Scientific Research & Academic Education in Psychology

The science and knowledge base of psychology is developed mainly at the universities. Psychology researchers use a wide variety of methods: from real-life observations and questionnaires to all sorts of experiments and even brain scans for neuropsychological research.

We can distinguish two types of research:
• Fundamental research; for instance into psychological functions such as our memory, the (sometimes strange) workings of our senses, our emotions, the structure of our personality, the dynamics of group processes, etc.
• Applied research; for instance into the effectiveness of certain interventions: what works and what doesn’t, and with whom, when, how and why?

The knowledge and insights from such research is passed on by the universities to the students of their educational programmes in psychology. After a minimum of five years, such a programme can lead to a diploma that gives the alumni access to the legally protected title of psychologist.

The BFP has only one member association that specifically focusses on psychology academics: BAPS. The working language of this association is English.
However one should note that most of the other BFP member associations also count a number of academics amongst their members.