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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Advice for a hypersensitive postdoc who has a hard time reading social cues and making small talk [closed]

Sorry to bother everyone, I am currently a postdoc at a research institution. I have trouble in my scientific collaborations/discussions because I am hypersensitive to (get easily offended at) ...
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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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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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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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Should I go back for 2nd PhD in applied field this time?

I finished my PhD in 2017 in a psychology field that is mostly academic (non-clinical), so it is basically impossible to find jobs outside of academia that don't require a huge move. I have a current ...
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PhD: Switching Universities and Subjects After Three Months?

I was offered a PhD place at an Institute of Technology in my hometown to do interdisciplinary work in Psychology and Computer Science. Although it wasn't my original interest, I was offered to have ...
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Is it true that many people study psychology in university level originally for self-help reasons?

Is it true that many people study psychology in university level originally for self-help reasons? I have heard about this and I wanted to ask what are people's opinion about it. Someone told me that ...
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Is it possible to get into Psychology research after a PhD in HCI (human computer interaction)?

I'm very interested in psychology research, especially exploring patterns and reason of behaviour, and mechanisms of human mind. During my PhD, I spent considerable amount of time exploring cognitive ...
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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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Are women overrepresented in the field of child development studies?

I have the impression that many female scientists, especially after they gave birth to a child, start to develop a research interest in the learning, growing, and developmental behaviors of babies. I ...
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Do short journal papers ("brief reports") count less than regular papers in psychology?

Many journals in psychology feature articles of different lengths, often labelled as "brief report" (4000 words) vs. "regular article" (12000 words). Are shorter articles generally considered as ...
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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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fix non-significant errors in a manuscript that is not accepted and currently under review after 1st round of revision? [duplicate]

I'm in the field of Psychology. One of my manuscripts is now under review after the 1st round of revision. However, I found one of the variables was calculated in a wrong way, the results are better ...
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Is it feasible to become a paramedic full time and do a PhD in an unrelated field? [closed]

Do you think this is reasonable? I am graduating with a BSc in neuroscience next year. I would like to be a paramedic for a little while (throughout my 20's) before switching careers and becoming a ...
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Is it possible to get into a phD program without research experience straight from undergrad?

A little background on myself: I am a senior in undergrad with a major in Neuroscience and Cognitive science and minors in biochemistry and math. I switched my major fairly late and I never got the ...
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Motivating myself to continue being a very good student? [closed]

I have just obtained my Bachelor's in Computer Science (CS) at one of the better universities in Germany. Let me call it AM (Alma Mater). My results during these years were great, i.e. I impressed ...
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How to Fight Imposter Syndrome as a student by myself?

I am facing maybe imposter syndrome that kills me everyday which leads to an intermittent sleep and a chronic headache. Unfortunately, the country I am in right now there is non-Anglophone speaking ...
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Applying to Social Psych Programs: How important are grades in statistics?

I'm preparing to apply to Social Psych programs this fall and I'm wondering how much a mediocre grade in an Advanced Stats course (B-) would weight down my application. Barring this course, my ...