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Need Suggestions for a Psych Term Paper Project!

  1. girly_girl09 profile image78
    girly_girl09posted 8 years ago

    I need to do a research paper for a Psych 101 class. It's only 10 pages, but I can't decide on a topic.

    It can basically be about anything, I just have to relate it to Psychology in one way or another. It shouldn't be too hard to come up with a topic, in fact, I think my problem is that I can choose almost anything, so it's hard to decide on just one! big_smile

    Any suggestions for a topic that might catch my interest?

  2. Eaglekiwi profile image79
    Eaglekiwiposted 8 years ago

    How would Socrates live in modern day America?

    Looking at life through the mind of a five year old.

    If its true one in 5 people have a mental disorder,and four of your friends seem ok, whats that really mean?
    the stats are wrong or..(lol)...stats are silly

    Have the people of Katrina moved on ,how have they changed?

    My very best wishes,smile Ive got tons more,guess Im curious

  3. girly_girl09 profile image78
    girly_girl09posted 8 years ago

    Thanks! Those are definitely all really interesting questions. I really like the 5 year old one. I think I'll do a brief outline tonight to see what I could come up with.

    I would definitely like to do the Katrina one, but I think that could get really lengthy, to the tune of 30 pages once I started researching lots of different aspects. That'd mean a better grade for me, but I'd rather only write 10 pages so I have more time for HubPages! lol

  4. KCC Big Country profile image89
    KCC Big Countryposted 8 years ago

    I think Goldentoad would make good psychology paper material, but I doubt you could get far with only 10 pages to devote to it.  (You know I lurve ya, GT)

    What about the psychological aspects of writing and why writers chose writing as an outlet for emotions, etc.?

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    wordwizardposted 8 years ago

    I think you have to ask yourself what your strong points in terms of analyzing and interpreting given information. You could make the Katrina paper short spending on how much work you put into it ie. the depth of your research and the amount of referencing that you do. Clearly you would have something that could also be sociological because the effect of the hurricane displaced thousands, changed their lifestyles. Why not just limit your work to the increase of a certain mental disorder, or the increase of depression due to the displacement. Since depression is a mental affliction you could present data, showing the increased numbers of depressed patients in hospitals near those areas where the hurricane victims fled to.

  6. RooBee profile image77
    RooBeeposted 8 years ago

    I did a psych paper once on Psychosocial Dwarfism. It is actually pretty fascinating - sometimes reversible dwarfism that occurs as a result of emotional abuse and neglect.

    I like EagleKiwi's 5-year-old idea, too.

    I had wanted to do one about the cognitive effects of Meth on long-term users but that one was a little too ambitious as there weren't as many conclusive studies completed as I thought there would be.

    I see why you have a tough time choosing. There are endless possibilities, but I'm sure you'll pick a great one.

    Good luck! smile

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    aireannaposted 8 years ago

    My bachelor's degree is in behavioral science, and the choices for a research paper are endless it just depends upon what you want the focus of your paper to be about. I personally suggest find a topic that you are interested in writting about, and connect it to one on the principles of psychology. I'll give you a few suggestions of some favorite projects that I did for my psychology paper.

    1. In Abnormal Psychology, we had to pick a famous person from the past and do a research report diagnosising whether in present day they would be considered to have an abnormal behavior. I research one my favorite author's Jane Austen. She did not in my opnion have symptons of an abnormal behavior; although, it was an interesting project because some source thought she would be classified as having an abnormal behavior.

    2. For a social psychology class, I wrote about a curriculum that some schools were using to teach student social skills. This paper centered around the topic of social learning.

    3. Another paper that was really interesting to write was one on personality theories. I chose to do research on how student to teacher ratios in day care setting affect children's personality.

    Here are a couple other ideas:

    1. You stated you want to have more time for writting on hubpages how about doing a research paper with the topic of the social psychology of the hubpages community.

    2. Research a specific psychologist such as Freud, Carl Rogers, or etcetra. You could do the project on their historical contributions to psychology or could do it based upon how their personal backgrounds attributed to their philosophy and ideas pertaining to psychology. Interesting you will find that some psychologists had their own issues in childhood and life that shaped their ideals.

    Best wishes on writting your psychology paper.

  8. girly_girl09 profile image78
    girly_girl09posted 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the idea, guys!

  9. onthewriteside profile image62
    onthewritesideposted 8 years ago

    Here's one for you.  Try to explain why the majority of 1930's Germans couldn't see what was happening right before their eyes as Hitler continued to increase his power.  Then compare that to what is happening in the US, (with the Federal Government), right now.

    A brilliant quote sums it up...for both Dems an Reps, (they are both puppet parties):

    "America is the greatest country on Earth.  I hope you will join us as we strive to change it."
    -President (elect at the time) Barack Obama

  10. vkent7441 profile image55
    vkent7441posted 8 years ago

    Looks like you got a lot of good sugestions... like you said... there are many it's just finding one that can be hard. Make your outline on 5 topics and see which one beings about the most stimulating and diverse ideas and go from there. Starting with an outline and blossoming out from there is a great way to find a topic with loads of information.