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Constitutional Tension: The Role of Framing, Regulatory Focus, and Anticipated Emotion When Establishment and Free Exercise Norms Collide , Katherine Kimble
The Intersecting and Additive Nature of Vulnerability: Dehumanizing or Protecting? , Megan Berry-Cohen
Cognitive Effects of Alcohol Use and Sleep Disruption in College Students , Taylor English
Approaches for and Barriers to the Long-Term Execution of a Recovery-Oriented Rehabilitation Model of Treatment in a Community Day Psychiatric Rehabilitation Setting , Sarah Fischer
Victim or Offender? The Response to Sexually Exploited Minors , Taylor Petty
Targeted Violence on Campus: A Comparison of Exposure and Response to Bias and Otherwise Motivated Potential Pre-Incident Behavior on a College Campus , Kyle Siddoway
Individual Differences in Social Responsiveness, Social Experiences, and Oxytocin System Genetic Variation in Depression Symptom Severity , Grace Sullivan
Alcohol Use and History of Traumatic Brain Injury in College Students: An Analysis of Neuropsychological and Behavioral Factors , Jessie Tibbs
Symptom Presentation of Sexually Abused Youth: Associations with Abuse Attributions , Brittany Biles
Long-Term Behavioral Health Care Unbundled: The Impact of Comorbidity and Aggression on Caregiver Strain and Service Costs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities , Kristine Tevis
Creating a “Good” Olmstead Plan for People with Serious Mental Illness: An Empirical Evaluation of the Legal Frameworks , Andrea Avila
Neurophysiological Alterations Following Concussion: Controlling for the Injury Factor , Caitlin Masterson
Factors Associated with Return to a Child Advocacy Center for a Subsequent Sexual Abuse Allegation: A Longitudinal Analysis , Jessica Pogue
The Objectification Equation: How Objectifying Experiences Add Up to Subtract Women and Girls From Pursuing STEM , Abigail Rose Riemer
Increasing Students’ and New Professionals’ Knowledge of Child Sexual Abuse Outcomes: An Evaluation of an Online Intervention , Kate Theimer
Predictors of Return to Work after Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Evaluation for Prolonged Post-Concussion Symptoms , Michelle C. Capozzoli
Aging and Biases in Spatial Memory: A Dynamic Field Approach , Gregory J. DeGirolamo
PTSD and Dysfunctional Parenting: Emotional and Biological Mechanisms , Molly Franz
The Wounded Warrior: Resilience Factors Minimizing Suicide Risk in Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder , Christina Hein
How Can Teens Be Reasonable? Reasonable Expectations of Privacy in the Digital Age , Lori A. Hoetger
The Role of Visual and Verbal Processes in False Memory Susceptibility on the Misinformation Effect , John E. Kiat
CROSS-CUTTING MECHANISMS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO DEVELOPING ANXIETY-RELATED ALCOHOL USE PROBLEMS AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS , Vincenzo Roma
The Development of Case Conceptualization Ability in Clinical Psychology Graduate Students , Grant Shulman
The Influence of Father and Mother Involvement on Adolescent Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms , Chelsie D. Temmen
A Multifactorial Model of Threat Assessment Activity Applied to Educational Settings , Maria Rosa Viñas-Racionero
Weapon-involved Violence and Mental Illness: An Empirical Examination of the Policy Assumptions for Firearm and Other Dangerous Weapon Prohibitions , Heath J. Hodges
Effects of Peritraumatic Alcohol Intoxication on Intrusive Memories Following Exposure to an Analog Trauma , Anna E. Jaffe
N400, P600, and Late Sustained Frontal Positivity Event-Related Brain Potentials Reflect Distinct Psycholinguistic Processes During the Comprehension of Contextually Ambiguous Narrative Discourses: Implications for the Neural Organization of the Language Processing System , Patrick S. Ledwidge
Just here for moral support: A path analysis of depression and social support networks , Jordan E. Marshall
Early Head Start Home Visitor's Identification of Risk for Maltreatment , Alayna Schreier
Subjective Expected Utility and Sexual Coercive Behaviors: Examining the Role of Decision Processes, Alcohol Consumption, and Rape-Supportive Attitudes among College Males , Antover P. Tuliao
The Contribution of a Polygenic Risk Score to Individual Differences in Aggressive Behavior: The Moderating and Mediating Roles of Stressful Events , Christa C. Christ
Decision Making Theories of Retaliation , Katlyn S. Farnum
Sleep, Executive Control, and Psychopathology in Children: A Longitudinal Study and an Examination of Brief Sleep Treatment , Katherine M. Kidwell
Tired, Hungry, and Grumpy: Understanding the Direct and Indirect Relationships among Child Temperament, Sleep Problems, Feeding Styles, and Weight Outcomes , Alyssa Lundahl
Global/local processing in incidental perception of hierarchical structure , Mark S. Mills
Defining Dimensions In Schizotypy: Factor Structure Replication And External Validation Of The Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire – Brief Revised Updated (SPQ-BRU). , Elaina Montague
Predicting Sexual Revictimization in Childhood and Adolescence: A Prospective Examination Using Ecological Systems Theory , Samantha L. Pittenger
Examination of Methamphetamine Reinstatement in Female and Male Rats: A Pre-Clinical Model of Relapse , Steven T. Pittenger
Premature Termination of Outpatient Psychotherapy: Predictors, Reasons, and Outcomes , Kristin N. Anderson
Sexual Minority Stigma and System Justification Theory: How Changing the Status Quo Impacts Marriage and Housing Equality , Jordan A. Blenner
DOUBLE DISSOCIATION OF THE ANTERIOR AND POSTERIOR DORSOMEDIAL CAUDATE-PUTAMEN IN THE ACQUISITION AND EXPRESSION OF ASSOCIATIVE LEARNING WITH THE NICOTINE STIMULUS , Sergios Charntikov
Self-Protective Behaviors and Campus Threat Assessment , Sarah Hoff
Exposure and responses to pre-incident behavior in a college student sample , Brandon A. Hollister
Escalating risk and the moderating effect of resistance to peer influence on the P200 and feedback-related negativity , John Kiat, Elizabeth Straley, and Jacob Cheadle
A Comparison Between Telehealth and Face-to-Face Brief Alcohol Interventions for College Students , Sarah Christine King
Construction of an Anti-Mexican American Bias Scale and Its Validation , Leslie N. Martinez
Avoidance as an Explanatory Mechanism for Poor Outcomes in Treatment for Substance Use Disorders , Andrew Oakland
Parenting Young Children in Contemporary Chinese Society: A Mixed Methods Study , Lixin Ren
Stress and Eyewitness Memory: Timing of Stressor and Association with Cortisol Stress Responding , Timothy Ryan Robicheaux
Mixed-Effects Location-Scale Models for Conditionally Normally Distributed Repeated-Measures Data , Ryan Walters
Who’s to Blame? Blame Attributions and Obesity-related Law and Policy , Lindsey E. Wylie
A Quantitative Analysis of the Value-Enhancing Effects of Nicotine, Bupropion, and Varenicline in Male and Female Rats , Scott Barrett
The Effect of Yoga Lessons on Young Children's Executive Functioning , Heidi L. Beattie
Event-Related Potential Correlates of Social and Nonsocial Cognitive Processes Related to Schizotypy , Charles A. Davidson
Procedural Due Process in Modern Problem-Solving Courts: An Application of the Asymmetric Immune Knowledge Hypothesis , Leah C. Georges
Understanding the Role of Trust in Cooperation with Natural Resources Institutions , Joseph A. Hamm
Effects of Alcohol Intoxication and Neurocognitive Processing on Intimate Partner Aggression , Rosalita C. Maldonado
Executive Control in Hispanic Children: Considering Linguistic and Sociocultural Factors , Miriam M. Martinez
The Effects of Alcohol Intoxication and Cognitive Emotion Regulation Strategies on Lab-Based Partner Aggression , Laura E. Watkins
Sex Ratios and Gender Role Perceptions , Elizabeth A. Boger
Pathways to Social Functioning via Emotion Regulation in People with Serious Mental Illness , Hayden C. Bottoms
Jurors’ Subjective Certainty and Standards of Proof: The Role of Emotion and Severity of Charge in Subjective Probability Judgment , Yimoon Choi
Peer Support for Consumers with Psychosis , Elizabeth Ann Cook
Targeted Threats: An Examination of Thematic Content and Approach Behavior Displayed by Mentally Ill and Non-Mentally Ill Contactors , Charles D. Darrow
The Role of Emotion in Environmental Decision Making , Hannah Dietrich
Depression and diabetes comorbidity: Psychotherapy treatment preferences among a predominantly Mexican sample of primary care patients with diabetes. , Maria José Herrera
Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Correlates of Stalking and Intrusive Harassment. , Allissa Marquez
Toughness Predicts Performance In College Football , Joseph B. Rigoni
Social Affiliation: A Model of Anxious Avoidance in Women , Milena Stoyanova
SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION HISTORY AND VISUAL ATTENTIONAL BIAS FOR EMOTIONAL PICTURES IN COLLEGE WOMEN , Renu A. Thomas
Feedback-Related Negativity, Decision-Making, and College Binge Drinking , Laura C. Wahlstrom
THE REMINISCENCE EFFECT IN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY AND TESTS OF ITS PROMINENT ACCOUNTS , Justin T. Coleman
A Test of a Conceptual Model of Sexual Self-Concept and its Relation to Other Dimensions of Sexuality , Arielle R. Deutsch
The Role of Engagement Across Conceptually Distinct Treatment Elements for Social Anxiety Disorder , Timothy M. Emge
Psychotherapy Clients’ Online Behavior and Opinions Regarding Internet Searches Conducted by Therapists , Emily B. Gale
Motivation & Loss Aversion in the Health Savings Account Paradigm , Michael Holtje
LATINO ADOLESCENT ADJUSTMENT: AN EXAMINATION OF CULTURAL VALUES , Maria I. Iturbide
MAKING A LARGE CLASS FEEL SMALL USING SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY: INTRODUCING TEAMS TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE AND LEARNING IN A LARGE-ENROLLMENT COURSE , Bethany Johnson
Dimensions of Individuals' Judgements about Sexual Attraction, Romantic Attachment, and Sexual Orientation , Luis F. Morales Knight
Love Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry, But What About Malpractice? A Look at Verbal and Nonverbal Factors Affecting Perceptions of Apologies in a Medical Malpractice Case , Sarah Thimsen
Adolescent Decision Making and Risk Behavior: A Neurobiological Approach , Jennifer M. Wolff
The Development of Future Orientation: Underpinnings and Related Constructs , Sarah J. Beal
Juror Perceptions of Juveniles Transferred to Criminal Court: The Role of Generic Prejudice and Emotion in Determinations of Guilt , Megan Beringer Jones
Adapting an Evidence-Based Intervention to Improve Social and Behavioral Competence in Head Start Children: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Teacher-Child Interaction Training , Christopher Campbell
When knowing just isn't enough: Examining the role of moral emotions in health decision making using the Theory of Planned Behavior , Kate Duangdao
Reassessing the Architecture of the Health Beliefs Models in Low-Income Diverse Families , Krista B. Highland
Why Confronting Sexism Works: Applying Persuasion Theories to Confronting Sexism , Amy Hillard
Child/Adolescent Sexual Abuse and Alcohol: Proposed Pathways to Problematic Drinking in College via PTSD Symptoms, Emotion Dysregulation, and Dissociative Tendencies , Alicia K. Klanecky
Policy and practice: an analysis of the implementation of supported employment in Nebraska , Heng-Hsian N. Liu
Interpersonal Aggression Perpetration: Static and Emotion Regulation Risk Factors , Jill Panuzio
The Recovery of Cognitive and Social Cognitive Functioning in Response to Social Cognition Interaction Training Administered in Community Settings: A Longitudinal Study , Lena Reddy
Examining Physiological, Physical, and Cognitive Changes Over a Thirteen Week Training Program , Vanessa L. Roof
Visual Attention and Social Anxiety: Oculomotor Behavior when Threatened , Jacqueline S. Singh
Exploratory Analyses Of A Developmental Conceptualization of Insight And Treatment Outcomes Of Individuals With Serious Mental Illness in Psychiatric Rehabilitation , Ashley R. Wynne
Predicting Problematic Approach Behavior Toward Politicians: Exploring the Potential Contributions of Control Theory , Douglas Owen Cacialli
Is Everyone Rated Equal? An Examination of Factors Related to Sexual Risk in Ethnically Diverse Male Adolescents Who Have Sexually Offended , Veronica Chavez
THE INFLUENCE OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE ON LONGITUDINAL COURSE OF RECOVERY IN PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION , Kee-Hong Choi
The Instructional and Emotional Quality of Parent-Child Book Reading and Early Head Start Children’s Learning Outcomes , Keely D. Cline
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Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.
