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Questions in relation to Psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context.

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How to get work done whilst feeling crippling shame?

In academic work, when we are writing or have written a paper for example, there might be strong feelings of shame about the work done or to be done. These feelings can get in the way of finishing or ...
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Should I cite all R packages I used?

Intro: R is a open-source software tool for statistical analyses and graphics, which is heavily used in different science disciplines and which is becoming more and more popular (although it is ...
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Examples of harmless mistakes (on purpose) in submitted papers [closed]

Some paper reviewers feel the pressure to criticize something in order to appear competent. Sometimes they feel this pressure due to huge blank form fields for criticism in the reviewing system. As a ...
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What constitutes a declarable conflict of interest in gender studies?

From Wikipedia: A conflict of interest (COI) is a situation in which a person or organization is involved in multiple interests, financial interest, or otherwise, one of which could possibly ...
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Can a professor require that I collect personal data from family members for an assignment?

I have an assignment for a psychology class that is "requiring" me to contact dozens of family members to find out their traits and what health conditions they may have. Truth is, I don't have the ...
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Correlation between personality type (MBTI or other) and success in academia?

When you meet new people entering the world of academic research, it is often tempting to try and guess what “sort” of researcher they'll be, based on their personality, character, known qualities, ...
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What do I do when my TA workload is more than expected?

Last year I was offered full funding for my PhD program to TA two courses a semester for the duration of my program (education psychology). Key words, Teaching Assistant. I expected this to mean I ...
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My PhD supervisor is indicating that I should leave my PhD due to health issues impacting my progress. What do you think?

I am a part-time psychology PhD student. In the first 12 months of my PhD, I have fully drafted a systematic review for publication and written my confirmation document, which is approximately 14k ...
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How can I assess the quality of a paper outside my field?

As per the title, I would like to determine whether a paper cited by a student comes from a reputable source or not, given that the paper's content lies outside my field. My first thought was to check ...
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Why are PhDs without publications seen as questionable? Does this also apply to PhDs who don't secure external grants and/or fellowships?

I'm a 4th year PhD student in Experimental Psychology who should be graduating sometime in May 2024. I'm graduating from an R2 in a rural area of Michigan that recently suspended admissions for their ...
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How normal is it to have published as an undergraduate?

I’m currently in the first semester of MSc of psychology in a university in Germany and we got a lecturer from a university abroad who wanted to know what we had published. To his surprise, none of us ...
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Should I censor a vulgar word in my psychology paper? [duplicate]

I have to use the word "c-nt" in a psychology paper on video games and childhood aggression. One of the essay prompts specifically asks about profanity, and so the vulgarity of this word is ...
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Coming back to finish my PhD after 4 years

Four years ago, I withdrew from my Ph.D. program for several reasons. I had passed all exams and only needed to write and present my disertation, I had a 4.0 GPA, several publications under my belt ...
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Program where I earned my Master's is changing its name in 2023-2024. Does this change how I list it on my CV?

I am a soon-to-be fourth-year doctoral candidate in Applied Experimental Psychology who earned my Master's in Experimental Psychology back in December 2020. I recently viewed my master's program's ...
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Can I keep my full-time job while I pursue a PhD in Psychology, and if so, for how long?

I have read this question posed a lot for math and science doctoral degree, but my question pertains to pursuing a social sciences doctoral degree. I'm currently working as a Management Analyst in ...
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Can I conduct psychology research involving my restaurant customers without their explicit consent?

I will be working as a waiter to make extra money, but I am also an ardent academic. I want to know if I can make audio and/or visual recordings of interactions with customers without having them sign ...
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How can people with debilitating social phobias get through foreign language? [closed]

I almost didn't get my BS degree because I have never successfully tolerated a foreign language course. My most recent attempt was no exception. I paced about in front of the building trying ...
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Are programmers usually included as co-authors in psychology?

I work as a programmer supporting a psychology lab. Most of my work is translating some paper-based or physical assessment into a computer-based equivalent or I create programs for novel assessments ...
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Is there a way out of losing interest in science during a PhD?

My concern is that I completely lost interest in science over the past few months, however, I am still towards the end of my first year of my PhD studies. I will offer some background: I have always ...
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Has the relation with students changed significantly in the last 20+ years?

I left academia 20+ years ago but I am closely following SE Academia (mostly because it is interesting and gives a different perspective from industry). I noticed several questions regarding the "...
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Why is it extremely difficult for me to concentrate, and why do I yawn repeatedly? [closed]

Whenever I'm attending a class or even watching an educational video on internet (mainly any educational activity where I'm required to focus), I keep yawning constantly and all the time (I didn't ...
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How does one politely request an instrument from a researcher?

I have just discovered that the (psychological) instrument I've been reading up on for my research team has never been, itself, published, though research into its validity and reliability etc has ...
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Alleviating Dunning-Kruger effect without running into impostor syndrome

This is a question generally in decision making. Is a balance between the Dunning-Kruger effect and the impostor syndrome possible for students? As a student one is generally graded on a regular ...
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Is it possible to retract an acceptance for a full time lecturer position?

I'm a 4-year (most likely 4.5-year) experimental psychology PhD student who just got an offer to be a visiting lecturer at a regional branch of a major university in the United States. They gave me ...
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New faculty. Already lagging on responsibilities bad. Any advice on coming back?

I'm a fourth year doctoral candidate who is ABD right now and recently got a full time position at a small liberal arts college (SLAC). So far, I'm not off to a great start. I showed up to orientation ...
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Is it widely followed that only some parts of academic books are taught to undergraduates?

