Why do we do the things that we do? What makes us tick, and can we control these factors? These and other types of questions are just some of the issues that behavioral sciences tries to address.
Behavioral sciences. What is it?
Behavioral sciences is the branch of psychology that deals with how people and groups of people interact with one another and behave in predictable (and sometimes unpredictable) patterns. Why do we stop and stare at traffic accidents? Why do we procrastinate? Why do we always stare up (or down) while in the elevator? Why do guys and girls stand on opposite sides of the room during high school dances? The list of potential avenues for study is literally limitless. Human beings are a rare breed with many quirks, habits, and issues worthy of our full time attention. However, like any science, you will want to complete formal training before you begin tackling the quagmire that is the human experience.
Try to keep up
As the world continues to expand, potential opportunities for human interaction rise exponentially. Mass media, globalization, communication, and science have revolutionized the way that people interact with one another. 50 years ago, having a pen pal on the other side of the world was a rare treat. Now, we send emails all over the globe without thinking about it. Thus there are plenty of avenues for study. What element of the human drama do you want to dissect? What aspect of group mentality do you want to better understand? Options are out there.
Publish date: February 10, 2011