Examining Factors Impacting the Service Needs of Unhoused Women , Holly Brott
Main, Mediated, and Moderated Effects of Participating in an After-School Social and Emotional Learning Program on Young Children's Development of Social-Emotional Skills , Amy L. Cordier
Who Puts the "Support" in Supportive Housing? The Impact of Housing Staff on Resident's Well-Being, and the Potential Moderating Role of Self-Determination , Kenna Estell Dickard
Tell Me, Do You Feel It Too? A Meta-analysis of Dyadic Emotional Contagion in the Workplace , Stefanie Fox
Left on "Read" and All Alone: Instigated Cyber Incivility, Shame, and Experienced Ostracism at Work , Alison Lucia Hunt
Exploring Associations between Military Identity and Well-being Outcomes among Post-9/11 Veterans after Separation , James David Lee
Experiences of People with Serious Mental Illness Seeking Services at Community Mental Health Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic , Emily Leickly
Why So Serious? Using the Belongingness Need Tenet from the Self-Determination Theory to Examine Workplace Humor and Its Outcomes , Katharine Lucille McMahon
Diversity in Recruitment: The Role of Realistic Website Job Previews for Racial and Ethnic Minority Applicants , Jennifer Saucedo
Antecedents of FSSB: Evaluating the Demographic Basis of Support , Erika Ann Schemmel
A Daily Investigation of the Recovery Paradox: Examining the Dynamic Interplay of Workload, Recovery Experiences, and Microbreaks , Morgan Rose Taylor
Not on the Menu: Customer Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry , Fernanda Wolburg Martinez
Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022
Model.Disclose(): Examination of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Disclosure at Work , Timothy Allen Carsey
Transforming Learning Communities, Transforming Ourselves: A Qualitative Investigation of Identity Processes in a Participatory Action Research-themed Undergraduate Course , Julia Sara Dancis
Clarifying and Measuring Inclusive Leadership , Kelly Mason Hamilton
Intersections of Masculinity, Culturally Relevant Factors, and Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration Among Asian American Men , Jason Z. Kyler-Yano
Sleeping to Support: An Examination of the Relationship Between Leader Sleep and Positive Support Behaviors , Jordyn Jan Leslie
Work-Related IPV Among Latinos: Exploring the Roles of Fatherhood Status, Gendered Expectations, and Support for Intimate Partner's Employment , Adrian Luis Manriquez
Masculinity Instability and Ideologies as Predictors of IPV Perpetration: The Mediating Role of Relationship Power , Emma Christine Marioles O'Connor
The Benefits of Social Support on Health and Well-Being in Military Populations: Examining Mechanisms, Source of Support, and the Reach of a Workplace Well-Being Intervention , AnnaMarie Sophia O'Neill
Do Motives Matter? The Role of Motivation in Shaping the Impact of Mindfulness Training on Teachers' Psychological Distress and Wellbeing , Cristi N. Pinela
Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021
The Longitudinal Effects of a Family and Sleep Supportive Intervention on Service Member Anger and Resilience , Shalene Joyce Allen
Drug Conviction and Employment Restriction: Experiences of Employees with Drug-Related Criminal Histories , Liana Bernard
Sustaining Boys' Motivation Over the Transition to Middle School: Can Interpersonal Resources Protect Boys from Engagement Declines Across Sixth Grade? , Brandy Anne Brennan
Returning to Rejection: Outcomes and Boundary Conditions of Mental Illness Stereotypes , Stefanie Fox
Guarding Against Strain: The Moderating Role of Nonwork Experiences in the Relationship Between Work-Related Hypervigilance and Strain in Correctional Officers , Samantha Getzen
Anti-Muslim Bias: Investigating Individual Differences, Threat Perceptions, and Emotions in Islamophobic Policy Support , Aeleah M. Granger
Black Children's Development of Self-Regulation within Stressful Contexts of Parenting: Investigating Potential Buffering Effects of a Kindergarten Social-Emotional Learning Program , Eli Labinger
"Like I Was an Actual Researcher": Participation and Identity Trajectories of Underrepresented Minority and First-Generation STEM Students in Research Training Communities of Practice , Jennifer Lynn Lindwall
Claiming Miscommunication to Justify Rape: The Role of Liking the Perpetrator , Alyssa Marie Glace Maryn
An "I" for an "I" : A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Instigated and Reciprocal Incivility , Lauren Sarah Park
Parenting and Children's Academic Coping as a Dynamic System: Feedforward, Feedback, and Mediators of Changes Across the School Year , Kristen Elizabeth Raine
Does Experiencing Spousal Support and Strain Impact the Quality of Family-Based Support that Supervisors Provide to Employees? , Joseph Alvin Sherwood
"B-ing Flexible" : Examining Creativity in Bisexual Employees , Megan Jane Snoeyink
Exploring the Relationships Between Community Experiences and Well-Being among Youth Experiencing Homelessness , Katricia Stewart
Mothers' Drinking Motives , Sheila Kathleen Umemoto
An Examination of Nurses' Schedule Characteristics, Recovery from Work, and Well-Being , Sarah Elizabeth Van Dyck
Preventing Sexual Violence Through Understanding Perceptions of Sexual Offenders , Judith G. Zatkin
Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020
Examining Employee Needs at Work and Home: a Self-Determination Theory Perspective , Dana Anuhea Auten
Trajectories, Time Windows, and Alternative Pathways of Engagement: Motivational Resources Underlying Academic Development during Middle School , Heather Anne Brule
Examining Mindfulness Training for Teachers: Theoretical and Methodological Extensions of Intervention Effectiveness , Jaiya Rae Choles
Detecting Reinforcement Patterns in the Stream of Naturalistic Observations of Social Interactions , James Lamar DeLaney 3rd
An Investigation of the Temporal Relationship Between Agitation and Sleep Disturbances , Emily Catherine Denning
Peers' Academic Coping as a Resource for Academic Engagement and Motivational Resilience in the First Year of Middle School , Daniel Lee Grimes
Home Resources Supporting Workplace Resources: an Investigation of Moderated Intervention Effects From the Study for Employment Retention of Veterans (SERVe) , Sarah Nielsen Haverly
"It Puts a Face to All the Knowledge We've Gotten" : a Program of Research on Intimate Partner Violence Surrogate Impact Panels , Kate Louise Sackett Kerrigan
A Daily Examination of Anger and Alcohol Use Among Post-9/11 Veterans , James David Lee
An Examination of Daily Family-Supportive Supervisor Behaviors, Perceived Supervisor Responsiveness and Job Satisfaction , Luke Daniel Mahoney
Nurse Can't Even: the Immediate Impact of Incivility on Affect, Well-being, and Behavior , Katharine Lucille McMahon
Perceptions of Police Use of Force at the Intersection of Race and Pregnancy , Emma Elizabeth Lee Money
The Impact of Paternal Caregivers for Youth Who Commit Sexual Offenses , Miranda Hope Sitney
Human Energy in the Workplace: an Investigation of Daily Energy Management Strategies, Job Stressors and Employee Outcomes , Morgan Rose Taylor
Individual and Community Supports that Impact Community Inclusion and Recovery for Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses , Rachel Elizabeth Terry
Investigating Sexual Fantasy and Sexual Behavior in Adolescent Offenders , Hayley Lauren Tews
Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019
Integrating Work Ability into the Organizational Science Literature: Advancing Theory and Developing the Nomological Network , Grant Brady
Family Linked Workplace Resources and Contextual Factors as Important Predictors of Job and Individual Well-being for Employees and Families , Jacquelyn Marie Brady
The Role of Teacher Autonomy Support Across the Transition to Middle School: its Components, Reach, and Developmental Effects , Julia Sara Dancis
Does X Mark the Applicant? Assessing Reactions to Gender Non-Binary Job Seekers , Kelly Mason Hamilton
Urbanicity as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Stigma and Well-being Outcomes for Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses , Emily Leickly
The Relationship Between Undergraduate Research Training Programs and Motivational Resources for Underrepresented Minority Students in STEM: Program Participation, Self-efficacy, a Sense of Belonging, and Academic Performance , Jennifer Lindwall
Perceived Partner Responsiveness, Sleep and Pain: a Dyadic Study of Military-Connected Couples , AnnaMarie Sophia O'Neill
Recruitment Marketing: How Do Wellness and Work-Life Benefits Influence Employer Image Perceptions, Organizational Attraction, and Job Pursuit Intentions? , Amy Christine Pytlovany
The Combined Effects of Parent and Teacher Involvement on the Development of Adolescents' Academic Engagement , Nicolette Paige Rickert
Examining the Development and Classroom Dynamics of Student Disaffection Over Multiple Time Periods: Short-term Episodes and Long-term Trajectories , Emily Anne Saxton
Drinking on a Work Night: a Comparison of Day and Person-Level Associations with Workplace Outcomes , Brittnie Renae Shepherd
Development and Validation of the Workplace Mental Illness Stigma Scale (W-MISS) , Nicholas Anthony Smith
Relational Thriving in Context: Examining the Roles of Gratitude, Affectionate Touch, and Positive Affective Variability in Health and Well-Being , Alicia Rochelle Starkey
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse and Juvenile Offending Through Parental Monitoring , Kelly E. Stewart
"To Call or Not to Call?" The Impact of Supervisor Training on Call Center Employee Attitudes and Well-Being , Whitney Elan Schneider Vogel
Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018
The Impact of Leader Race and Gender on Perceptions of Organizations in Response to Corporate Error , Nicolas Derek Brown
Impacts of Mindfulness Training on Mechanisms Underlying Stress Reduction in Teachers: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial , Jaiya Rae Choles
Student Motivation Profiles as a Diagnostic Tool to Help Teachers Provide Targeted Support , Cailin Tricia Currie
Insufficient Effort Responding on Mturk Surveys: Evidence-Based Quality Control for Organizational Research , Lee Cyr
Affirmative Consent Endorsement and Peer Norms Supporting Sexual Violence Among Vulnerable Students on College Campuses , Alyssa Marie Glace
Gendered Partner-Ideals, Relationship Satisfaction, and Intimate Partner Violence , Sylvia Marie Ferguson Kidder
Organizational Calling and Safety: the Role of Workload and Supervisor Support , Layla Rhiannon Mansfield
Bystander Intervention to Prevent Campus Sexual Violence: the Role of Sense of Community, Peer Norms, and Administrative Responding , Erin Christine McConnell
Benevolent Sexism and Racial Stereotypes: Targets, Functions, and Consequences , Jean Marie McMahon
Perceived Overqualification and Withdrawal Among Seasonal Workers: Would Work Motivation Make a Difference? , Anthony Duy Nguyen
Differential Well-Being in Response to Incivility and Surface Acting among Nurses as a Function of Race , Lauren Sarah Park
Financial Strain and the Work-Home Interface: a Test of the Work-Home Resources Model from the Study for Employment Retention of Veterans (SERVe) , MacKenna Laine Perry
Neighbor Perceptions of Psychiatric Supportive Housing : the Role of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors , Amy Leigh Shearer
The Role of Caregiver Disruption in the Development of Juvenile Sexual Offenders , Miranda Sitney
Intrapersonal and Social-Contextual Factors Related to Psychological Well-being among Youth Experiencing Homelessness , Katricia Stewart
Age-based Differences in the Usefulness of Resources: a Multi-Study Investigation of Work and Well-being Outcomes , Lale Muazzez Yaldiz
Pathways to Kindergarten Growth: Synthesizing Theories of the Kindergarten Transition to Support Children's Development , Rita Yelverton
Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017
The Force of Manhood: the Consequences of Masculinity Threat on Police Officer Use of Force , Aurelia Terese Alston
Supervisor Mindfulness and Its Association with Leader-Member Exchange , Dana Anuhea Auten
Combat Experiences, Iso-strain, and Sleep Quality Affect Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress among Working Post-9/11 Veterans , Gilbert Patrick Brady Jr.
