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psych careers specializing in neuroscienceHaving a PhD in Experimental Psychology allows you to use human and animal subjects to study a great many topics, such as sensation and perception, memory, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion; developmental processes, social psychology, and the neuroscience behind all these.


You must have Masters’ before earning PhD., either from another school or the same school. It usually requires 4-6 years of graduate school for an individual to complete his or her thesis (research project). At many schools you do NOT pay tuition. At many schools you receive a stipend, a form of salary for serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Research Assistant (RA). A PhD offers greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. In addition, a PhD allows you to be licensed by a state to do certain activities (e.g., testing, therapy). Read about comparisons between Masters and PhD degrees in psychology here. lists the average yearly income for an Experimental Psychologist at $56,000.

Click here to read important steps for an MA/MS or PhD in Experimental Psychology.