Originally Posted by MetroStyles
I mean basically I have lots of theories about human behavior and I want to test them via experiments...the kind you read about in your psych/sociology classes in college. What is the path to that?
I'd suggest conducting a thorough literature review of some of the areas you're interested in. Maybe you can access your alma matter's online psych databases. With thousands of articles published every year, chances are decent that there are a lot of answers to your questions out there already in obscure academic journals. Also, after you get some answers to your questions, you might be able to determine if your real interest is conducting
research or learning
about human nature, the latter of which could be accomplished in your free time, while the former will cost you about 6 years and 60,000 bones.
I hope I don't sound like a naysayer, but these programs are intense and it would be very wise to be sure you are 100% sure you want to spend your life conducting research before you apply to any schools. When I was at a research lab, I spent well over 50% of my time fiddling with raw data on a spreadsheet, not doing the creative work... so keep that in mind, too. But if it's your thing, go for it!