A Study of Shame-proneness, Drinking Behaviors, and Workplace Role Ambiguity Among a Sample of Student Workers , Sarah Nielsen Haverly
Intraminority Support For and Participation In Race-Based Collective Action Movements: an Intersectional Perspective , Jaboa Shawntaé Lake
Patients and Nurses and Doctors Oh My!: Nurse Retention from a Multi-Foci Aggression Perspective , Kevin Oliver Novak
Intimate Partner Violence Impact Panels for Batterer Intervention: a Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Restorative Justice Process , Kate Louise Sackett
Investigating the Relationship Between Supervisor Status and the Modus Operandi of Juvenile Sexual Offenders: a Routine Activity Theory Perspective , Kelly E. Stewart
The Influence of Sense of Community on the Relationship Between Community Participation and Recovery for Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses , Rachel Elizabeth Terry
Profiles of School Readiness and Implications for Children's Development of Academic, Social, and Engagement Skills , Elizabeth Jane Tremaine
Capturing Peers', Teachers', and Parents' Joint Contributions to Students' Engagement: an Exploration of Models , Justin William Vollet
Sleep and Young Children's Development of Self-Regulation and Academic Skills , Emily Michelle Weiss
Examining the Structure of the Modus Operandi Questionnaire for Adult & Juvenile Sex Offenders , Judith Gayle Zatkin
Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016
A Meta-Analysis of the Nomological Network of Work Ability , Grant Brady
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Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.
Improving the Subjective Well-Being of Autistic Youth Utilizing a Positive Psychology Intervention , Nicolette Bauermeister
An Experimental Study of Negative Performance Feedback: Consideration of a Cognitive Pathway and Individual Difference Factors , Ansley M. Bender
A Critical Analysis of the Graduate Socialization of Racially Minoritized School Psychology Students , Tatiana J. Broughton
The Influence of COVID-19 on Tobacco Racial Health Disparities: Testing the Differential Effects of COVID-19 on Smoking Motivation Variables across Black and White Smokers , Patricia F. Calixte-Civil
An Evaluation of Measurement Invariance of DSM-5 Borderline Personality Disorder Criteria Across Heterosexual, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults , E. Elisa Carsten
The Development of a Behaviorally Based Mentoring Workplace Scale , Christina N. Falcon
Examining the Role of Executive Functions on the Intention-Behavior Gap of Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy Use , Becky K. Gius
Planning to Behave Impulsively to Feel Better: An EMA Study of College Students' Nonsuicidal Self-Injury, Binge Eating, and Exercise Behaviors , Rose H. Miller
The Effects of Divided Attention in Free Recall: Affecting Trace Accumulation by Dividing Attention , Anne Olsen
Investigating Risk Factors of the Development of Compulsive Exercise and Eating Disorder Symptoms in College Students , Madeline Palermo
Invisible Families, Clear Consequences: Work-Family Integration Among Employees in Same Gender Presenting Romantic Relationships , Joseph Regina
Threats to School Safety: Examining Levels of Community Violence and Its Relation to School-Related Threats , Dorie Ross
Observed Error Monitoring as an Index of Theory of Mind , Kipras Varkala
I'll Make a Man Out of You: Precarious Manhood Beliefs among Heterosexual-Cisgender Men and Queer Men , Serena L. Wasilewski
Temporal and Spatial Properties of Orientation Summary Statistic Representations , Jacob S. Zepp
Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022
Boredom, Interoceptive Ability, and Emotional Eating , Erica Ahlich
Environmental Transmission of Career Interests Through a Genetic Lens: Understanding the Confounding Around Parental Occupation , Tyler Allan
Do Suicide Attempt Survivors Have Reduced Long-Term Well-Being? A Study of Veterans Across Three Nationally Representative Cohorts , Bradley A. Brown
Depersonalized, Dysregulated, and Demanded: The Impact of Burnout on Appraisal and Emotional Events , Katrina M. Conen
Breast Health Esteem to Motivate Breast Health Behavioral Intentions: An Application of the Terror Management Health Model , Emily P. Courtney
Gender Differences in College Drinkers: The Role of Masculine Norms , Jared A. Davis
Prevalence and Predictors of Careless Responding in Experience Sampling Research , Alexander J. Denison
Perceptions of Workplace Discrimination: A Closer Look , Jeremiah Doaty
The Impact of Cannabis on Motivational Processes for Smoked Tobacco and Cigarettes , Claire M. Gorey
Outcomes of a Telehealth Adaptation of a Trauma-Based Parent Training Program , Holland Hayford
Why Don’t They Just Ask?: Barriers to Directly Requesting Affirmative Sexual Consent by Gender and Sexual Orientation , Jessica A. Jordan
Examining the Social Validity of Parent Training: Post-Participation Parent Perceptions and Reflections of Group Triple P , Nycole C. Kauk
Individual Differences in Response to Hostile and Benevolent Sexism in a STEM Interview Context: The Moderating Role of Behavioral Activation , Elizabeth Kiebel
Do Sociability Expectancies Moderate Social Anxiety Predicting Alcohol Consumption Following a Social Stressor Speech Task , Jacob A. Levine
An Object for Sexual Pleasure: Does Viewing Sexualized Media Predict Increases in Self and Partner Objectification Impacting Feelings of Sexual and Romantic Closeness? , Kaitlyn Ligman
Influences of Sentence Context and Individual Differences in Lexical Quality on Early Phonological Processing during Silent Reading , Sara Milligan
Testing the Effects of Social Exclusion on Emotional Arousal: An Examination of the Effects of Psychological Pain and Rumination , Amanda L. Peterson
Creating a Short, Public-Domain Version of the CPAI-2: Using an Algorithmic Approach to Develop Public-Domain Measures of Indigenous Personality Traits , Mukhunth Raghavan
Equitable Implementation of the Good Behavior Game , Faith D. Reynolds
Ethnic-Racial Minoritized Adolescents’ Perceptions of Cyberhate, School Connectedness, Ethnic-Racial Identity, and Life Satisfaction , Alexis Taylor
Predicting Future Well-Being Among United States Youth Who Attempted Suicide and Survived , Bingjie Tong
Approach and Avoidance Food Craving: A Dual Cue Reactivity Investigation , Christina Lee Verzijl
Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021
School Professional Coaching on Facilitation of Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR) Model for Students with Persistent Problem Behavior , Rachel Ayres
Influencing Motivation for Alcohol through Social Bonding , Bryan Benitez
Case Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis: Using a Desensitization Procedure to Decrease Problem Behavior Towards Peers and Using a Treatment Package to Increase Time Spent in a Small Group , Mallamy I. Camargo Pena
Testing the Congruence of Espousals and Enactments Predicting Team Innovation , Rylan M. Charlton
The General Psychopathology Factor ( p ) From Adolescence to Adulthood: Disentangling the Developmental Trajectories of p Using a Multi-Method Approach , Alexandria M. Choate
An Ecological Momentary Assessment of Disordered Eating Behaviors within Alcohol Use Episodes: Determining Temporal Sequencing in Food and Alcohol Disturbance , Emily M. Choquette
The Influence of Maternal Body-Shaming Comments and Bodily Shame on Portion Size , Savannah R. Flak
Mental Health Problems, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Offending Behavior Among Persons Incarcerated in a County Jail , Lauren F. Fournier
The Adaptive, Social, Communication, and Cognitive Skills of Monolingual and Bilingual Toddlers with Autism , Marcela A. Galicia
Good Intentions Go Awry: Investigation of Unhelpful Supportive Leadership , Cheryl E. Gray
Hello Traitor: An Examination of Individual Differences in Perceptions of Technology-Related Incivility , David J. Howard
Measuring State Empathy: Exploring the Efficacy of a Film Clip Task and Examining Individual Differences in Empathic Responding , Stephanie R. Hruza
The Relationship of Hope to Goals and Psychological Outcomes in Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer: A Test of Hope Theory , Kelly A. Hyland
Decisions and How Doctors Make Them: Modeling Multilevel Decision-Making within Diagnostic Medicine , Michelle S. Kaplan
Cultural Values as a Moderator of the Emotion Suppression to Strain Relationship: A Comparison of Two Dominant Theoretical Mechanisms , Roxanne C. Lawrence
How Enduring is Global Precedence? , Jong Lee
Cool Under Fire: Psychopathic Traits and Decision-Making in Law Enforcement-Oriented Populations , Sean J. McKinley
Cognitive Ability and Ambivalence toward Alcohol: An Examination of Working Memory Capacity’s Influence on Drinking Behavior , Emily T. Noyes
The Relationship Between Parenting Stress, Attendance, and Attrition in a Group-Based Parent Management Training Program , David Rubio Jr.
