Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Our professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS), describes Psychology as being "about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help us address many of the problems and issues in society today."
Welcome to the Psychology Pathway!
This course will introduce you to some of the different areas that make up psychology and to some of the methods we use. You will work with lecturers, researchers and university students and I look forward to welcoming you and working with you. If you have any questions, please get in touch! Dr Chris Gibbons
Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. We are all psychologists in our efforts to try and make sense of our own and others’ behaviour. However, how you think is often flawed and riddled with biases that you are unaware of and, even if you are popular and have lots of friends, this pails into insignificance compared to the sample sizes studied by most psychology researchers. This means the insights we get in psychology are more likely to be closer to an accurate understanding of the mind and behaviour and we often find results that go against what most people would expect. Psychologists study behaviour in rigorous, systematic and carefully controlled ways. This is the approach we take when studying behaviour in research test facilities and when we carry out research in real-life settings.