Most inhabitants of the Space Coast do not consider “snow birds”, people that live somewhere else and come to the beach when their home becomes too cold, as residents. I have always wondered what makes members of a group, such as Space Coast residents, disconnect themselves from outsiders. Even psychologists use cultural imperatives to keep unwanted or unqualified people out of the psychological community. The research in the psychological field covers a vast array of disciplines and takes a post-graduate education. Psychologists use cultural imperatives to vet the psychological community and outline the manner in which new research becomes knowledge. I will begin by discussing the origin of psychology and psychology’s growth over time.
The practice of researching human behavior, which dates back to most ancient civilizations, has become better understood and more effective over time. This research led to modern psychology and has become increasingly broad since the first notion that one person could observe and measure the reasoning behind another person’s actions. Researchers in the field can study psychology as a whole or one of the various sub-disciplines that psychology breaks down into. These sub-disciplines range from the psychology of learning to fringe theoretical psychology. The men and women who conduct studies in the psychological field, referred to as psychologists, continue research in their sub-disciplines to add to the knowledge of the community. Psychologists focus on the study of the mind while clinicians treat individuals that suffer from psychological disorders. Now that I have covered psychology’s growth, I will move on to the ways that psychology currently impacts the world.
The psychological community tends to receive the progression of science into the field in various different ways. In the article “The Next Big Questions in Psychology,” David Funder discusses the ways research can evolve from historical practices. Perhaps that way of looking at the established guidelines for psychological research prompted some clinicians to question the integrity of new research. In an October 2009 publication of Newsweek Magazine, Sharon Begley points out an apparent bias toward the old practices that may not work as well as new treatments backed by scientific research. In the article “Hugo Münsterberg's Attack on the Application of Scientific Psychology,” Ludy Benjamin illustrates that the argument between psychological researchers and clinicians dates back to the study’s beginning. While some psychologists attempt to hang on to the past, others have begun to look into the possible applications of new theories.
In “Applying the Psychology of Science to the Science of Psychology,” Dean Simonton provides examples of ways modern science, when applied to psychology, can change ancient findings. Simonton, in “Evolutionary Psychology: Controversies, Questions, Prospects, and Limitations,” seems to believe that the research ideas in...