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Careers in Social Psychology. What is social psychology?. The scientific study of how people’s thoughts , feelings , and actions are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people Study of h uman behavior. Does watching violent T.V. cause people to act aggressively?.

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what is social psychology
What is social psychology?
  • The scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and actions are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people
  • Study of human behavior
what do professors do
What do Professors Do?
  • Teach
  • Research
  • Service
  • Affiliate with Other Areas:
    • Business
    • Education
    • Marketing
    • Communications
    • Sociology
    • Law
    • Medicine
what about jobs outside of academia
What about jobs outside of academia?
  • Market yourself!
    • Knowledge of human behavior
    • Teaching experience
      • Public speaking
      • Management
    • Research Skills
      • Research design
      • Statistics
      • Writing
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What do social psychologists do?
  • Some social psychologists are employed in industry
    • Educational Testing Service (ETS)
    • Gallup Polling Organization
    • Consumer Reports
    • Software companies
    • Marketing research/marketing
    • Advertising
what do social psychologists do13
What do social psychologists do?
  • Government
    • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Department of Justice
    • Department of Education
    • Military
    • Census Bureau
    • Department of Energy
    • CIA /FBI
examples
Examples
  • Market research consultant
    • Stephen J. Kraus: answers questions for businesses using basic research techniques
      • How satisfied are customers?
      • How can new products and services be improved?
      • Who are the most valuable customers?
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Examples
  • Social Psychologist in Rehabilitation Technologies
    • David Boninger: Markets innovative wheelchair technologies developed by his brother
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Examples
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
    • Susan Ferguson: designs ways to minimize losses due to death, injury, & property damage
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Examples
  • Trial Consultant
    • Joy Stapp: helps lawyers develop effective trial strategies
      • Jury selection
      • Helps the trial team develop a presentation
      • Tests out the approach with “mock juries”
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Examples
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
    • Christine Sannerud: reviews research and makes recommendations regarding
      • Controlling the manufacture of illicit drugs
      • Laws regarding drug control
becoming a social psychologist
Becoming a social psychologist
  • Graduate school
    • Complete coursework and research
    • Gain teaching experience
    • Become Interdisciplinary!
    • Financial assistance
getting into graduate school
Getting into graduate school
  • High GPA
  • Good GRE scores
  • Research experience
  • Strong letters of recommendation

***Don’t forget to research graduate programs and apply to ones that fit your goals!***

helpful resources
Helpful resources
  • www.socialpsychology.org
  • www.spsp.org
  • www.psy.fsu.edu
  • Adam Fay: [email protected]
  • Any questions?
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