie33: what can i do with a degree in cognitive psychology?
i am a 2nd year cognitive psych major with interest in cognitive neuroscience. what can i do with a degree in cog psych? what options will there be for me in the future and what career options will be available to me? i ve done a lot of research concerning this topic but i want to hear other peoples advice. thanks!

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Answer by Bob Signy
go to this link or type in cognitive psychology. http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/f/cogpsych.htm

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Jul 132013

Question by Nikki: Is it a good idea to double major in Biology and Psychology?
If you want to go to grad school for neuroscience

I had no idea what I wanted to do for the first two years I was in college, and I basically just took a lot of liberal arts subjects that I was interested in. I’m a junior now, and I will be a 5-year student no matter what if I do this.

Is this a terrible idea or a good one?
My university doesn’t offer the neuroscience major, unfortunately.

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Answer by Vlad
For a career in Neuroscience it is definitely a good idea.

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Apr 302013

Question by African Stig: Is it easy to major in psychology and complete all premedical coursework with ease?
Like can I get a 4.0 for admission into medical school?

I’m also interested in neuroscience. Can I get a high A-average if I’m interested enough to study alot?

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Answer by Gone like the winds
not really.

For Med school requisites, everyone takes the same requisite classes.

1 year of Biology
2year of Chemistry
1year of Physics
1year of English
1year of Math

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Apr 262013

Question by Keke: What are the best classes to take as a Psychology major?
I am already a semester ahead in college and I am a 2nd year college student. I wanted to know what classes I should take to be very competitive when I apply to grad school like Stanford/ Berkeley competitive. Im thinking of taking different languages [Spanish, French, Italian] and Philosophy during the summer. So other than the usual abnormal, cognitive, social, and neuroscience classes that are already required what classes or even experience should I take before I graduate?

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Answer by black balloon.
First off make sure you take clases in every field: In addition to the ones you mentioned try for some educational psych, counseling psych, personality psych, developmental psych, as many as you can. Also, it is very important that you take at least a semester each of biology, statistics and research methods/experimental psych.

But what’s going to be even more important for you is research/work experience. If you are going to grad school for clinical make SURE you get involved in some kind of research lab, preferably through a professor so they can write you a letter of recc. If you are going for counseling research will still be extremely important but you should see if there are any jobs or internships available in the field too. But for grad school, research will be what sets you apart from the other applicants. Good luck!

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