I’d like to cover my back here and state that I do think psychological studies can show very unique things and can have a big impact on society and our knowledge of the brain etc. It’s the past few months however that I’ve started to question how much this research is actually used in the real world. Unfortunately finding research backing up this subject can be tough, but I don’t think that’s a reason not to do this blog as ultimately, shouldn’t the main aim of research be to find new information and to inform the general public about it so it can be used?
For example, Jesse Martin’s research project this year for us second years is a way to take psychological research and finding a way to take it into education as currently there’s psychology research and educational research and never shall the two mix it seems! Whilst I am obviously not involved in research, it appears that psychologists spend a lot of time on research, ensuring it’s accurate and their results are well written up and potentially published. This is an amazing feet, I cannot knock that, but it seems that once the work is written it, it stays as a book on a shelf or as an online article for undergraduates to cite in their own research projects or essays.
There are many options which could be implemented, or improved if already in place. One options is that a faculty is set up in order to integrate the latest research and to inform the general population about it. Whether that be liaising with education boards, producing information books/leaflets or setting up conferences with senior staff in businesses for example. I think it does go too far to expect it to be the job of the researcher to do this, but I do think their research papers could be more user friendly in order to be understood by those outside of psychology and the scientific community.
Ultimately, I think psychology is almost a very cut off aspect of science. Whilst it has grown leaps and bounds and improved vastly in its research, this is not being used in the real world as it should be and therefore in a way, so far, current research is merely stocking up and of little use.