Hi and welcome to geekpsychologist.com!
My name is Brian. I am a psychological scientist with a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, and until recently, I was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at a small liberal arts university in North Carolina. The story of why I decided to leave academia and undergraduate teaching is a long and boring one, so I won’t get into the details here. But suffice it to say I decided to give up teaching to become a full-time science communicator and blogger.
And so here I am…
So clearly this is a blog about Psychology – the scientific study of human behavior and the human mind (I’ll talk a little more about what exactly that means in a future post).
If you’ve ever taken a psychology course before, then you likely know that it is an incredibly diverse field. Why? Because psychologists are interested in understanding why people behave, think, and feel the way they do. Now think about that for a moment. Think about all the possible reasons why you or someone you know behaves the way they do. Why do you like the music that you do? Why do you enjoy the company of your friends, as opposed to other people? Why do you get angry when someone cuts you off while driving? Why do you have such difficulty remembering the name of someone you’ve just been introduced to?
Humans are extremely complicated animals. Each and every one of us is exquisitely complex and interesting. This is because countless biological, environmental, and genetic factors play a role in shaping our personalities, emotions, and behavior. Humans are so complicated that we need many different types of psychologists, each devoted to understanding a different aspect of human behavior and a different collection of factors that influence the way we think and behave.
Below is a list of some of the most common types of psychologists:
- Clinical Psychologists
- Counseling Psychologists
- Cognitive Psychologists (that’s what I am!)
- Industrial Organizational Psychologists
- Biological Psychologists
- Developmental Psychologists
- Sports Psychologists
- Social Psychologists
- Community Psychologists
- Evolutionary Psychologists
and the list goes on…
So if you’ve ever had an interest in learning more about what makes people tick, then I hope you’ll stop by from time to time to see what I have to offer here.
My plan is to write about a wide variety of topics and research areas but at varying levels of depth. So whether you are a student, fellow academic researcher, or just someone who is interested in understanding more about human behavior, I think you’ll be able to find something here that interests you.
And no worries…no need to hold a Ph.D. or Master’s degree to get something out of this blog. All you will need to follow along is a healthy sense of curiosity, an interest in human behavior, and an open mind to question your preconceived notions about why people behave the way they do.
With that, I’ll leave you with a brief overview of what you can expect to find here (keeping in mind that all of this is subject to change as the blog grows and evolves):
- Overviews of basic concepts and theories in psychology, such as what you might find in an undergraduate psychology course.
- Critical analysis and interpretation of new research published in scholarly, academic journals.
- Curated news and press releases about psychological research.
- Curated videos of professional talks given by leading experts in psychology.
- Original posts posing thought-provoking questions with implications for society.
- Original reviews of books, movies, and TV shows that address topics in psychology.
- Examples of fun visual illusions
- Blog posts on topics requested by readers.
So feel free to check back often and join in the discussion.
And if you have any specific suggestions or requests for topics to be featured, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.
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