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Ψ  Introduction
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Ψ  A psychologist has a Ph.D., PsyD., or Ed.D.
 
Ψ  A clinical psychologist has a Ph.D., PsyD., or Ed.D., has specialized, & has 1 year of supervised training.
 
Ψ  A counseling psychologist usually works with problems such as those involving marriage, family, or career counseling.
 
Ψ  A psychiatrist must be a Medical Doctor.

Ψ  Note: until recently, no psychologists in the U.S. have been able to prescribe drugs. Now, psychologists in New Mexico & Louisiana (who have completed special medical training) can prescribe drugs like psychiatrists.

Areas of Specialization a.k.a. branchs of psychology

Ψ  Social psychology involves the study of social interactions, stereotypes, prejudices, attitudes, conformity, group behaviors, & aggression.
 
Ψ  Personality psychology involves the study of personality development / change / assessment, & abnormal behaviors.

Ψ  Developmental psychology examines moral, social, emotional, & cognitive development throughout a personís entire life.

Ψ  Experimental psychology includes areas of sensation, perception, learning, human performance, motivation, and emotion.

Ψ  Biological psychology - psychobiology
 
Ψ  Cognitive psychology involves how we process, store, and retrieve information and how cognitive processes influence our behaviors.
 
Ψ  Psychometrics - psychological measurement

Branches of Psychology

Ψ  There are many branches of psychology; how they are categorized depends on which book you are reading (such as the areas of specialization listed above). There is no universally agreed on list.  However, the following list could reasonably be seen as encompassing the main branches of psychology:

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•  Developmental psychology examines moral, social, emotional, & cognitive development throughout a personís entire life. Developmental psychology focuses on how people grow & learn.

•  Social psychology involves the study of social interactions, stereotypes, prejudices, attitudes, conformity, group behaviors, & aggression.

•  Cognitive psychology involves how we process, store, & retrieve information & how cognitive processes influence our behaviors.

•  Neuroscience; which is a study of the mind by looking at the brain. Neuroscience is a branch of the life sciences that deals with the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, or molecular biology of nerves & nervous tissue & especially with their relation to behavior & learning

•  Clinical; which examines mental health & mental illnesses.


General Psychology
Robert C. Gates