I'm an undergraduate student studying psychology using English language in a non-English speaking country. I'm graduating soon, and I'm applying for master programs. We mostly use McGraw Hill ...
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Is it normal for graduate degrees to be awarded through the graduate school rather than the individual college?

I recently ordered some degree verification PDFs through the National Student Clearinghouse for employment purposes and had a quick question. I saw my undergrad Psychology degree had the College of ...
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Just how important is university prestige when completing PhD?

I'm highly considering attending smaller, lesser known private university to pursue a PhD in cognitive psychology. The university gives full funding, I really mesh the with the professor I'd be ...
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Is participating in professional forums good or bad for my career?

I enjoy being a part of several different academic and social groups online that are of interest to my field. As a Ph.D. student, I am now wondering if I should distance myself from online forums ...
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Is it possible to agree on feasible expectations with my supervisor or should I surrender to her demands? [closed]

My supervisor told me I’d need 5 papers (preferably all published) in order to get my PhD degree. However , attending a PhD workshop, I was advised to discuss a feasible plan with my supervisor within ...
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Using data in second study w/o consulting all authors

I just submitted an article using data from another study that was done together with a colleague. I am (technically) the first author of the first study, though we are equally credited first authors ...
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Will I get docked for including a source in my bibliography which I didn't end up using in my actual paper?

I accidentally included a source in my bib, that I didn't end up using in my paper. So basically it included a pointless source that has no info or quote included in the paper. Will this look bad or ...
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Are you supposed to disclose all stimuli that your participants have been exposed to?

I am a master student in psychology in the US. I performed a study in which the participants had to read a story and should recall it afterwards. Now I am writing a manuscript where I only analyze ...
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Where should I get my letters of recommendation, coming from outside academia? [duplicate]

I'm considering applying for grad school (psychology). However, I've been in industry for two years. Also, I never connected with my professors... Here are some of my options for letters of ...
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Current advisor wants me to graduate with my PhD soon but I don't feel like I learned a lot or obtained enough skills. Should I discuss this with him?

I'm a soon to be 4.5th year Ph.D student currently in a 10 week internship. My advisor wants me to wrap up my dissertation as soon as I can. However, I'm not feeling good about where I'm at right now ...
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Forgot to give a copy of consent form to participants throughout qualifier project and dissertation data collection. What are my next steps?

I'm a 4th year doctoral candidate who recently finished data collection for my dissertation. However, I have some bad news that wasn't pointed out to me until I trained a prospective research ...
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Follow-up project on a paper in submission

I submitted to a journal a fairly novel psychology theory in the form of a manuscript that our research group put together. I am the first author and did most of the research. The paper is currently ...
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Okay to state very specific research interest in statement of purpose?

*I am applying to Psychology PhD For graduate (PhD) applications, most universities ask for a statement of purpose and instructions simply state to discuss your research interests. This type of open-...
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Never took a second stats class in my Ph.D. How will this look to employers?

I posted here yesterday for a totally different reason, so I'll be brief on the introductory piece. I'm a 4th year Ph.D student in Experimental Psychology who is slated to graduate this academic year. ...
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Is it possible to leave a research position in the middle of a project gracefully and without burning bridges?

I have been seeking a full time research position in psychological research since I graduated and moved to a new city. Breaking into it without any connections was hard, so I took a part-time ...
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Eternal Doctoral Thesis

How can I help a friend who is working on a doctoral thesis since about 10 years? It seems to me that achieving a doctoral degree is close to impossible at that point. I am sure that there is no ...
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How to overcome mental block while learning that feeling that something is too tough and I won't understand it?

I am studying a subject where I failed twice. So, it is normal that I am really scared of this. And everytime sth difficult appears, i get mental block. I feel I might not be able to solve this. But ...
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How can I apply a Computer Science degree towards a career in a research-related position of another field?

I'm not interested in becoming an academic. Rather, I'm interested in opportunities for a Computer Science (or related) major to work in research, either in industry, but also particularly in ...
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Can I pursue a master's degree and research career after taking 16 years to finish undergraduate?

I've just finished my bachelor degree in Psychology as a second under-graduate degree. My first degree was in mathematics. I am 37 years old and I would like to know if it's possible to pursue a ...
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Is it possible to apply to a PhD program, then transfer a year later to a higher-ranked program?

Is possible to apply to a PhD psychology program, and if accepted, then transfer a year later to another program that is higher in ranking?
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How to overcome the feeling that I don't know many things about my research tool?

I am a 6th year PhD in computational chemical engineering. I have extensively used Lammps for my Molecular dynamics simulations. However there are many aspects of the modeling tools that I have no ...
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Can I get hired as a psychology professor if I get a PhD in educational psychology in an education department?

I'm interested in educational psychology and learning sciences. However, most educational psychology graduate programs are within the education department, not psychology. What's the difference ...
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Addressing Professor in email with half-typed name, how to deal with the mistake? [closed]

You address a new Professor by accident with half-typed name in an email. The professor is from US but working now as a professor in Europe. This was my mistake. Rest of the mail was done except half ...
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Why are non-funded Master's degrees and their recipients frowned upon even though this is true for the majority of them? [closed]

I'm a fourth year Ph.D student who (fingers crossed) is slated to graduate this summer with their Ph.D in Experimental Psychology. Prior to this program, I did my Master's in Experimental Psychology ...
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Have been thinking of Quitting PhD since day 1 - Advice appreciated!

I would really appreciate to hear some other people's thoughts on my situation. I am going into my third year of my PhD at a UK uni (paid studentship) and am thinking of quitting (80% sure) and ...
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