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  1. In addition to what rising_star said, if by "research" you mean research using human subjects, at many places that type of work requires both ethics approval by an institutional review board and a confirmed supervising faculty member. So it actually can't be conducted independently by a student and, if you can't find a supervisor, another topic might be more feasible.
  2. Saying there are no safety schools is accurate in the sense that acceptance rates are low regardless of program ranking. But I'd be concerned if anybody came to the conclusion that all programs are equally difficult to get into, or that it's not important to attend a top 10 program or the best program you can. I can't speak for clinical paths, but for academia it's important to get into the highest prestige program that you can because academia is "downwardly mobile" and "a caste system" and "steeply hierarchical" where much of the faculty hiring comes from a small core of top programs. Put another way, on average, you're much more likely to move down than up in the BA-MA-PhD-Postdoc-Job progression--the study I linked found that only 9-14% of students will get job placements higher-ranked than their PhD institution, and that about 25% of institutions produce ~80% of the tenured faculty.
  3. ...and be forthright about what happened instead of dissembling because I'm sure the admissions officer has heard everything and can sniff that out.
  4. Whether she does or not, universities usually have rules prohibiting faculty-student relationships. Instead of telling her, my suggestion is to seek out your university's counselling services and tell them exactly what you wrote here -- they could have someone you can talk to about your feelings so that they can be worked through in a healthier way.
  5. I'm not familiar with that program specifically, but in terms of their psych department generally it's a mid-level research university with a decent reputation. Like, not University of Toronto, UBC, or McGill, but in the solid second quartile. At the undergrad level there's some joking that it's for people who don't want to leave Toronto but couldn't get into UofT hsnl already mentioned that in Canada accreditation is done by CPA. List of programs here.
  6. I know you're joking and that should be common sense, but their tips are based on faculty reports so obviously someone didn't get it. "Don't get drunk on interview weekend" would be another tip that, you'd think, wouldn't need to be said but it happens.
  7. What do you mean by hook? Write well and grab the reader's attention but don't get bogged down with personal narrative. Everybody is supposedly enthusiastic and passionate about research so repeated references to unsubstantiated or generic traits can come off as vapid or meaningless. Be concrete and focus on specific accomplishments. If you haven't read it, look for Appleby & Appleby's article on Kisses of Death in the Grad Application process. When discussing fit, don't just refer to the prestige of the program in a vague way--draw specific connections between its faculty and your interests.
  8. Most stats programs run optimally on PCs and when you're giving talks, you can more reliably count on them having Powerpoint. Colleagues will want you to work on Word file manuscripts. So the answer is PC will be easier on you in terms of work, but some people like their Macs. The macs-per-capita is higher in academia than other places.
  9. I guess it depends on whether you're modifying 'neuroscience' with cognitive or behavioral. In any case I'm hoping it's clear from my tone that the OP shouldn't use me to make decisions
  10. Biopsychology is a university that has biology and psychology departments who want to get in on this whole neuroscience thing, but not enough to create a separate joint department where they might lose faculty/enrollment from their original departments. They are living together common law. Neurobiology is a neuroscience department that wants to remind people that they existed before the the word neuroscience was cool. ...I make jokes because I don't have a serious or informed answer for the OP.
  11. neurophysiology - I want to study nerves neuropsychology - I want to lesion rats* neuroscience - I want to use fMRI* *and EEG
  12. Can you operationalize this? How do I reliably measure it?
  13. Right, I've seen their income mobility paper, which was interesting but a bit unexpected because usually Aknin does happiness research and Shariff does religion. Since that paper was a secondary data analysis, not original work, I am curious to see what else they might have going on and coming out.
  14. Also, can't believe I forgot Jennifer Richeson.
  15. That's a big topic. Some names studying economic inequality within psychology are Michael Kraus, Keith Payne, Paul Piff, Michael Norton, Sophie Trawalter, Jazmin Brown-Iannuzzi, Dacher Keltner. Susan Fiske is near top of the list but I bet she's close to retiring. You could also look up people who study power like Adam Galinsky, Derek Rucker, Pamela Smith, Joe Magee, and others; system justification like John Jost and Aaron Kay; or social dominance like Jim Sidanius, Felicia Pratto, and more recently Arnold Ho.
  16. Are you sure dropping in your first week still shows up as a W? Regardless, I can't imagine anyone would care unless you have so many W's on your transcript that it looks like you can't finish a course without attempting it 2-3 times.
  17. Honestly I don't see how an online degree could help towards a career that focuses on face-to-face contact, unless it somehow included supervised clinical hours. If you like what you're doing now, you might have more luck asking your coworkers what paths they took and seeing what credentials they have.
  18. Another avenue TakeruK didn't mention is to work with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). They're an arm of the defence department and employees are generally civilians. If you graduate with a PhD they hire experimental psychologists (e.g., social, personality, cognitive). I personally know several psychologists who work for them and research topics such as teamwork, retention, and intelligence prediction accuracy. They wouldn't pay your education but if you get into a reputable experimental psychology program, you wouldn't be paying out-of-pocket anyway. Canadian Security Intelligence Service also occasionally advertises for clinical and experimental psychologists. In the last few years I've seen postings looking for social and personality psychologists with expertise in radicalization. You'll be more competitive for any of these roles if you speak French.
  19. PhDs are research degrees. It will be a tough sell convincing a program that you're now interested in 5-7 years' research when, by skipping the honours thesis, you passed on the major chance an undergrad has to conduct (semi)independent research.
  20. If if you want to stay in the city, also check out Amanda Forest's lab at Pitt. She's junior relative to the other people I listed but, I think, an up-and-comer.
  21. I'm hearing people say two years but, in my opinion, you should go ahead and do a round of applications after the first year. (Unless, when you talk about your application prospects with a trusted professor, as you should, they say that you definitely need a second year.) You could get lucky and, worst case, you've wasted a few hundred dollars in application fees. Getting volunteer/research experience is less about the raw time and more about (a) getting a strong reference letter and (b) having a breadth of experience that can inform your research statement in a concrete way.
  22. Look for professors in your department who have active research programs, e.g., look for their websites or recent publications. If their website has instructions for potential research assistants follow those instructions. If not, read some recent papers of whichever professors look like they're doing interesting work and send them an email offering to volunteer if they need people with reference to what you found interesting from what you read. Or, if your department does independent study courses you could approach them from that angle, i.e., to work with them for credit. Last, look for funded opportunities from your university, e.g, there is a summer NSERC research award that can fund undergraduate students for the summer.
  23. Interpersonal relationships is a gigantic research area. You could check out the website for International Association for Relationships Research--they have a directory of some members--and look for pubs in their (several) journals. Some bigger names to look for: Eli Finkel, Paul Eastwick, Harry Reis, Joanne Wood, Shelly Gable, Sandra Murray, Brooke Feeney, Nickola Overall, Omri Gillath, Emily Impett, Ben Karney, James McNulty, Geoff McDonald, Mario Mikulincer, David Sbarra, Jeff Simpson, John Lydon, Ed Lemay, Margaret Clark..... those are mostly off the top of my head as someone outside that area.
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