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  1. Advice on Psychology Phd program

    Hi Everyone - I am a graduate student in a public policy program (MPP) at a very highly ranked school (top five in the country), one of the best in the country and I am hoping to move onto a PhD program in 2018. However, I am debating on what type of PhD program to pursue as my research interests are very diverse. At its core, I am currently studying public policy with two concentrations; the first is U.S. education policy in the United States and second, my degree has concentration certificates, which in my case will include computational social science and survey research methodology. Initially I thought wanted to get a PhD in public policy but my interests have since shifted to more of a psychology focus. My only formal experience with psychology is through my undergraduate major when I wrote my thesis, i was an English major that used psychological and cognitive theory for my undergraduate thesis. Outside of an academic setting, I have used various MOOCs (MIT OpenCourseWare, EdX, etc) for psychology classes. From what I can gather online, my primary focus would be on either developmental and/or cognitive psychology as I want to focus on learning and memory, particularly within adolescents in schools and classrooms. Over the course of my research I have also found programs in Educational Psychology, but most of those appear to be through a school's Department of Education. As for my background, I have participated in Teach For America, as well as worked for a Education policy non-profit where I focused on data modeling and policy analysis. I want my career to focus on the intersection of education policy and the psychology of learning, ideally being able to use research to inform policy. This summer I am working for a highly respected research firm on healthcare policy. I am also well versed in big data tools and methods so quantitative psychology has some appeal. Is applying to a psych PhD program completely out of left field, at least from the perspective of an admissions counsel? Do MOOC courses count for anything when applying to a graduate program my undergraduate degree is not related to? Are cognitive and developmental psychology research degrees the right option for my career goals? Any advice would be grearty appreciated, I know what a great resource gradecafe can be for people with questions, like me! Thanks
  2. Hello, Can anyone tell me if there is a phenomenon in psychology pertaining to people who complain all the time and/or can find nothing good in particular people, places, things, etc? I know that this would be closely related to cognitive dissonance, but I'm looking more for what fuels and drives CD. A good example of what I'm referring to is within my own family. I grew up in a staunch politically Conservative home, and any time a Liberal government was elected (or even talked about), I would hear how 'they just want to ruin the country'. To me, this goes beyond CD, since those speaking did not actually know what that Liberal ideology was (and could rarely even explain the platform of their own Conservative representation). Another great example is the meme that is being circulated with a photo of Justin Trudeau, stating how the Government of Canada is giving so much more money towards refugees than they are to the Ft. McMurray disaster. What is this phenomenon of ridiculous thinking?
  3. Hello all! I thought of posting this out of curiosity in everyone's decision for this application cycle. Those of you who received offers, congrats! Have you made your decisions in choosing which school to attend this fall? I am still waiting to hear back so I am not eligible to post anything yet (will come running and post my decision when I hear back the good news *fingers crossed*). Please come and share your exciting news! Where are you headed this fall?
  4. I applied to Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Anyone else? I need to make a decision for the other school I got accepted but I don't want to till I get an answer from them.