As the interest for knowledge has increased, the amount it is available has also risen with the availability levels. Majority of us have access to the internet, which gives us the chance to research anything we wish to know. This also applies to research findings found in psychology. There was a blog topic that I would have liked to cover, asking whether there is anything that psychology cannot test; so shouldn’t everything we test be available for everyone?
All research findings are published in a research report, to then be bound and available for other researchers to read, and gain knowledge for future research, but is this fair? As the need for knowledge has increased, more people wish to know about research, especially of which can have impact on their life. So should research be written in a different format for the “layman” to be able to read, or should it remain in the same format to drive people to enhance their learning skills to read to papers available?
On a further note, research finidngs are published in other forms due to the media; newspapers and magazine articles making important findings very easy for the working man to read. There is a large number of magazines that are specific to psychology and its findings (http://www.world-newspapers.com/psychology.html) and also sections in newspapers that are dedicated to health, covering many findings in psychology, such as the New York Times (http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/news/health/diseasesconditionsandhealthtopics/psychology_and_psychologists/index.html). These are all published, and available easily online, in the format for both the layman and scientist.
However, these articles are still published in a manor for individuals of a higher intelligence, therefore taking away from the layman. Although, this is npt always a bad thing. Psychology (as we all know too well) have APA formatting(http://webster.commnet.edu/apa/) that we have to abide by in all research papers, keeping things very structured. So personally, I do not think that this should change for non-scientists to read, even if it would make things easier for us to write.
To conclude, I think that psychologists should not change the format that they write in as it is down to each individual to read the available information. All the information is out there, on the internet or in the shops for us to enhance our own knowledge about the world. Research is generally stereotyped to the “scientists” rather than the “layman” anyway, as it is this group of people that strive for this information to further research, not just reading it for something interesting.