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  1. Is SPSS out of date?

    I graduated from university in 2010. During my undergraduate course the research and statistics modules of the course formed a firm foundation in teaching us that studying psychology wasn’t simply learning about the brain. Certainly within the first year I was often questioning why we had to learn how to perform statistics on data, some of which was by hand. And it wasn’t until halfway through the second year I realised how are important the research element of psychology actually is. Once we had learnt the principles and the theories behind the basic and most fundamental statistical analysis, we began to utilise our skills in learning how to do them via computer software, such as SPSS. At the time many prior to the start of the undergraduate course did not know what SPSS was, and in the space of two years with a weekly sessions we had to learn it at highly proficient level to be able to independently conduct our own statistical analysis for the end of course project. SPSS is a graphical user interface software that allows users to conduct variety of statistical analysis on data. At the time it was a straightforward piece of software to learn but it wasn’t until a few years after I graduated when I realised how insufficient I was prepared to tackle larger experiments and datasets with a software package that had been replaced by several more powerful alternatives. I remember sitting in an interview a few years ago and one of the interview exercises was to conduct a basic statistical analysis using R. Whilst I had heard of R, I have no idea on how to use it. What’s more is that it is a command line interface, which cannot the fluked in situations like these. When I admitted I have not come prepared for the exercise and questioned why they had opted for software package that very few people taught how to use, the responded by telling me that it’s free and cost-effective. They were also right in saying that trends are changing and some organisations are opting for open source alternatives that can potentially save them thousands on license costs. I didn’t have much of a response I could give. Needless to say I didn’t get that job. I returned home contemplating to myself on how as a psychology graduate things have changed particularly concerning the most important aspect of working in academia, which is a firm grasp in research and statistics. Through further research online I found other jobs which work were requiring proficiencies in other software packages all but SPSS. How was I to apply for these other positions if I was only trained in software that appeared to be coming out of fashion? The only real solution was to begin to learn a new skill – programming in R. I have lost touch with my University since graduation and do not know whether they have updated their curriculum to reflect the changes in the real world environment when it comes to statistical packages. I am pleased however that’s sufficient amount of resource is available online for one to take the initiative to update their skills.
  2. Enjoying the new interface!

  3. Depends what you want to go into? The people that I know spend enough time doing RA posts to realise that academia wasn't for them. They went into private sector, working in areas completely out their prior profession such as project management, IT etc. Some people went into similar areas like pharma or went into senior roles like project management in related fields. However, I do think much of it was money motivated. Once they got onto the RA ladder, they realised how excellent it was to be paid after graduation and pursued something with better salaries whilst not taking too much time to think about the career or the field they were going into. Mind you, psychology is a diverse area anyway, you could go into any of the above after graduation, but it's uncommon to do so after spending multiple years as an RA in academia
  4. I learnt SPSS in school a few years back but I'm learning from other graduates doing PhDs that if you want a head start it will be a good idea to invest some time to learn R command-line. Does anyone else share this understanding?
  5. I heard some rumours that DSM 5 might be the last of the manuals being published for a long while - is there any truth to this?
  6. I've been working as an RA in the last few years and somehow have found myself working within trials to do with old age disease - dementia and Parkinson's. I pursued the job because I needed work and was willing to accept anything. I've been here for a year or so, and concerned that if I spend longer here I will develop too much familiarity with old age diseases and won't be able to pursue something I am more interested in. Do I start looking elsewhere and wait for the right job to come along, or just take anything else to get out of this even if that something else is loosely related to something I want to do?
  7. What sort of studies in statistics? If you want to pursue jobs just in statistics you really need to spend a good time studying and getting experience in the area because you will be expected to perform high level statistics in your role. Pursuing jobs in psychology will also be beneficial if you have strong statistics knowledge.
  8. I would also support what was said by Cognitive - when it comes to therapy the clients want to find someone with experience and speciality. Most of the time graduates get these skills when working elsewhere for a few years to not only learn (and get paid for it whilst fairly inexperienced), but also to spend time in the industry in general - see what kind of clients there are, their severity, whether any particular niche is in demand etc.
  9. Take into account where you would be working. I don't know what the demand is for psychoanalysis is in the UK, but in case you want to turn it into full time you need the clients to be able to do that. I know you've said you want to keep it alongside another job, but it might still be a factor to consider (albeit a small one).
  10. Paper requests?

    Main thing is, is it allowed?
  11. I don't have access to a copy to check for you, but I think if the page numbers don't correspond to the contents, that's pretty basic and most likely its a faulty print or is a copy. You can generally tell if its a copy because the details will be off like the print and colour quality and inconsistencies across the whole book. Send it back or buy it elsewhere.
  12. I don't believe it, that's all it appears to be to me - not very convincing. I don't know how the physiological explanation works behind tapping your face and head. Fight or flight kicks in, doesn't it? If you believe it works, and if it only works if you believe it does, then it won't work unless the user believe it. But that concludes that it doesn't work if the user doesn't believe it. If I start jumping up and down and BELIEVE that it will cure my depression, it would be erroneous for me to conclude that jumping up and down treat depression, but rather it might be my own believe and perhaps the release of hormones to counter any negative feelings to mask any correlation.
  13. I don't think what you're suggesting is a proven theory. But a quick logical deduction may be that they spend more time studying than they do socialising?
  14. Have you personally experienced tapping? I looked into this a while ago but from the outside it didn't seem very convincing, it reminds me of the NLP hype a number of years back.
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