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Analyse the role of a psychologist. There are many areas of psychology that covers areas such as human development, sports, health, industry, media and law.

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Analyse the role of a psychologist Psychology is the study of the mind in an academic and applied manner entailing the systematic and occasionally scientific study of human or animal mental functions and behaviour. Psychologists study a range of different areas including perception, cognition, attention, emotion, motivation, personality, behavior and interpersonal relationships. Psychological knowledge is applied to a variety of human activities including the family, education, employment and the treatment of mental health problems. "Psychologists deal in the way the mind works and motivation, and can specialise in various areas such as; mental health work and educational and occupational psychology." (Smith 2007). Psychologists also investigate the underlying physiological and neurological processes. ...read more.


Developmental psychology includes issues such as the extent to which development transpires through the build up of knowledge or the extent to which children are born with natural mental structures in opposition to learning throughout experience. Various psychologists are interested in the fundamental interaction between individual attributes, the individual's behavior, and environmental factors including social context and their impact on development. A child psychologist may work as a therapist with most of their work centred on counselling children, they may also be part of a research team that evaluates learning disabilities in children and they may work as an adviser to a school district and help in formulating special education programs. ...read more.


as a chartered psychologist. Full-time degree courses usually last three or four years. A psychologist usually has a Ph.D. in psychology from an accredited graduate school. It requires: * 4 years of undergraduate work in psychology * 2 years of Masters level graduate work * 3 years of Ph.D.-level graduate work Referencing Encyclopaedia Britannica published in 2009 available at http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/160133/developmental-psychology accessed on 15/10/09 Slater, Alan and Bremner, Gavin (2003). An introduction to developmental psychology. Cornwall: Blackwell publishing ltd. Smith, S,E . (2007). what does a psychologist do. Available at: //wisegeek.com/what-does-a-psychologist-do-html . Last accessed 27/09/2009. Wagner Van Kendra (2009). Psychology career profile. Available at: http://psychology.about.com/od/psychologycareerprofiles/pschoopsych.html . Last accessed 08/10/09. Wood SE, Wood CE and Boyd D (2006). Mastering the world of psychology (2 ed.). Allyn & Bacon An introduction to developmental psychology Alan slater and gavin bremner Blackwell publishing 2003 ...read more.

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