How Computers Help Me Create Information Now & in Future Research
We live in a world where we have access to more information than ever before. The breadth of knowledge available at our fingertips is both incredible and overwhelming. Computers and technology have played the immense role in facilitating this availability of information. They play a role in gathering, recording, and distributing information. Due to the ever-increasing pool and the advancement of technology that allows access to this information I am faced with the responsibility to both learn as much of it as I can, and to build myself into a scholar who will help analyze and organize it for those who come after me.
I am currently enrolled in California State University, Long Beach working to gain my Psychology Bachelor’s Degree and my Health Science Minor. I work in a behavioral Neuroscience lab that does addiction research and through being in this lab I have discovered that I want to go on and pursue a career as a Psychological Researcher. I have used a computer every day of my life as a student because of the amazing tool that it is, which allows me to do almost everything that I need to do to be successful.
Computer as Research Tool
I use a computer to gather information on the background of what I want to research in the form of literature searches (by using online databases). I use my computer to create spreadsheets to help me remember the most important bits of information that I will need to remember when looking at the results of my own work. I use a computer to record data from the research that I am conducting and to analyze it by using online statistics programs such as SPSS. And then I use my computer to write about my research and to communicate its implications and relations to existing literature. Finally I use my computer to make that information accessible to others through online databases and journals.
Laptops & Computers are a necessary part of my success in achieving my goals as an undergraduate student, as well as the goals that I want to pursue through being a part of academia in the future. I want to go on to pursuing my doctorate degree after I finish my undergraduate degree and I’d like to do so in Health Psychology. I want to explore more methods in research, all of which will include automated systems that will be collecting data through computerized applications. Computers have allowed for whole new approaches to research methods and to record keeping in research and in society. I would like to add to all of this information made possible through the use of computers.
To accomplish this goal of mine, I will be using a computer for the rest of my life. They have become my favorite tool for success!
Acknowledgement: This essay was submitted by Yohanna C. Brown for RentiPads.com Scholarship.