In 1961-62, psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted some disturbing experiments. He asked subjects (participants) to give electric shocks to their partners whenever the partners answered questions incorrectly. As the voltage increased, the partners begged to stop -- but experimenters told the subjects to continue. Sixty-five percent of subjects continued, even when their partners screamed in agony.
The partners were actors who only pretended to receive shocks; they faked their agonized screams -- but the subjects didn’t know that. The experiments were criticized as being unethical. Yet many subjects thanked Milgram for revealing the frailty of human kindness.
Research psychologists study how humans feel, think, learn, and act. They also study physical problems with the brain and work to develop treatments for problems such as memory loss.
Most research psychologists work for universities, government offices, and private corporations. Research psychologists who are university professors spend part of their time teaching.
Someone who can do detailed work both independently and as part of a team. You'll benefit from a combination of determination and patience, because it will probably be a long time before you see the results of your research.
Many research psychologists do laboratory experiments using animals such as rats, monkeys, and pigeons.