• Question: why are you interested in psychology and science?

    Asked by Niamh on 17 Nov 2023. This question was also asked by keirap.
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      Ed Morrison answered on 17 Nov 2023:

      At school I was an all rounder, liking science, maths, English, and languages. But it was reading popular science books, especially The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins that really made me think that was the kind of thing I would like to study in depth.

      I was more into animal behaviour at university, and it was applying those same ideas to human behaviour that moved me into psychology after I graduated.

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      removed scientist answered on 17 Nov 2023:

      I knew someone who had to have brain surgery and it got me very interested in the brain so psychology was an obvious choice. I like science because it is about understanding things more and that is exciting.

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      David McGonigle answered on 20 Nov 2023:

      Reading! Whether fiction or non-fiction, I kept finding myself drawn to fascinating questions of perception, reality, and how the brain works to keep all of these things in check! Growing up, I lived through the ‘mad cow’ crisis as well (yes, I AM that old!), the beginnings of the science of brain repair, and the promise of neural transplantation – all of these ideas and events went into my brain blender, and I gradually realised I really wanted to be a neuroscientist/psychologist. I hope that helps! Dave

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      Berengere Digard answered on 21 Nov 2023:

      I have always loved learning about how the world works, especially in terms of the biology of it. In School my favourite subjects were genetics and immunology. In my undergrad degree my favourite courses were Neurobiology and one cool course about how different species have adapted to the extreme environment where they live.

      The brain was my ultimate favourite though, because it brings together the biology, behaviour, mental processes, and group functioning, so I specialised in Neurosciences for my masters. I really think that researching brain and cognition stuff offers a lot of depth and diversity in what you can do.

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      Emma Sullivan answered on 11 Dec 2023:

      I was fascinated in it during A level and believe it is a really relevant topic to understanding more about our day-to-day lives and interactions with others.