Unintended Consequences? Testing the Effects of Adolescent-Targeted Anti-Vaping Media upon Adult Smokers , Leslie E. Sawyer
“Just Joking”: Women’s Cardiovascular Responses to Sexist Humor , Samantha Shepard
Negative Performance Feedback and the Self-Regulatory Benefits of Mindfulness , Jeremiah Slutsky
Examining the Potential Interactions of Expectancies and Disordered Eating Behavior , Cody B. Staples
The nature of resilience: A person-centered approach using latent profile analysis , Yuejia Teng
Evaluation of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) Fit Indices in Distinguishing between Circumplex and Other Factor Models , Andrew J. Thurston
Comparison of Parameter Estimation Approaches for Multi-Unidimensional Pairwise Preference Tests , Naidan Tu
Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020
The Impact of Cues on Autobiographical Memory Recall in Depression , Ena Begovic
Perfectionism, Negative Life Events, and Cognitive Appraisal: A Contextual Model of Perfectionism’s Maladaptive Nature , Ansley M. Bender
The Effect of Acute Interpersonal Racial Discrimination on Smoking Motivation and Behavior among Black Smokers , Patricia F. Calixte-Civil
Parent Coping and Sibling Relationship Quality in Pediatric Cancer: The Moderating Effects of Parental Emotion Socialization Beliefs , Esther Davila
Higher Sense of Control Predicts Long-term Well-being After Depression , Andrew R. Devendorf
Villains or Vermin? The Differential Effects of Discrimination and Dehumanization on Immigrant Cardiovascular Responses , Mona El-Hout
Alcohol Expectancy Associates as a Probe of the Motivational Processes that Lead to Drinking , Daniel C. Faraci
Features of borderline personality and related psychopathologies as a contemporaneously and temporally connected network , Haya Fatimah
Editing the Self Away: The Effects of Photo Manipulation on Perceptions of the Self , Roxanne N. Felig
Motivation Matters: The Interaction of Approach and Avoidance Alcohol Motivation and Self-Control Demands in College Drinkers , Becky K. Gius
Facilitators and Barriers to Treatment Engagement in a Behavioral Parent Training Program , Holland Hayford
Effects of Inter-Male Status Challenge and Psychopathic Traits on Sexual Aggression , Amy M. Hoffmann
If at First You Don’t Succeed...Your Coworkers Just Might Be Pleased: A Story of Workplace Schadenfreude , Kim Johnson
Motivation to Volunteer , Lendi N. Joy
Exploration of Drive for Leanness in Relation to Drives for Thinness and Muscularity, as well as their Concurrent Associations with Health-Related Outcomes , Brittany Lang
Affect and Craving: Examining the Differential Influences of Positive and Negative Affect on Inclinations to Approach and Avoid Alcohol Use , Jacob A. Levine
Threat-Induced Alterations in Cognition and Associations with Disinhibited Behavior , Julia B. McDonald
A Prospective Examination of Psychosocial Outcomes Following Gynecomastia Surgery , D. Luis Ordaz
Assessing the Impacts of Sensorimotor Stimuli and Nicotine Content on Cravings and Other Outcomes of E-Cigarette Use , Amanda M. Palmer
The Threat of Virality: Digital Outrage Combats the Spread of Opposing Ideas , Curtis Puryear
Why Are Women Leaving STEM? An Examination of Workplace Rivalry , Joseph Regina
A Fidelity-based Integration Model for Explicit and Implicit Ensemble Coding , Ke Tong
Care in Context: Constructing a Theory of Care in One Fifth Grade Classroom , Emily J. Wingate
Depression, Music Choice, and Affective Outcomes in Daily Life , Sunkyung Yoon
The Immediate Effect of a Brief Mindfulness Intervention on Attention and Acceptance , Xiaoqian Yu
Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019
Understanding the Mechanisms Between Job Stress and Employee Sleep: A Daily Diary Study , Marijana L. Arvan
The Effects of Mortality Salience on Interest in Death (and Life) Among High Openness Individuals , Patrick Boyd
Linking Sleep and Aggression: The Role of Response Inhibition and Emotional Processing , Melanie L. Bozzay
Mapping Reward Values to Cues, Locations, and Objects: The Influence of Reward Associations on Visual Attention , Constanza de Dios
From C++ to Conscientiousness: Modeling the Psychosocial Characteristics Influencing Cybersecurity Personnel Performance , Rachel C. Dreibelbis
Personality and Process: The Role of Dyadic Homophily , Christina N. Falcon
Why Does Coaching Work? An Examination of Inputs and Process Variables in an Employee Coaching Program , Sarah E. Frick
Examining the Effect of Context on Responses to Social Interaction , Renee R. Hangartner
Women’s Orgasm Gap as a Function of Precarious Manhood , Jessica A. Jordan
Collaboration: Who, When, and Why to Work Together , Michelle S. Kaplan
Prejudice Asymmetry: The Cultural Acceptance of Sexism , Sophie Kuchynka
Linking Trait-Based Influences with Proximal, Contextually Driven Processes to Understand the Relationship Between Alcohol Use and Risk Behavior , Patrick M. Logan
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The effect of sentence complexity on processing depth: a text change detection study using garden paths , a connectionist approach to causal learning , the effects of late non-proficient bilingualism and a year abroad on executive functioning , investigating the role of social media addiction in the relationship between impulsivity and disordered eating , the effect of healthy adult ageing and cognitive reserve on specific theory of mind abilities , investigating the effects of social exclusion on a child's tendency to imitate grammatical syntax , developing empathy in the digital age: the relationship between social media usage and empathic accuracy scores in young adolescents , can we learn to be more conscientious a behavioural intervention study using goal setting theory as motivation , real ghost stories: how do psychics construct their personal experiences as genuine , stepping into the shoes of another: how attachment security and parental mind-mindedness impacts the development of adolescent empathic accuracy , miraculous cures: how do individuals justify their beliefs in the authenticity and miraculous quality of faith healing cures , the brief acceptance measure: developing & testing a brief measure of psychological flexibility suitable for daily use , do garden path sentences affect the depth of semantic processing a change detection study , collaboration and emotional self-management in moba gamers , the effect of exercise on cognitive functioning in static and strategic sport , investigating human scale judgement , impulsivity in cognitive estimation formation and the influence of age , l2 response planning: effect of content and length predictability , can self-perception, personality, age, gender and duration predict addictive social media use in university students , investigating the effects of resilience, loneliness and neuroticism on social media addiction .
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100 Psychology Thesis Topics for 2023
Students know the importance of developing great psychology dissertation topics for a graduate assignment. However, many don’t have the time to brainstorm ideas that meet the requirements their professors expect. We’ve done a lot of the heavy lifting and have put together a list of 100 psychology thesis topics suitable for several situations. Feel free to pick a topic and start writing your thesis proposal .
General Psychology Topics for High School
- Give five top reasons why you would want to become a psychologist.
- What kind of influence has psychology research had in other sciences?
- Why are teenagers at higher risk of developing an eating disorder?
- How are phobias developed in children under the age of twelve?
- In what ways did Pavlov’s conditioning experiment contribute to our understanding of addiction therapy?
Child Psychology Research Paper Topics
- What are the major differences between psychiatry and psychology?
- Discuss mental tools that can be used to determine when children are lying to adults.
- What were the ethical complications involve 12d in the Little Albert Experiment?
- What does research suggest is the origin of intelligence in children?
- How does emotional intelligence in children affect their learning abilities?
Cognitive Psychology Topics
- How did Alan Turing’s suggestion that the brain is an organized machine lead to computers?
- Do the “seven chunks of information” still hold through in research?
- Can we develop working memory to retain greater long-term memory?
- Can a person that has been convicted of a felony charge change into a law-abiding citizen?
- How can cognitive therapy be used to help patients suffering from emotional disorders?
Developmental Psychology Topics
- How do our perceptions of our experiences affect development in teenagers?
- What are the four levels of development and which is most important in children?
- Can a moral judgment be taught to toddlers who have latent reasoning skills?
- How are our personalities developed through the influence of others?
- Are children naturally beholden to one parent or the other?
Social Psychology Topics for College Students
- How are a person’s original opinions influenced by the opinions of larger groups?
- What psychological effects does spending too much time on social media have?
- How do social psychologists deal with aggression and violence in young adults?
- What impact has social psychology had on our understanding of online bullying?
- How do family dynamics change when a member of the immediate family dies?
Sports Psychology Research Topics
- Does aging have a bigger impact on retired athletes’ mental health than head trauma?
- How is mental health affected by long recovery schedules for serious body injuries?
- How does neuro-linguistic programming in professional athletes affect performance?
- How do professional athletes mentally prepare for competitions?
- How have approaches to sports training and preparation been affected by developments in psychology?
Controversial Topics in Psychology
- How did the Milgram Obedience Experiments of the 1960s help us understand how we view authority figures?
- How did the Stanford Experiment help further our knowledge of situational variables on human behavior?
- How did Harlow’s experiments of affection (especially the lack of affection) lead to advancements in child development theories?
- Does the implementation of capital punishment on sex offenders prevent them from committing a crime?
- What is the link between criminal acts and teenagers that were bullied?
Health Psychology Topics for College Students
- What impact do regular exercise and healthy eating have on mental health in young adults?
- How have the media’s depictions of body ideals have negatively impacted how young adults see themselves?
- What are the most effective strategies for getting people to develop healthy eating habits?
- What can local governments do to help people maintain mental health after a disaster?
- How do stress management techniques help people cope with difficult situations in the workplace?
More Controversial Psychology Topics
- What did the “lost in a mall” study lead to a better understanding of how memories are formed and stored?
- Why was were the Voodoo Correlation studies of the 1960s so controversial and what did they reveal about human behavior?
- What did showing a lack of affection in infants reveal about the need to nurture one’s young?
- What did the Kirsch Anti-Depressant reveal about the impact that harmless placebos have on humans?
- What are the potential risks of taking part in multiple health studies throughout a given year?
Great Educational Psychology Topics
- How can different technologies help students perform better at school?
- Does working in a small group help students retain more information?
- How does physical activity help students perform better on standardized tests?
- What psychological factors should teachers consider as they develop each year’s curriculum?
- In what ways do psychologists help develop confidence in students with learning disabilities?
Excellent Cultural Psychology Topics
- What are some of the most difficult cultural situations young people face?
- In what ways does developing culture roots with one’s family positively impact social behavior?
- What stresses do young people feel when they return to their native countries?
- What impact does cultural learning have on students in elementary school?
- How does family support help young people cope with difficult decisions?
Psychology Topics to Write About
- Why are adolescents more at risk of developing some type of eating disorder?
- What are the negative effects of insomnia in patients being treated in a medical facility?
- In what ways does group therapy positively impact a patient’s ability to overcome addiction?
- Why should therapists refrain from prescribing ADHD medications to children?
- What are the most effective ways of treating PTSD without using prescription medication?
Abnormal Psychology Topics
- What are the psychological effects of telling either a truth or a lie among young adults?
- What are the major causes of borderline personality disorder in teenagers?
- In what ways does the level of insanity change in patients under specific treatment?
- Why are some people more prone to suffer from personality disorders?
- Can the Oedipus complex first introduced by Freud be used in treatment today?
Developmental Psychology Research Topics
- What role does television media play in promoting violence in adults?
- What are the major psychological characteristics in a child prone to aggression?
- What are the major factors in sociopathic behavior among youth?
- What are some traditional ways of parenting that have been proven ineffective?
- What environmental factors increase the chances of child abuse by a parent?
Biological Psychology Topics
- How are cognitive diseases related to the development of certain disorders?
- How are our perceptions of the world around us affecting the way we behave?
- Can alcohol addiction and other drug-related dependencies be tied to genetics?
- Does biology prevent humans from experiencing a pure sense of free will?
- In what ways does functionalism play into biological psychology?
More Sports Psychology Topics
- What are the negative effects on the mind of exercising to lose weight?
- How is having a network of supporters important for athletic performance?
- How does the attention of PHDs affect the way people feel about sports?
- What impact do sports role models have on a youth’s development?
- Is the NCAA giving an adequate education to its student-athletes?
- What are the most effective ways of dealing with school bullying?
- What are the major causes of psychopathic tendencies in teenagers?
- How does our modern society deal with gender roles?
- What are the key characteristics that improve the abilities to learn a new language?
- Do children require a good foundation to excel academically?
Forensic Psychology Topics
- How can psychology be used to identify and put suspects on trial for certain crimes?
- How has forensic psychology assisted in the way we look at death penalty cases?
- Can psychotic disorders be reevaluated as a result of better psych understanding?
- Should mental diseases be considered in capital punishment cases?
- How would you evaluate the mitigating effects of capital cases in people?
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Whether you are writing a B.S. Degree Research Paper or completing a research report for a Psychology course, it is highly likely that you will need to organize your research paper in accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines. Here we discuss the structure of research papers according to APA style.
Major Sections of a Research Paper in APA Style
A complete research paper in APA style that is reporting on experimental research will typically contain a Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and References sections. 1 Many will also contain Figures and Tables and some will have an Appendix or Appendices. These sections are detailed as follows (for a more in-depth guide, please refer to " How to Write a Research Paper in APA Style ”, a comprehensive guide developed by Prof. Emma Geller). 2
What is this paper called and who wrote it? – the first page of the paper; this includes the name of the paper, a “running head”, authors, and institutional affiliation of the authors. The institutional affiliation is usually listed in an Author Note that is placed towards the bottom of the title page. In some cases, the Author Note also contains an acknowledgment of any funding support and of any individuals that assisted with the research project.
One-paragraph summary of the entire study – typically no more than 250 words in length (and in many cases it is well shorter than that), the Abstract provides an overview of the study.
What is the topic and why is it worth studying? – the first major section of text in the paper, the Introduction commonly describes the topic under investigation, summarizes or discusses relevant prior research (for related details, please see the Writing Literature Reviews section of this website), identifies unresolved issues that the current research will address, and provides an overview of the research that is to be described in greater detail in the sections to follow.
