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Research Psychologists, also known as experimental psychologists, study the behavior of both humans and animals. They change variables within a laboratory setting to study how a person or animal reacts to or behaves in certain situations. These are the researchers studying the effects of variables on animals, such as mice, rats and monkeys.

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Major areas of study include learning and memory, attention, motivation, effects of substance abuse, and genetic factors affecting behavior. They typically work in universities and private research centers for businesses, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. There are even research psychologists employed in engineering firms, manufacturing settings and zoos!


What are the Responsibilities for Someone Working in Research Psychology Jobs?

Research Psychology focuses on expanding understanding of how and why people think, feel, and behave. They use scientific methods as well as experimental techniques to examine basic human behavior and complex social relationships. They also examine how short- and long-term memory works, neurological foundations of addictions, emotional gratifications of specific actions, and all other aspects of human and animal behavior.
Research Psychology starts with the selection of a topic of study, such as prejudice, personal perception, social constructs such as control or cults, nonverbal communication and many other specific topics. They collect information through observation, surveys, and interviews and administer personality, aptitude or intelligence tests.

Where do Professionals in Research Psychology Work?

Research Psychologists work in varied settings. They commonly work in an academic setting, but also work in laboratories and do field work. They work at universities, for private research organizations, and for governments. Some work independently while many work collaboratively with national or global teams.
Research Psychologists work for the military studying post traumatic stress disorder, depression and other issues affecting deployed servicemen and women. They perform medical, alcohol and drug use research; evaluate nutritional issues such as anorexia and other eating disorders, and research the cause and effect of specific human behavior.


What Skills are Required in Research Psychology?

Research Psychologists require strong analytical skills. They must be able to work with raw data and numbers and be willing and able to delineate abstract information to draw logical conclusions about relevance. They need keen observation skills and strong judgement and decision-making skills. They should possess critical thinking skills and have proficiency evaluating programs, statistics and research design. Research Psychologists should hone their cognitive skills, being able to use strong perception and reasoning abilities. They must learn the ability of objectivity in order to dispassionately document data and findings.


How Much Money Can You Make in Research Psychology?

Research Psychologists currently earn a median salary of $73,000. That salary varies widely by industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs in the category of “all other,” which includes Research Psychology, will increase more than 10% from now through 2022. Research Psychologists working in education services earn $90,000 annually and those who work for the military earn $80,000 per year. Those who work at hospitals earn $84,000 each year while those working in pharmaceuticals earn $90,000 annually. Research Psychologists working as market analysts earn $61,000 and those who specialize in experimental psychology earn an annual salary of $69,000.

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Research Assistant Virginia Tech Roanoke Area, Virginia US 08/07/2020
Job DescriptionA full-time research assistant (junior data analyst) is sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu and Dr. Brooks King-Casas at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion ( Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (current projects have ... More
Lecturer Pool - Psychology Central Washington University Ellensburg;Des Moines;Lynnwood;Moses Lake;Pierce County;Wenatchee;Yakima, Other / Non-US US 08/03/2020
Job SummaryThe Psychology Department at CWU is accepting applications to fill current and future full-time, part-time, quarterly and annual appointment lecturer positions to teach classes in the courses/subject areas listed below. This list is not all inclusive: other courses/subject areas may become available within the department. Instructors for on-line classes are also needed. - General psychology- Lifespan development- Abnormal Psychology- Research Methods- ... More
Research Chair in Forensic Mental Health Science Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care Penetanguishene, Ontario CA 07/22/2020
Position Title: Research Chair in Forensic Mental Health ScienceJob Class: Under Review Dept/Program: Research & Academics Employee Group: Non-Union Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 5 year term Posting Date: July 22, 2020 Work Schedule: 37.50 hours ... More
Assistant Professor California State University, East Bay Hayward, California US 07/02/2020
California State University, East BayThe Department of Psychologyinvites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin Fall 2021 with expertise in personality (Position No. 00006247).Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Psychology or a related field (or foreign equivalent) and a record of peer-reviewed publications in personality.Also, having expertise in measurement is desirable. Duties include teaching undergraduate lecture ... More
FACULTY (ADJUNCT) - PSYCHOLOGY Santa Rosa Junior College Sonoma County, California US 06/06/2020
Description ADJUNCT POOL DESCRIPTION :Santa Rosa Junior College is currently accepting applications to establish a pool for adjunct teaching assignments. Adjunct teaching assignments may be temporary, part-time and/or on-call and may be immediate or as needed.This job posting is not for a specific assignment or for a full-time faculty position.Candidates selected for the pool and offered an assignment must be located ... More
Solar Energy Innovators Program Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Eduaction Various US 12/19/2019
Opportunity in Solar Energy Innovation with U.S. Department of Energy The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is currently accepting applications for the Solar Energy Innovators Program with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply TODAY. What will you be learning? As an Innovator in the Solar Energy Innovators Program, you will get to conduct practical research ... More
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