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#1 Old 11-30-2005, 10:11 PM
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I'm really wanting to go to school for psychology. I'd probably want to get at least a master's. My question has to do with animal research. My mom has been discouraging me, saying that if I go to school for that I will have to do things like that. Does anyone has information about this? I'm wonder how big of a concern this could be for me...

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#2 Old 11-30-2005, 11:16 PM
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...Depends on the Research.

The research done for Learned Optomism had the Princeton psychology department shocking dogs to the point of inducing helplessness and depression. ...Many times.

I know other people who have done research as simple as testing to see whether 6 month old babies respond more favorably to more attractive/symmetrical faces. It just involved showing them two sets of slides simultaneously, and marking down which one the infant looked at first. ...Sounded like kind of a fun assignment.
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#3 Old 11-30-2005, 11:29 PM
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I would suggest using google to look up what schools you are considering. Find the numbers for the psychology department and give them a call. Tell them about your concerns and ask them if that is required for a degree.

Just my $.02
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#4 Old 12-01-2005, 10:33 AM
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I am a psychology major, and I plan to get a PhD. My school (for undergrad) doesn't have a live animal lab. Some schools do, but I am not sure if it is mandatory that you do research with animals. If you are looking more at clinical or counseling psychology (where you do therapy, diagnose psych disorders, etc.) then the chance that you will have to do animal research is very slim.

Das_nut gave very good advice about calling the schools and asking them. There are even many graduate schools that do not have live animal labs at all. Just look into it, and good luck!
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