What did you do? – a section which details how the research was performed. It typically features a description of the participants/subjects that were involved, the study design, the materials that were used, and the study procedure. If there were multiple experiments, then each experiment may require a separate Methods section. A rule of thumb is that the Methods section should be sufficiently detailed for another researcher to duplicate your research.
What did you find? – a section which describes the data that was collected and the results of any statistical tests that were performed. It may also be prefaced by a description of the analysis procedure that was used. If there were multiple experiments, then each experiment may require a separate Results section.
What is the significance of your results? – the final major section of text in the paper. The Discussion commonly features a summary of the results that were obtained in the study, describes how those results address the topic under investigation and/or the issues that the research was designed to address, and may expand upon the implications of those findings. Limitations and directions for future research are also commonly addressed.
List of articles and any books cited – an alphabetized list of the sources that are cited in the paper (by last name of the first author of each source). Each reference should follow specific APA guidelines regarding author names, dates, article titles, journal titles, journal volume numbers, page numbers, book publishers, publisher locations, websites, and so on (for more information, please see the Citing References in APA Style page of this website).
Tables and Figures
Graphs and data (optional in some cases) – depending on the type of research being performed, there may be Tables and/or Figures (however, in some cases, there may be neither). In APA style, each Table and each Figure is placed on a separate page and all Tables and Figures are included after the References. Tables are included first, followed by Figures. However, for some journals and undergraduate research papers (such as the B.S. Research Paper or Honors Thesis), Tables and Figures may be embedded in the text (depending on the instructor’s or editor’s policies; for more details, see "Deviations from APA Style" below).
Supplementary information (optional) – in some cases, additional information that is not critical to understanding the research paper, such as a list of experiment stimuli, details of a secondary analysis, or programming code, is provided. This is often placed in an Appendix.
Variations of Research Papers in APA Style
Although the major sections described above are common to most research papers written in APA style, there are variations on that pattern. These variations include:
- Literature reviews – when a paper is reviewing prior published research and not presenting new empirical research itself (such as in a review article, and particularly a qualitative review), then the authors may forgo any Methods and Results sections. Instead, there is a different structure such as an Introduction section followed by sections for each of the different aspects of the body of research being reviewed, and then perhaps a Discussion section.
- Multi-experiment papers – when there are multiple experiments, it is common to follow the Introduction with an Experiment 1 section, itself containing Methods, Results, and Discussion subsections. Then there is an Experiment 2 section with a similar structure, an Experiment 3 section with a similar structure, and so on until all experiments are covered. Towards the end of the paper there is a General Discussion section followed by References. Additionally, in multi-experiment papers, it is common for the Results and Discussion subsections for individual experiments to be combined into single “Results and Discussion” sections.
Departures from APA Style
In some cases, official APA style might not be followed (however, be sure to check with your editor, instructor, or other sources before deviating from standards of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association). Such deviations may include:
- Placement of Tables and Figures – in some cases, to make reading through the paper easier, Tables and/or Figures are embedded in the text (for example, having a bar graph placed in the relevant Results section). The embedding of Tables and/or Figures in the text is one of the most common deviations from APA style (and is commonly allowed in B.S. Degree Research Papers and Honors Theses; however you should check with your instructor, supervisor, or editor first).
- Incomplete research – sometimes a B.S. Degree Research Paper in this department is written about research that is currently being planned or is in progress. In those circumstances, sometimes only an Introduction and Methods section, followed by References, is included (that is, in cases where the research itself has not formally begun). In other cases, preliminary results are presented and noted as such in the Results section (such as in cases where the study is underway but not complete), and the Discussion section includes caveats about the in-progress nature of the research. Again, you should check with your instructor, supervisor, or editor first.
- Class assignments – in some classes in this department, an assignment must be written in APA style but is not exactly a traditional research paper (for instance, a student asked to write about an article that they read, and to write that report in APA style). In that case, the structure of the paper might approximate the typical sections of a research paper in APA style, but not entirely. You should check with your instructor for further guidelines.
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- How to Write APA Style Research Papers (a comprehensive guide) [ PDF ]
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APA Journal Article Reporting Guidelines
- Appelbaum, M., Cooper, H., Kline, R. B., Mayo-Wilson, E., Nezu, A. M., & Rao, S. M. (2018). Journal article reporting standards for quantitative research in psychology: The APA Publications and Communications Board task force report . American Psychologist , 73 (1), 3.
- Levitt, H. M., Bamberg, M., Creswell, J. W., Frost, D. M., Josselson, R., & Suárez-Orozco, C. (2018). Journal article reporting standards for qualitative primary, qualitative meta-analytic, and mixed methods research in psychology: The APA Publications and Communications Board task force report . American Psychologist , 73 (1), 26.
- Formatting APA Style Papers in Microsoft Word
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1 VandenBos, G. R. (Ed). (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) (pp. 41-60). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
2 geller, e. (2018). how to write an apa-style research report . [instructional materials]. , prepared by s. c. pan for ucsd psychology.
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This collection contains some of the theses and dissertations produced by students in the University of Oregon Psychology Graduate Program. Paper copies of these and other dissertations and theses are available through the UO Libraries .
- Understanding the Misunderstood Emotion: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Variants of Anger Razavi, Pooya ( University of Oregon , 2023-07-06 ) In cultural accounts and scholarly writings about anger, we see conceptualizations that reflect the existence of two variants: an anger perceived as moral, appropriate, and justified; and an anger considered wrong and ...
- Measuring long-term memories at the feature level reveals mechanisms of interference resolution Drascher, Maxwell ( University of Oregon , 2023-07-06 ) When memories share similar features, this can lead to interference, and ultimately forgetting. At the same time, many highly similar memories are remembered vividly for years to come. Understanding what causes interference ...
- The Role of Hierarchical Structures in Cognition Moss, Melissa ( University of Oregon , 2023-07-06 ) Individuals routinely execute complex tasks that involve multiple, dependent levels of information, such as driving a car or cooking dinner. It is amazing that our cognitive system is able to represent such complex, ...
- A Contextual Psychology Approach to Improving Health Outcomes in the Perinatal Period Lightcap, April ( University of Oregon , 2023-07-06 ) The United States holds alarming records for highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the developed world. The US infant mortality rate is on par with many low and middle income countries, and despite the decline in ...
- The Study of Behavior Settings as an Aid in Mental Hospital Analysis: A Methodological Exploration Rose, David William ( University of Oregon , 1969-06 ) The ultimate goal of all mental hospital analyses is to provide information which by direct implication or through analysis might act as a guide in restructuring environment in which the mental patient lives. The goal of ...
- Personality-Driven Social Media Curation: How Personality Traits Affect Following Decisions on Twitter Bedford-Petersen, Cianna ( University of Oregon , 2023-03-24 ) As social media occupies an increasingly important place in people’s lives, new opportunities are presented for people to select and modify their online environments. On many platforms, users have significant control over ...
- Stability of Mind-Mindedness Across the Transition to Motherhood and its Longitudinal Association with Children’s Theory of Mind & Executive Function Gluck, Stephanie ( University of Oregon , 2023-03-24 ) Parental mind-mindedness refers to caregivers’ propensity to attribute mind-like and intentional qualities in their interactions with or representation of their young children. It is proposed to be associated with positive ...
- Dating and Mating in Adolescence: How Hormones and Puberty Influence Adolescent Mating Motivation Donaldson, Sarah ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-26 ) Puberty marks the physical transition towards sexual maturity, culminating in the ability to reproduce. It follows that maturing cognitive, affective, and social skills develop concurrently to support reproductive competence, ...
- Individual Differences in Memory Functions and Their Relation to Hippocampal Connectivity Frank, Lea ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-26 ) The hippocampus plays an important role in many aspects of learning and memory. It is most known for its role in episodic memory and spatial navigation, though it has also been shown to contribute to other processes like ...
- Collective Ongoing Betrayal Trauma: Gendered and Racialized Police Violence toward the Black Community Barnes, Melissa ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-26 ) Racialized and gendered police violence is a pernicious problem for Black communities. For my dissertation, I empirically tested a novel theoretical concept, Collective Ongoing Betrayal Trauma (COBT). COBT integrates the ...
- Associations between Maternal Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms, Parenting, and Mother-Child Cortisol Levels O'Brien, Jacqueline ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-26 ) Children of mothers with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are at heightened risk for developing mental health difficulties but the pathway through which this risk is conferred is unclear. Developmental psychopathology ...
- Counter-Projection in a Polarized Political Climate: Examining the Role of Threat and Ways to Reduce It. Denning, Kathryn ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-04 ) The term “polarization” is often associated with “opposition.” Yet, how do people come to see others as their opposites? There is likely a social cognitive process at play. One such process is counter-projection, where ...
- The Transition to Parenthood and the Family System: Links from Grandparents, Parents, and Infants to Perinatal Medical Risk and Early Parent Affect Loi, Elizabeth ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-04 ) Biopsychosocial factors in early childhood set the foundation for later neurocognitive and language competence. This dissertation aimed to identify and characterize the early psychosocial correlates of perinatal medical ...
- Individual Differences in Learning and Memory Abilities: The Influence of Self-Efficacy Miller, Ashley ( University of Oregon , 2022-10-04 ) The present study examined whether individual differences in memory self-efficacy (MSE)—one’s perception and evaluation of their memory abilities—predicts learning and memory ability in a sample of healthy young adults. ...
- The Development of Moral Evaluations in Children and Adults Ochoa, Karlena ( University of Oregon , 2021-11-23 ) Although the influence of intent understanding on children’s moral development has been long studied, limited research has examined the influence of belief understanding on that development. The purpose of this dissertation ...
- Memory Consolidation. Shofner, Steven ( University of Oregon , 2021-11-23 ) This proposal synthesizes the work of other researchers (Hawkins et al. 2019) (Kim, Gulati, and Ganguly 2019) (Wei et al. 2018) (Tononi and Cirelli 2006) (Grossberg 2013) (Li et al. 2017) into a framework of memory ...
- Sensitive Periods for Social Development in Adolescence: Exploring Mechanisms Relating Experience and Timing to Neural Change Cheng, Theresa ( University of Oregon , 2021-11-23 ) Social relationships during adolescence have outsized effects on long-term physical and mental health. The theory that adolescence is a sensitive period suggests that adolescent experiences might profoundly shape development. ...
- The Psychology of Socioeconomic Inequality in the United States Ludwig, Rita ( University of Oregon , 2021-11-23 ) Effective, evidence-based public policy is of critical importance to address issues of socioeconomic inequality, poverty, and class mobility. Psychological science has a valuable opportunity to inform the development of ...
