neuropsych76 Posted December 17, 2013 Share Posted December 17, 2013 Hi all, So I'm a somewhat regular poster here and am a 3rd year cognitive neuroscience PhD student. Basically, I'm starting to realize fast the cognitive neuroscience is NOT the field for me. I'm much more interested in studying how people work together on a larger scale than one's indivudual neurons. I might try to switch into social neuroscience, but I feel like I'd have the same issues. I love volunteering at my local sexual trauma center and I write for a feminism magazine and I'm interested in studying how to overcome social inequality. I tend to always think big picture which is problematic in a field which is all about minor details of brain imaging techniques. So I would be super appreciative of any feedback on whether or not swtiching is even possible. I would be applying NEXT application cycle so it would hopefully give me enough time to figure out what (and if) I'd like to apply. here are my stats: psychology BA with sociology minor 3.72 undergrad GPA from good liberal arts school tons of undergrad research experience and published my honors thesis tons of extracurriculars glowing LOR's for undergrad GRE in the low 1200's (old GRE, can retake if needed) grad school GPA around 3.8 probably two cog neuro publications (co author) I might finish my masters by the time I apply as well I probably wont have stronger letters from my professors here I'd be aiming for mid-range, fully funded phd programs. my interests are broad, but I would like to study social inequality of some sort. race, gender, ect. anything like that would be awesome. So on paper, I think I look okay, but I'm really concered how awful it might look to leave one grad program to go to another. If I finish my masters, that might look better, but I'm not sure. I do know I want to study sociology or community psychology or something like that. I'm hoping I can write my personal statement along the lines of "I studied psychology and neuroscience but I realized I was missing studying people on a larger level and that's why I want to do sociology." Should I even try to bring psychology and cog neuro to sociology? Do I even have a chance of switching into sociology? Or am I too much of a 'risk student' for switching programs? Thanks for any feedback! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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