Forensic PsychApril 28, 2016 – 12:59 am

Forensic Psych

My last post drew some comments about the use of the word psychopath when describing Joran van der Sloot, the lead suspect in the Natalie Holloway disappearance, so I wanted to clarify what I am referring to when I use the terms psychopathy or psychopath. The age old debate of psychopathy versus sociopathy is not one that can be answered easily. This is mainly because the words are often used interchangeably, and even when the terms are clearly defined…

APA Accredited Forensic Psychology ProgramsApril 23, 2016 – 12:44 am

APA Accredited Forensic Psychology Programs

The American Psychological Association (APA) does not accredit master s or undergraduate level programs in psychology. The APA only accredits doctoral programs. Therefore, the online bachelor s degrees in Psychology and the online master s degree in Forensic Psychology can not be accredited by the APA. Why is accreditation important? Accreditation assures the quality of higher education institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation…

Psychology TheoristsApril 20, 2016 – 12:27 am

Psychology Theorists

Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud proposed one of the best-known grand theories of child development. According to Freud’s theory, child development occurs in a series of stages focused on different pleasure areas of the body. During each stage, the child encounters conflicts that play a major role in the course of development. Learn More: Freud’s famous work influenced a number of other psychoanalysts, including theorist Erik Erikson. While Erikson’s theory…

Forensic Psychology Undergraduate ProgramsApril 15, 2016 – 11:52 pm

Forensic Psychology Undergraduate Programs

Providing a strong, interdisciplinary foundation, the bachelor s degree in forensic psychology prepares its graduates for careers in criminal justice. Subjects typically covered include applied psychological statistics, definitions of insanity and the principles of criminal behavior. Most programs require an internship with a criminal justice organization. Program Levels in Forensic Psychology: Bachelor s degree; master s degree Prerequisites: High…

Behavior Definition PsychologyApril 8, 2016 – 10:39 pm

Behavior Definition Psychology

What do animal behaviorists—ethologists—mean by the word “behavior?” It turns out that this is a nontrivial question, and one that ethologists have grappled with for some time. Early ethologists like Niko Tinbergen defined behavior as “the total movements made by the intact animal, ” but it strikes me that this is far too general a definition, in that it incorporates almost everything that an animal does. But, if a definition proposed by one of my…

Jobs with a Major in PsychologyMarch 27, 2016 – 08:47 pm

Jobs with a Major in Psychology

As a psychology major, you’ve studied the science of the mind, brain, and behavior. From the synapses that fire in our brains to the greater patterns of human development and interaction, psychologists learn the inner workings of the mind and the ways in which they contribute to greater social phenomena. You might have focused on topics such as how the brain works, human life develops, counseling and social psychology, mental disorders, and how we…

Forensic Psychology CareersFebruary 27, 2016 – 04:19 pm

Forensic Psychology Careers

Forensic psychology has become one of the most popular subfields of psychology in recent years. Increasing numbers of students express interest in this field of study, yet many are not quite sure what they need to do to pursue a career in this area. If you have an interest in psychology as well as the law and criminal justice, then this is an area that certainly might interest you. So how do you get started in forensic psychology? What topics do you…