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Theses from 2022 2022
Exploring the Association Between Mentoring Focus and Change in Mentee Depression Symptoms in Youth , Selen Amado
Associations Between the Content and Level of Parent Concerns Pre-Diagnosis and Timeliness of Autism Screening and Diagnostic Evaluation Among a Diverse Sample of Children in Part C Early Intervention , Kohrissa Joseph
"Until Society Evolves:" Access to Gender-Affirming Care in Historic Assessment Criteria and Current Models of Care , Elliot Marrow
Responders and Nonresponders Undergoing Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy (CBGT) for Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD): Trajectories of Symptom Change Across Treatment Stages as Potential Predictors of Outcome , Sriramya Potluri
Theses from 2021 2021
Acknowledgment of Culture and Stereotypes: Black Participants’ Perceptions of Specific Therapist Behaviors , Tsotso T. Ablorh
Religious Coping After Natural Disaster: Predicting Long-Term Mental and Physical Health in Survivors of Hurricane Katrina , Monica Arkin
Stigma and Prodromal Psychosis: Self-Disclosure of Symptoms and Diagnoses in At-Risk Youth , Caitlin Bryant
Excess Stress and Natural Mentors in the Lives of Sexual Minority Youth , Cherrelle Gipson
Addressing the White Problem Critically: An Exploratory Latent Profile Analysis of Racial Attitudes , Ryan Parigoris
Sex Differences in Symbolic Play of Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) , Looknoo Patcharapon Thammathorn
Developmental Profiles of 57,966 Children in Early Intervention: A Confirmatory Latent Profile Analysis , Mary E. Troxel
Theses from 2020 2020
Parent-Teacher Relationship Quality as a Predictor of Changes in Externalizing Behaviors at School for Children with ASD , Lana Andoni
Unique Syndemic-Related Clusters in a Sample of Sexual Minority Men , Christopher Chiu
Bilingual Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Language Abilities and Social Communication , Ingrid Hastedt
Examining the Interrelations Among Trajectories of Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Valued Actions in Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder , Stephanie Marando-Blanck
The Association Between Anger in Response to Racism and Depression Among Black Americans: Exploring Potential Moderating Effects of Active Coping and Collective Self-Esteem , Darrick Scott
Theses from 2019 2019
Appraisals of Trust Development within the Therapist-Client Relationship: Impacts on Client Retention in a Hypothetical First Session of Therapy , Lorraine U. Alire
Parent Negative and Positive Impacts: Reciprocal Associations Between Child Behaviors and Parenting Experiences in Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder , Alison E. Chavez
A Heavy Burden: Associations Between Sexual Minority Status, Mental Health, and BMI in Women , Alison E. A. Goldblatt
Working Memory and Mindfulness in an RCT of ABBT and AR , Anna M. Hall
Racial Microaggression Distress and Depression among Black Americans: Examining the Roles of Racial Identity Importance, Social Support, and Gender , Shannon M. Hughley
“It’s More Complicated Than That!”: The Influence of Multiple Presenting Problems on Youth Outcomes in Formal Mentoring Programs , Yui Sum Poon
Theses from 2018 2018
Healing from Heterosexism Through Expressive Writing , Kathleen M. Collins
Clients’ Critical Experiences in Psychotherapy: Initial Measure Development , Lauren M. Grabowski
Neuropsychology and Neurogenetics of Mental Health: Risk, Resilience & Wellbeing , Keira E. O'Donovan
Reciprocal Associations between Language Ability and Social Functioning Development over a Two-Year Period in Young Pre-Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder , Devon R. Oosting
Effects of Racism-Related Stress on Resistance against Racism in Black Americans , Noor N. Tahirkheli
Identifying Child Correlates of Parent-Reported Executive Functioning Impairments in Preschool-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Examination of both Early and Concurrent Child Characteristics , Deanna Toner
Theses from 2017 2017
Attentional and Emotional Consequences of Emotional Acceptance and Suppression in an Elevated Anxiety Sample , Natalie Arbid
The Interpersonal Effects of Mindfulness and Social Anxiety in Romantic Relationships , Bryan Balvaneda
It’s Not You, it’s My Schedule: An Exploratory Study of Early Termination in School-Based Mentoring Programs , Samantha Burton
The Role of Athletic Coach Mentors in Promoting Youth Academic Success: Evidence from a National Longitudinal Study , Kirsten M. Christensen
Ethnic Differences in Race-Related Stress Among Blacks in the US: Racial Colorblindness as a Potential Moderator , Samantha Duterville
Social Skills as a Predictor of Peer Relationship Quality for School-Age Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder , Melanie S. Feldman
Examining Attentional Control and Processing Speed Deficits as Underlying Mechanisms of Neuropsychological Impairment in Schizophrenia , Mayte Forte
Drinking Motives, Drinking Problems, and Mental Health Symptoms in Sexual Minority Men , Hamish A. Gunn
Psychosocial Profiles of Youth who Acquire a Natural Mentor During a School Year , Matthew A. Hagler
Whether or not 'It Gets Better'…Coping with Parental Heterosexist Rejection , Cara Herbitter
Language Subdomains among Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Associations with Social Skills , Sarah A. Levinson
Relations between Family Demographic Characteristics and Early Intervention Service Receipt after Children's Initial ASD Diagnosis , Thanh Phuong Thi Nguyen
Theses from 2016 2016
The Importance of Action: Understanding Characteristics of Social Action Campaigns and Their Impact on Youth's Motivation and Engagement , Jacqueline G. Hargrove
Patterns of Parent-Teacher Disagreement on Behavior Problems of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder , Juliana Neuspiel
Theses from 2015 2015
The Trajectory of the Co-Occurrence of Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Treatments for Generalized Anxiety Disorder , Amber L. Calloway
Developing Autism Screening Criteria for the Brief Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (BITSEA) , Ivy Giserman Kiss
Being and Becoming an Ally: The Lived Experience of Social Justice Action from Privileged Spaces , Alissa L. Gross
Social Cost Bias, Probability Bias, and Self-Efficacy to Achieve a Specific Goal or Outcome as Mechanisms of Behavioral Action in Social Anxiety , Carol S. Lee
Coping With Racism: Emotional Acceptance and Systemic Attribution of Racism as Buffers against Social Anxiety among People of Color , Jennifer H. Martinez
Theses from 2014 2014
A Model of Social Functioning in Schizophrenia: Symptomatology, Personality, and Brain Region Volumes , Victoria Choate
Reductions in Experiential Avoidance as a Mediator of Change in Symptom Outcome and Quality of Life in Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy and Applied Relaxation for Generalized Anxiety Disorder , Elizabeth Hemenway Eustis
Promoting Maternal Well-Being and Child Behavioral Health: The Role of Positive Beliefs , Sara Kaplan-Levy
Validation of the Post-traumatic Growth Inventory: Relationships between Perceived Post-Traumatic Growth and Measured Pre- to Post-Disaster Changes in Analogous Constructs in a Sample of Low-Income Mothers who Survived Hurricane Katrina , Emily E. Manove
Reciprocal Influences amongst Early Childhood Externalizing Behavior, Maternal Distress, and Parenting Style: A Longitudinal Analysis , Shirley Marie Immacula Poyau
Psychopathy and Disadvantageous, Risky Decision-Making in a Sample of Ex-Offenders , Ashley-Ann C. Shirai
The Relation between Cultural Values and Unprotected Sex among Latino Gay Men , Francisco I. Surace
Cognitive Processes and Moderators of Willingness in Individuals with Social Anxiety Disorder and Non-Anxious Controls in Response to a Social Performance Task , Lauren P. Wadsworth
Predictors of Change in Body Mass Index in Young Mothers after Hurricane Katrina , Elyssa Briann Weber
Mentor Motivation as a Predictor of Relationship Approach , Max B. Wu
Adults Who "Get": Adolescents' Perceptions of Relational Engagement with Key Adults , Laura A. Yoviene
Theses from 2013 2013
Latino Youth Experiences of Immigrant Policy, Enforcement, and Exclusion: Exploring Risk and Resilience , Darcy Alcantara
A Person-Oriented Approach to Identifying Parenting Styles in Mothers of Early School Age Children , Amy E. Heberle
The Effects of Racism Related Stress on Asian Americans; Anxiety and Depression among Different Generational Statuses , Charles M. Liu
Predictors of Psychotropic Medication Use in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders , Melissa P. Maye
The Effects of Nesting Environment on Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Injury , Laura Grace Rollins
Pathways to Well-Being in the Lives of Recently Returning Veterans , Sarah Krill Williston
Theses from 2012 2012
Implications of Self-Other Overlap in Unsuccessful Romantic Relationships , Josephine A. Bell
Exposure to Potentially Traumatic Events, Emotional Adjustment, and Social Competence in Preschoolers Facing Economic Risk , Hillary Hurst
Adolescent Males in Formal Youth Mentoring Programs: The Influence of Same Versus Cross-Gender Matching , Stella S. Kanchewa
Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Responsiveness to Infant Distress: Contingency Analyses of Home Mother-Infant Interactions at 3 Months , Fernanda Lucchese
Parental Well-Being within the Marital Subsytem: A Study of Mother-Father Dyads Raising Young Children with Autism , Frances de Lourdes Martinez-Pedraza
The Relation of Racism-Related Stress to Racial Identity, Ethnic Identity and Racism-Related Empowerment in Asian Americans , Fanny Ng
Young Children's Perspectives on Parent-Child Relationship Quality as Measured by the Berkeley Puppet Interview: Associations with Behavioral Adjustment , Marisa Murphy O'Boyle
The Neuropsychological Functioning of Older Adults Pre- and Post-Cognitive Training with a Brain Plasticity-Based Computerized Training Program , Shannon M. Sorenson
Examining the Relation between Sensory Sensitivity and Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorders as Moderated by Language Acquisition , Timothy W. Soto
Theses from 2011 2011
Children and Spirituality: Understanding the Meaning of Spirituality of Former Street Children in Bolivia , Katia Margarita Canenguez
A Lonely Road: Loneliness, Death Anxiety, Childhood Punishment, and Attributions of Hostility in a University Population , Melody Joy Blass Fisher
The Effects of Trauma Exposure on Cognitive Functioning in Toddlers , Danielle Forbes
The Impact of Exposure to Family and Community Violence on Children's Adaptive Coping and Mental Health Symptoms among Ethnic Minority Families Living in Poverty , Esroruleh Tamim Mohammad
The Practice Effect: The Relationships among the Frequency of Early Formal Mindfulness Practice, Mindfulness Skills, Worry, and Quality of Life in an Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder , Lucas Paul Kawika Morgan
Dyadic Flexibility during the Face-To-Face Still-Face Paradigm: Analysis of Infant-Caregiver Interactions within a Dynamic Systems Framework Using the State Space Grid Analytic Technique , Akhila Venkatachalam Sravish
Black Women's Mental Health in Response to Unwanted Sexual Experiences and Spirituality as a Protective Factor , Speshal T. Walker
Theses from 2010 2010
Latino Immigrant Mothers' Experiences and Adapations to Promote Personal and Family Wellness in Response to Increased Anti-Immigrant Climate , Hercilia B. Corona-Ordoñez
The Relationship between Racist Experiences and Anxiety in a Black Sample: Moderating Effects of Church-Based Social Support , Jessica Rose Graham
Caregiver, Family System, and Environmental Predictors of Child Maltreatment: An Ecological Transactional Approach , Kelly Brooke Graling
Trajectories of Early Externalizing Behaviors: Their Relation to Second Grade Reading , Sarah Gray
What Do You See in this Picture?: Bias and Reflexivity in Physician Narratives of Disparities , Michelle Levine
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Love research? Interested in taking what you learned in a PSYCH 4998 lab further? Consider completing a undergraduate thesis in psychology!
To Graduate “With Research Distinction in Psychology” a Student Must:
- Be a psychology major (if you are an honors student, see "Honors Research Distinction in Psychology" below
- Graduate with at least a 3.0 overall GPA
- Take PSYCH 4999.01 and 4999.02 (Both of these course are only offered in Spring semester)
- Write and successfully defend a Psychology Thesis
The Thesis is independent research conducted by the student and supervised by a psychology faculty member. The Psychology Department requires completion of a two-course sequence (PSYCH 4999.01 and 4999.02). Each course is taught in subsequent spring semesters. For example, students on a traditional four-year plan would take Psychology 4999.01 in spring semester of their junior year and PSYCH 4999.02 in spring semester of their senior year. However, with support of the Faculty Thesis Advisor, a students may begin a Thesis and Psychology 4999.01 in spring of their sophomore year.
To Graduate “With Honors Research Distinction in Psychology” a Student Must:
- Be a psychology major
- Be a member of the Arts and Sciences Honors Program
- Graduate with at least a 3.4 overall GPA
- Complete the psychology major Honors Contract Requirements
- Take PSYCH 4999.01H and 4999.02H (Both of these courses are only offered in Spring semester)
- Write and successfully defend a Psychology Honors Thesis
The Honors Thesis is independent research conducted by the student and supervised by a psychology faculty member (only tenured or tenure-track faculty may advise an Honors Thesis). The Psychology Department requires completion of a two-course sequence (PSYCH 4999.01H and 4999.02H). Each course is taught in subsequent spring semesters. For example, a student on a traditional four-year plan would take PSYCH 4999.01H in spring semester of their junior year and PSYCH 4999.02H in spring semester of their senior year. However, with support of the Faculty Honors Thesis Advisor, a student may begin an Honors Thesis and Psychology 4999.01H in spring of their sophomore year.
