Why is Research Important?
As a psychology student, you are asked as part of your course requirements to participate in a number of research studies. Why is this both a worthwhile and important task? There are a number of reasons:
- It provides an opportunity observe the empirical process of psychological inquiry from the inside.
- Your responses assist your fellow students in completing a very important part of their psychological training. If you’ve already completed Research Methods, then you know how important getting good participants is! If you haven’t had it yet, trust me – you will want others to reciprocate when you implement your own research!
- Your responses assist professors and student researchers in forwarding the understanding of human nature – the main goal of Psychology as a science! Some of these studies are covered by news, radio, and television programs based upon their impact. Some may be funded by external grants in the hopes of shedding light on particular behaviors or attitudes. Some might eventually have an impact on your own life or the lives of those you care about!
How to Get Involved
Participate in a study, enroll in a course that will teach you how to conduct research, or join a research team.