HM likes to address this topic at the beginning of the school year. Psychology is officially a STEM discipline. STEM stand for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and these are the disciplines highly prized for our economy. Many are probably surprised that psychology is a STEM discipline because they think of psychology in a clinical sense and often confuse these psychologists with psychiatrists.
Well there is a scientific version psychology, parts of which are frequently termed neuropsychology because of the neurological structures and brain imaging techniques that are used. For the student interested in science psychology is recommended because it crosses many levels of science. Some psychologists image the brain and make recordings and measurements of the brain. Cognitive psychologists study perception, memory, decision making, problem solving, and creativity. Social psychologists study how groups of people interact. Organizational psychologists study how organizations work and prosper. Each of these sub-disciplines of psychology has special methodologies for dealing with these problems. There are also mathematical psychologists and engineering psychologists. HM had the privilege of serving as President of Division 21 of the American Psychological Association (APA) which is the Division for Engineering and Applied Experimental Psychology.
Although there are marketing psychologists, if you are interested in marketing it might be better to study marketing in a Business College. If you are interested in how others think and feel, you might be better advised to study literature or drama in college. Literature is known for fostering empathic understanding, which might be more of what you are interested. Although HM has not seen any literature on The benefits of studying drama, he has a hunch that the study of and participation in drama might have similar benefits. However, if you are interested in the scientific study of humans, then psychology would be a good choice.
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