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Talk to your psychology advisor, attend our annual Psychology Enrichment Program “Getting Involved in Research in the Psychology Department,” attend the annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Colloquium, explore the PSYCH 4998 opportunities, or talk to your fellow students who are in research labs.
Students interested in pursuing a Thesis or Honors Thesis should begin participating in research (PSYCH 4998) no later than their sophomore year.
Students should secure a Faculty Thesis Advisor by fall semester of the junior year (typically this will be a faculty member with whom you completed 4998 research).
Go to the Be a Research Assistant webpage and find a project that sparks your interest. Check out the lab websites and start applying. It is recommended to apply to 5-7 labs. Once accepted, you can negotiate your hours and responsibilities (this will determine the number of credit hours you receive), have the faculty member sign a course enrollment form (s/he will have the class number), take the course enrollment form to the Psychology Advising Office (PS 015) or email it to [email protected] .
To enroll in PSYCH 4999.01 or 4999.01H, students should complete the Psychology Thesis/Honors Thesis Application. The application requires the signature of the Faculty Thesis Advisor. Once this is turned in to [email protected], students will be enrolled in PSYCH 4999.01 or 4999.01H.
For non-Honors students:
You must submit a Thesis Application with the College of Arts and Sciences (under Research Distinction) at least one term before your graduating term. You will need to submit a research proposal and your Faculty Thesis Advisor’s signature on the application form. You will need to schedule an appointment with your Psychology Advisor to complete the Major Program Form on the application.
For Honors students:
The application to graduate with Honors Research Distinction is available from the Arts and Sciences Honors Office . You will need to submit a research proposal and your Faculty Thesis Advisor’s signature on the application form. If you do not have an approved Honors Contract on file at the Honors Office, you will need to call (614) 292-5750 to schedule an appointment with the Psychology Honors Advisor to complete the Major Program Form of the application (you will have to complete the psychology major contract requirements).
After you have successfully completed your written Thesis document, you will have an hour-long meeting with your Faculty Thesis Advisor and one other faculty member. You will describe your Thesis project to them, and they will ask you questions about your work. You must defend your Thesis at least two weeks before the end of the term you graduate.
188 Psychology Research Paper Topics List
Below is a list of thesis titles and topics for research paper in both a qualitative and quantitative approach to psychology thesis .
Psychology Research Paper Topics List:
- Is parental negligence a cause of childhood obesity?
- Understand Americans’ obsession with popular fast-food elements
- What is the influence of a narcissistic mother on the mental well-being of her child?
- What is the association between obesity and television?
- Stress and premature birth
- Understanding situations that lead to suicidal behavior
- The adverse effects of abortion on mental health
- Violence and abuse among adolescents
- Understanding of schizophrenia in young men and women
- Impact of teen sexting on children and its consequences
- Can morality be applied by strict laws?
- Understand social interaction
- How does stress affect individual differences?
- What are the psychological reasons behind depression?
- Symptoms, reasons for stress and how to handle it
- Do you suffer depression by gender?
- Social impact of anxiety disorder in the routine life of the affected person
- The different phases of human growth and development
- Importance of providing sex education to children
- Mental development and understanding of mentally challenged children
- Relationship between stress and physical illness
- Long-term and short-term memory
- How is a person’s life affecting bipolar disorder?
- Aging and mental illness
- What is the role of the environment in the development of personality?
- Influence of the work environment on the motivation and self-esteem of workers
- Effect of the orientation of divorced persons
- Impact of violent music on children
- How and why do psychologists participate in military service?
- Different theories of motivation; a variable for psychology thesis .
- How is a person’s achievements and personality affected by his or her birth order?
- Physical, financial and emotional abuse of the elderly
- Understanding and controlling teen suicide
- Understand the effects of postpartum depression on mother and child
- Analysis of harsh capital punishment for sex offenders
- How is intelligence determined by the environment and genetics?
- Different types of torture and their various effects
- How and why are attractive people treated differently than non-attractive ones?
- Pros and cons of hypnosis
- Understanding of the psychological problems of the homeless
- How sports psychology helps us promote mental health in different places of work?
- What are the reasons behind long-term marriages?
- Is it important to have school uniforms?
- The effect of different phobias on your personality
- Why is the divorce rate increasing?
- Understand the psychology of homophobes
- Reclusion in understanding and its effects
- What are the effects of colors in different mental states?
- Understand the roles of biology and the environment in hyperactive children
- Psychological profile and mental development of a terrorist
- Understand the psychology of sex workers
- How can a habit be formed and changed?
- The ethical and legal aspects of gay adoption
- Reasons and consequences of introverted behavior in adults
- What is the effect of hate crimes on the community and the victims?
- Modern students addicted to Facebook and Twitter? Can this pathological statement be dangerous?
- Do people who like themselves online produce a positive impression on others when it comes face to face?
- Online dating versus real world.
- The association between the self-presentation of online profiles and the self-esteem of the users.
- The relationship between physical activity and the use of the internet.
- Research topics of psychology: emotional intelligence
- A smile a day keeps the problems away.
- Can a positive mood help solve problems more effectively?
- The dangers and benefits of anger management.
- Better stress coping strategies for university students.
- Main causes of emotional eating before examination.
- Research topics of psychology: learning skills
- Brain training games and academic achievements.
- The effects of chewing gum on mood and cognitive abilities.
- The effects of caffeine intake on the attention of students.
- The relationship between self-esteem and student grades.
- The use of educational video games and the motivation of students.
- Anorexia and underlying psychological factors.
- Speak in public fear and social phobia in university students.
- Symptoms of anxiety disorder in boys and girls
- Behaviors of search of risk in individuals with bipolar disorder.
- The effects of having an autistic brother (sister).
- Main causes of online bullying.
- Consequences of being a victim of a hate crime.
- The relationship between parents’ use of corporal punishment and aggressiveness of children in school.
- The effects of television on the violent behavior of children.
- The association between Internet addiction and aggressive behavior.
- Psychology research topics: interpersonal relationships
- Emotional climate of the classroom and the motivation of the students.
- Responses to emotional abuse in boys and girls.
- Do men fear more relationship commitment than women?
- The perceived importance of appearance in relationships.
- Can humor save a marital relationship?
- Children tend to grow up eating behavior and parental disorder. Discussion.
- Concept of “alien is danger” among children.
- The father is a figure of masculinity for children and the supreme authority of the house.
- Concept of “reflective practice” is being used at school to teach children about themselves. Argue.
- Measures to help children with anxiety disorder.
- Conflicts over food in childhood leads to eating disorders in adolescence. Argue.
- People with learning difficulties may suffer from phobia. True or false? Argue.
- Obsessive disorder can be treated with yoga. Argue.
- Impact of diet on depression.
- Critical analysis of the disturbances and their impact on society.
- Partial gender discrimination in the field of marketing. Impact of women here.
- Unconscious life leads to the training of self-awareness. Argue.
- Narcissism and its effect of the image on social media.
- Attachment theory used to explain the growth of the subjective self in a child.
- Identifying the learning pattern of children can lead to a good result.
- The psychological effects of weight increase during pregnancy for athletes.
- The mental health effects of miscarriage pregnancy on women and their families.
- The effects on mental health of extending screen time in the digital age, for children and adults.
- The psychological effects of the lack of medical services for the services of African-American communities.
- The effects on mental health of suicide in the family. How to cope with and survive the children of suicide victims?
- The psychological effects of war on the families of war veterans. How can health officials alleviate family anxieties?
- A phenomenological study of the effects of the death of a relative in the war on the family and the circle of friends.
- A diagnostic study of dual mental health. How do mental health professionals prioritize what topic to treat in the first place?
- The effects of undiagnosed childhood disorders are diagnosed in adulthood. How does the treatment differ and how to avoid this trap?
- Does the anecdotal correlation between artistic ability level genius, genius IQ level have up under scientific scrutiny? A study of theory and evidence.
- A study of the correlation between high levels of IQ and mental illness.
- A study of the correlation between high levels of artistic ability and psychological disorders.
- The effects of non-compliance with medication in the recovery of mental health patients.
- The effects of the lack of medication compliance in the economy. Does better adherence to medication lead to patient outcomes in savings for all of us?
- The effects of family dynamics in the treatment of mental health patients.
- The effects of divorce on the mental health of children.
- How does parental divorce affect the recovery of mental health disorders in children?
- What are new psychological problems surfaces due to over dependence on technology?
- Mental health problems in psychiatric nurses. Have you overlooked?
- Mental health problems and the penitentiary system. How can we improve the system?
- Personality traits in women for and against abortion
- Quantitative electroencephalography in subjects at risk of inheriting Alzheimer’s during memory neuropsychological tests
- Relationship of Individual Needs and Job Satisfaction
- Relationship between the level of anxiety, the level of aggression and discipline in school age children
- Relationship between quality of work life and psychosocial motivations
- Approach to the phenomenon of euthanasia from a psychological perspective
- Relationship between ambivalent sexism and the stereotype of a woman with hysterectomy
- Differences in Attachment Styles Among Children with Married and Divorced Parents
- Attachment styles and communication styles for couples
- Attitudes and beliefs about menstruation among women at different stages of development
- Sexual Satisfaction, Love and Body Image in Women
- Situational factors as determinants of altruism
- Perception of parental styles and self-concept in homosexual and heterosexual men
- Effort, discipline, intelligence and academic performance
- Relationship between values and self-destructive behaviors in adolescents
- Relationship between communication styles, conflict management and satisfaction in the couple
- Daily and retrospective evaluation of premenstrual symptoms
- Gender differences in the subjective estimation of time when performing verbal and spatial tasks
- Modification of self-concept in abused children living in a violent family environment
- Attributes of the menstrual cycle on women’s mood
- Effects of the physical and semantic characteristics of auditory stimuli in exogenous care
- Emotional intelligence: theoretical-empirical analysis
- Influence of schooling and locus of control in stress and coping with volcanic risk
- Job satisfaction, attitude of commitment to work and its relationship with self-destructive behaviors
- The stories and their influence on self-concept.
- Relationship between Job Satisfaction and Marital Satisfaction
- Parenting Styles, Self-concept and Self-Destructive Behavior in Adolescent Women
- Locus of control and suicidal tendencies in adolescents
- Hemispheric functional asymmetry in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Relationship between androgyny and psychological well-being in university students
- Psychological significance of menstruation and perimenstrual changes in mothers and daughters
- Influence of the order of birth and gender in the personality of the children
- Coping with stress in women victims of domestic violence
- Self-concept and Review of Life in Old Age
- Concept of Death and Sense of Life Concept in different ages
- Relationship between suicidal tendencies and sense of life
- Law of Equalization and Self-Destructive Behavior
- Psychological and medical treatment of adult obesity
- Relationship between conflict management strategies and marital satisfaction
- Obesity, depression and body image in university students
- Beliefs about a woman with Hysterectomy
- Relations and Differences in Intimacy, Sexual Attitude and Marital Satisfaction in Different Marriage Stages
- Relationship between psychological well-being and ways of coping with stress
- Adaptation and motivation in traditional school and Montessori school
- Self-esteem and depression in patients with chronic renal failure in dialysis treatment
- Psychological well-being and religiosity in older adults
- Family perception and state of fluency in adolescents
- Self-esteem and Sexual Satisfaction in Women Suffering from Obesity
- Analysis of the delinquent behavior of the juvenile offender
- Relationship Between Degree of Stress and Manifestations of Depression in Middle School Teachers
- Brain’s electrical activity before videos that evoke positive and negative emotions
- Beliefs and attitudes about menstruation in university and non-university women
- Self-Destructive Behaviors and Impulsivity
- Influence of marital satisfaction and parental styles on the self-esteem of children
- Drugs and behavior. Properties, effects, medical uses and potential risks of psychotropic drugs
- Extroversion-Introversion and its relation to pain tolerance
- Aggression and self-destructive behaviors by gender
- Self-Destructive Behaviors and Their Relationship to Social Skills
- Self-concept, self-esteem, self-efficacy: theoretical empirical analysis
- Stereotypes that women and men have about a menstruating woman or in her premenstrual phase
- Modeling self-concept through nursery rhymes in preschool
- Child abuse and discrimination of emotions
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Cultures shape the types of goals that students pursue in the classroom. However, research in achievement goal theory seems to have neglected this cultural aspect with its exclusive focus on individualistically-based goals such as mastery and performance goals. This emphasis on mastery and performance goals may reflect Western individualist psychological thinking. Thus, social goals, which may be more salient in collectivist cultures, are relatively neglected. There is a dearth of studies investigating the role of social goals in academic motivation, and the few studies that did explore them are somewhat problematic. This paper reviews research done within the achievement goal theory, considers the need for more studies on social goals, and concludes with the argument that social goals are important in understanding student motivation especially in collectivist cultures.
