I do research into how the brain develops, most days I do a disection in the morning then record from the cells and put on different drugs or toxins to see thier effects. I then have to analyse the results on the computer, this can be very boring.
Hi @rachie98 and @elliesmith
Thanks for the question.
I’ve written a bit about my typical day on my profile. Most of the time I’m running statistics, or looking at my data and cleaning it, so mainly I’m sitting at a computer.
A PhD as a job involves 3 or 4 years of running experiments and writing them up, and also going on training courses and presenting my work at conferences. At the end of the time I will have to write up my work as a thesis, then have a spoken ‘exam’ called a viva where 2 academics who know about similar research check that I understand what I’ve done and I can justify my decisions.
Hope this answers your question, let me know if you’d like more info! 🙂
Some of the things I do in my job are listed on my profile, but my job involves a lot of sitting at a computer and quite a lot of ‘thinking’ time to design experiments. I also give lectures on developmental psychology to psychology students at university and I have PhD students and Master’s students to supervise on their projects.
– First I have to go to France and find some people to interview in the towns I am interested in, and interview them! That part involves asking them to read a list of words and a little story, and also having a short conversation with them about whatever they would like to talk about. I record the interviews – the microphone looks like one of the ones you see clipped onto people that are being interviewed on the news.
– Then I come back to the office and analyse the speech I have recorded. This involves playing it through a computer to find out the characteristics of the sound-waves that people have produced as they have been talking to me. I collect this kind of data for a lot of speakers, then I can compare them together and make maps of where they’re different!
The part where I go to France and do the interviews is the more fun part, but I do like the analysis as well – especially when the experiment has gone well and the results are coming out!