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Scientific activities of professional psychologists

Scientific psychology is one of the most important areas of activity of professional psychologists.

Psychologists working in the field of scientific psychology conduct scientific research on mental phenomena, patterns of mental processes, conditions, properties. A feature of scientific research of the psyche is the objectivity and greater reliability of psychological knowledge. Research is aimed at finding new psychological knowledge (explanation, proof and prediction of psychological phenomena). Using a variety of methods - systematic observations, experiments, conversations, testing - psychologists obtain objective knowledge about the mental world. To study and characterize the human psychic world, scientists use abstract scientific categories, such as, for example, activity, individual, personality, individuality, subject of activity, communication, ability, sensory and perception, level of claims, affect, frustration, etc. To describe the relationships and mechanisms of mental activity, they develop scientific theories and concepts that help explain and predict certain psychological phenomena. Scientific and psychological research is characterized by their generalization, systematicity, evidence, reliance on scientific facts and concepts. Scientific and psychological knowledge and research results are usually presented in the language of scientific psychology, understandable to professional psychologists, and are not always available for understanding by an unprepared reader.

Scientific psychology is often called academic. At the same time, there is a special area of ​​scientific psychology - applied psychology, which is studying the ways of practical application (application) of scientific and psychological knowledge to solve practical problems.

Psychologists working in the field of scientific psychology conduct psychological research. The main tasks of their research activities:

- explanation of psychological phenomena,

- proof of certain theoretical propositions (hypotheses),

- prediction of certain psychological facts.

They should be able to work with scientific literature, identify on this basis existing approaches to the study of certain psychological problems, systematize the scientific facts obtained by other scientists and described in books and articles. For a scientist working in the field of science, it is important to know the language and style of written and oral scientific speech.
He must present the results of his research in publications and speeches at scientific conferences and symposia. Psychologists and scientists should be able to develop, organize and conduct psychological research aimed at collecting empirical data. The term "empiria" (empiricism) comes from the Greek word "empeiria" (experience). Currently, in many sciences, empiry (empiricism) is understood to mean any combination of scientific facts and data. An empirical study is a study whose purpose is to obtain data in various ways: methods of observation and self-observation, laboratory and natural experiment, modeling (Kulikov, 1994, p.5).

Sometimes psychologists confuse such concepts as empirical and experimental. The term "experiment" comes from the Latin word "experimentum" (test, experience) and means scientifically established experience, observation of the studied phenomenon under precisely accounted conditions, which allow monitoring the course of the phenomenon and repeatedly reproducing it when these conditions are repeated (ibid.). The experimental data obtained by psychologists in research are at the same time empirical. However, in addition to experimental, empirical data also include data obtained using other methods of psychological research (as a result of observation, conversation, questioning, testing).

A necessary professional skill of psychologists and scientists can be considered mastery of the methods of mathematical statistics that are necessary for the qualified processing of empirical data obtained in the study, for reliable proof of scientific hypotheses. In addition, it is important to learn the correct analysis, systematization and interpretation (explanation) of the received and processed data.

Thus, psychologists working in science, reveal scientific facts that deepen our knowledge about the mental world of people (or animals), study the laws of mental life, develop theories that explain psychological facts and laws, create methods of psychological research. Research psychologists work in research institutes and centers, in the psychological laboratories of universities and institutes, in the departments of applied psychology of industrial research institutes and universities. Scientific research also serves as an important type of professional activity for university professors and academic institutes.
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Scientific activities of professional psychologists

  1. Scientific and educational activities of professional psychologists
    Scientific and educational activities of professional
  2. “Scientific and theoretical foundations of the study of the problem of the formation of readiness for professional activity”
    Chapter I focuses on the characterization of readiness for professional activity in the subject’s professionalization system, analysis of the structure and content of readiness, as well as existing approaches to the development and formation of readiness of future psychologists in the vocational education system. In modern psychological science with respect to the concept of "readiness" there is no generally accepted
  3. Professional activity of a psychologist. Psychologists as a professional community
    Professional activity of a psychologist. Psychologists as a professional
  4. Scientific research as an activity of psychologists
    Research work in the field of fundamental and applied psychology is one of the most common and prestigious activities of professional psychologists. Psychologists working in the field of scientific psychology conduct scientific research on mental phenomena, patterns of mental processes, conditions, properties. Research aimed at finding new psychological
  5. Psychology as a research activity
    The word "science" has several meanings: a special area of ​​human activity, a special way of knowing the world, a system of knowledge, a system of institutions and organizations. In addition to the scientific way of mastering reality, it is customary to single out ordinary knowledge, artistic knowledge and religious knowledge, each of which has its own specificity and performs important functions in human life.
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    This performance criterion is a unique criterion for acmeological training program-oriented, since this training is aimed at fulfilling the task of improving professional skills as a whole and has sufficient methodological potential to solve it. In addition to increasing the level of possession of individual skills and psycho-correction of the current state
  7. Ethics of professional psychologist
    Ethics is a set of norms of behavior, the moral of a social group. The activities of any professional group also develop their own standards, rules of professional behavior, which together form a professional ethic. So, they talk about medical ethics, scientific ethics. The importance of ethics in the work of a doctor is known to many. They also know that ancient Greek
  8. Professional and ethical standards of psychologist
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  9. Practical Psychology as a Field of Professional Psychologists
    Practical psychology as a field of professional activity
  10. Professional and ethical standards of military psychologist
    The professional activity of a psychologist is a very complex and responsible area of ​​professional activity. It requires appropriate education, professional skill and may affect the fate of people (for example, when a medical or forensic psychological diagnosis is made). The professional activity of a military psychologist is associated with the knowledge of purely individual
  11. Teaching as a field of professional psychologists
    Another area of ​​professional activity of a psychologist is the teaching of psychology. Since the beginning of the 20th century, scientific and pedagogical activities in the field of psychology have been inextricably linked. The profession of a scientist and teacher in psychology has become inseparable. Most well-known Russian psychologists worked as teachers at universities. Professors and others
  12. Types of professional activity of a teacher-psychologist
    According to the “General characteristic of the specialty 031000 Pedagogy and Psychology” (see Appendix 2), the main activities of the teacher-psychologist are correctional development, teaching, scientific, methodological, social and pedagogical, educational, cultural and educational and managerial. Correctional and developmental activities. Correction in literal translation from Latin
  13. The problem of the development and self-development of a psychologist in professional activities
    The self-development of a professional psychologist has several advantages: 1) Does the psychologist himself determine the vector of his professional and personal development, acting in fact as the real subject of professional self-determination? and self-development (and it costs a lot!); 2) such a psychologist more quickly develops a sense of social and professional responsibility for his work; 3) do it yourself
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