Welcome to psychbot!
For me, the purpose of this blog is to practice writing about psychology in a way that is accessible to anyone, and to provide myself with the opportunity to think and reflect on the things that I am learning about the journey of navigating psychology, academia, and success. With this blog I hope to generate research questions and discussion, spread useful knowledge, and answer questions of interest.
A little about myself:
My name is Natasha and I am a Ph.D. student in Applied Social Psychology at a Canadian university. What is applied social psychology? Social psychology is the study of how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours are influenced by other people and society at large. We are at once the makers of society, and we are made by it, in a complex system of feedback loops. Social psychologists are responsible for some of the most famous (and infamous!) psychology studies, from the Standford prison experiments, to conformity studies, to the bystander effect, and all the other neat stuff you may have heard of or learned from an Intro to Psych class. Applied social psychology aims to take this knowledge outside of the lab and the psych department, and apply it to help communities, businesses, government, and social services. It’s taking psychology to the streets!
My research focus is on cross-cultural differences and development of group norms. However I am interested in a much wider variety of psychology topics then a Ph.D. tends to allow research time for. I love reading about psychology, and applying what I know to current events and behavioural trends. I hope to use this blog as an outlet to focus and organize my knowledge.