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date: 30 September 2020

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Despite psychology’s popularity as an undergraduate major and its support from federal funding agencies, it is not always accepted as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field. This paper considers several possible reasons for this situation such as public opinion regarding psychology as a science and the differences between the practice of psychology and research fields. The paper concludes with a discussion of the merits and problems associated with our image as a science and a series of steps that can be followed to advance psychology as a STEM field.

Keywords: STEM, psychology, practitioners, behavioral science, neuroscience

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