As a psych major I have the luxury of choosing most of my classes, but there are a few required ones. When I signed up for Research Methods this spring I was a little worried, because I really had no idea what it entailed but I knew that it must be important if it’s mandatory. I figured it would probably be about how to make surveys for psychological studies or something like that. Not awful, but not particularly fascinating.
My predictions were wrong. I was pleasantly surprised when we all had to go around the room and state our passions (in this context, that meant what we want to learn about in psychology). According to Professor Breland, we are going to learn all about psychological research in the context of our passion. Basically, we choose our own research question and set up a potential study to test it. Then the professor will, in his words, “sprinkle some magic dust on it” to give us data that we’ll learn how to analyze and use.
I think this sounds like a great way to learn! Everyone knows that it’s easier to learn when you’re interested in what you’re learning, so hopefully this class will be a breeze! Now I just have to figure out my passion. I have a few different thoughts on that right now:
- music– specifically, why do particular genres of music, or even major chords vs. minor chords, make us feel different ways? What makes different people like different types of music?
- relationships– what exactly causes a person’s feelings about another person to change? Why (and when) do the things we like in the beginning sometimes turn into annoyances?
- depression– what causes it, when does a person cross the line from having a tough time to being depressed, and what are the best ways to fix it?
I’m pretty excited for this semester. I think Professor Breland is a very intelligent person and I’m already enjoying the class. Hopefully I can keep you guys updated on which passion I pick, how the process goes, and hopefully the answers (or new questions) that I get in the end!
Until next time!