Gyanesh Kumar Tiwari , Ritu Raj
2019, IAHRW International Journal of Social Sciences Review
The study examined the interdependent happiness of senior secondary school teachers of various management setups with different organizational cultures. Employing a correlational design, 118 males (M = 45.86, SD = age age 10.71) and 120 females (M = 43.24, SD = 9.79) were chosen by a convenient sampling. The findings of the study age age showed gender and school type differences in the achievement of scores on the clan, adhocracy, market and hierarchy cultures as well as interdependent happiness. There was a positive correlation between the scores of the clan culture and interdependent happiness of the school teachers run by central government while negative correlations were observed between these scores of teachers working instate run and private school organizations. The negative correlations were also recorded between adhocracy and interdependent happiness of central govt. and private organization teachers whereas a positive correlation was observed between these scores for provincial school teachers. The negative correlations were found between market culture and interdependent happiness of central and provincial school teachers. The negative correlations were also reported between hierarchy and interdependent happiness of central and private school teachers whereas a small positive correlation was recorded between these scores for provincial school teachers. The findings showed that gender, central school type and clan organizational culture contributed significant variance to the interdependent happiness of the male and female teachers. In essence, gender, central government type school organization and clan organizational culture emerged as significant predictors for interdependent happiness. The conclusions of the study may have significant implications for researchers, educationists and policymakers.
2011, Journal of Psychoeducational …
The aim of the present study was to test the cross-cultural validity of the five-factor structure of social goals that Dowson and McInerney proposed. Using both between-network and withinnetwork approaches to construct validation, 1,147 Filipino high school students participated in the study. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that the five-factor model provided the best fit to the data compared with a series of alternative models. In addition, the five types of social goals also showed meaningful relationships to theoretically relevant constructs. Taken together, this study supports the applicability of the five-factor structure of social goals among Filipino respondents.
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Qian Dai , Mohammad Alsharfi
Research on implicit theories of intelligence and academic emotions have proceeded in parallel with little cross-over of ideas. This study aims to examine the potential synergies that may exist between these two strands of research by examining whether implicit theories of intelligence can function as a predictor of academic emotions when situated within Pekrun's (2006) control-value theory of achievement emotions. Filipino secondary school students (N = 1147) participated in the study. Hierarchical regression analyses were employed to investigate the predictive effects of implicit theories of intelligence on academic emotions after controlling for the variance accounted for by demographic variables, social environmental factors, and achievement goals which have been identified as important antecedents in previous research. Results indicated that holding an entity theory of intelligence positively predicted negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, shame, hopelessness, and boredom. However, it was not significantly related to the positive emotions of enjoyment, hope, and pride. The usefulness of these findings for integrating theorizing in the implicit theories of intelligence and academic emotions literature is discussed.
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An indigenous positive psychology that addresses the human development needs of Emirati and expatriate residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is proposed. A positive psychology approach leverages inherent, yet often neglected, social, cultural, and religious strengths to mobilize growth. Yet, psychology practitioners and researchers frequently focus on ill-being and weakness. Further, many psychology practitioners are non-Emiratis who tend to employ traditional psychological models from the West, which are perhaps incongruous to the UAE context; hence our call for an indigenous positive psychology. Psychological models rooted in Western notions of secular individualism run contrary to the UAE’s collectivistic and non-secular orientations. Moreover, focusing on the negatives, avoiding religion, and endorsing Western ideals of normality (disguised though they may be), can harm the psychological fabric of the UAE population. Although the field of psychology is expanding, a vision for practice and research is imperative; thus, the introduction of a framework for the development of an indigenous positive psychology that supports culturally appropriate strengths is relevant and timely. To do so, the tenets of positive psychology are reviewed, and steps necessary for the development of an indigenous version are proposed with the aim of facilitating the growth of the nation. https://middleeastjournalofpositivepsychology.org/index.php/mejpp/article/view/24
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As well as cognitive competence, social competence is an important factor in improving student's academic motivation. Social relationships can encourage greater psychological place attachment capable of creating motivated strategies for learning interests and learning effort. This study aims to test models of the relationship between social relationships and motivated strategies for learning interests and learning effort with psychological place attachment as a mediating variable. This study also examines the role of gender as a moderating variable in the relationship model four variables studied. The study was conducted in Indonesia with 369 schools of business students as the sample. Methods of testing construct validity is conducted by factor analysis, whereas the internal consistency reliability testing using Cronbach's Alpha. Method of data analysis is conducted by the structural equation model using AMOS. The results of this study indicated that the relation between social relationships and motivated strategies for learning interest and learning effort is mediated by psychological place attachment. In addition, gender differences did not moderate the relationship model. In addition, there is no difference between male and female in social relationships, psychological place attachment, and motivated strategies for learning interest and learning effort. This study contributes to the understanding of the social relationships as an important variable to motivate college students in early adolescent period in collectivistic cultures such as Indonesia. Detailed discussion presented in this study.
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Most of the studies that measure wellbeing using the PERMA Model were from the school context most commonly students and staffs. In the current study, the new model of wellbeing was applied to the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and look for its relationship to self-esteem. PERMA Profiler was used in measuring wellbeing for the PWDs and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale for their self-esteem. For the result, the study found that PWDs have moderately high level of wellbeing despite of their conditions but low level in self-esteem. There is no difference found in overall wellbeing in terms of sexes but in the two pillars Positive Emotion and Accomplishment, they were significant. For the age relationship to overall wellbeing, there is no relationship found between age and overall wellbeing but weak positive relationship to one of its pillars, Accomplishment. Also to the other factors of the PERMA Profiler, Negative Emotion and Loneliness have found weak relationship with age. For the difference of self-esteem in terms of sexes, there is no difference found. There is also no relationship between age and self-esteem. For the relationship between overall wellbeing and self-esteem, there is no relationship found between the two and even the self-esteem to the different pillars of PERMA. But the other factors of PERMA Profiler like Negative Emotion (r=.202, p=.043) and Health (r=.339, p=.001) have found weak relationship. Implications indicate in the discussion part of the study.
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Passion and perseverance for long-term goals or grit has been linked to various indices of educational success such as academic achievement, engagement, and motivation. Despite the nascent evidence regarding the beneficial impact of grit, previous investigations adopted a variable-centered approach which could not explore how individuals with different profiles of grit may differ in terms of academic outcomes. The current research aimed to build on the existing grit literature through examining the linkage of grit to test emotions using a person-centered approach among 1,051 Hong Kong Chinese primary school students. Results of cluster analyses showed that there were three naturally-occurring profiles of grit (Cluster 1 = High Perseverance and High Consistency; Cluster 2 = High Perseverance and Low Consistency; Cluster 3 = Low Perseverance and High Consistency) in the present study. Results of the multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) demonstrated that students who belonged to Cluster 2 had the highest scores on hope and lowest scores on anxiety and shame. The results imply that espousing high perseverance of effort and low consistency of interest is associated with higher levels of positive activating emotions and reduced levels of negative activating emotional states when taking academic tests.
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In the last two decades, goal orientation theory has become an important perspective in the field of achievement motivation, and particularly in academic motivation. However, as research in the theory has proliferated, the use of multiple methods to assess goal orientations seems to have contributed to theoretical vagueness, especially with regard to the origin, development, and stability of these orientations. This review article starts with a critique of methods used in goal orientation research. The article then suggests six possible theoretical models of goal orientations that seem to be suggested by the literature, including the perspectives of goal orientations as emerging from: situation-schemas, self-schemas, self-prime, needs, values, and situated meaning-making processes. The article concludes with pointing to convergent findings, implications for practice, and persisting as well as emerging issues for future research.
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Research within the field of positive psychology and more specifically studies implementing positive psychology interventions (PPIs) have proved effective in building character strengths, increasing positive affect, reducing negative affect, and ultimately enhancing wellbeing in adults, adolescents, and children. Notably, a large proportion of these studies focused on non-clinical populations. More recently however, studies within clinical, susceptible, and referred populations have been successful in enhancing positive characteristics whilst reducing psychological distress and symptoms of psychopathology. Despite the burgeoning research within this field, little is known about the impact PPIs have on vulnerable adolescents residing in child and youth care centres (CYCCs). By the transformational nature of adolescence, this period of life can be experienced by family-nurtured youths as stressful, confusing, difficult, and unsettling. These experienced pressures and emotions may be exacerbated in less fortunate adolescents residing in CYCCs. A primary developmental task that requires mastery during this frequently tumultuous phase is that of identity formation. As such, adolescence is a prime time to introduce interventions aimed at identifying and building character strengths, developing future aspirations, and enhancing wellbeing. Development of such positive characteristics may contribute to successful transformation of this psychosocial stage of development. The aim of this study was to implement a PPI among a group of adolescents residing in a CYCC within the Gauteng province of South Africa, and to evaluate its effect on levels of hope and wellbeing within this vulnerable population. To achieve this aim, a quantitative quasi-experimental non-equivalent control group design was implemented. Both the presence of wellbeing and the absence of psychopathology can be viewed as symptoms of complete mental health. As such, wellbeing and psychopathology along with hope were measured before as well as one and five weeks after the intervention. The sample comprised adolescents (N=29) from a single care facility, who through matched sampling were allocated to either the experimental (N=14) or the control (N=15) group. The experimental group partook in one-hour weekly intervention sessions for a period of six weeks. To determine whether the PPI had a significant impact on adolescents’ levels of hope and wellbeing, independent- and paired-samples t-tests were conducted to establish group differences at the three time intervals (before, one, and five weeks after the intervention). iii Surprisingly, the results indicated no statistically significant changes in levels of hope or wellbeing between the experimental and control groups one week after the intervention or at the follow-up assessment four weeks later. Additionally, neither group experienced significant within group transformations on measures of hope or wellbeing one or five weeks after the intervention. Further research is needed to better understand the impact PPIs have on vulnerable adolescents. Recommendations for future research within this context are discussed.
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Psychology research refers to a scientific method of research in the psychology field where psychologists, psychology students, or anyone in the psychology field conducting a systematic study for analysis of various experiences and behaviors of individuals or groups of people. Psychology research can be used in educational, occupational, and clinical applications.
Research proposals are usually required to make and submit before you can commence to the actual research. The proposals are evaluated to improve the research study and to see if the research is practical and ethical, and if the researcher understands the study well and has enough resources to pursue the research study.
The sections below discuss the general format of a research proposal:
The first of the proposal s to create a title that indicates what will your study be about. Remember the title of your study can still be changed while you’re conducting your research, so the title that you will create now is still the initial title.
The next part of your research proposal is stating your main research questions . Explain its significance, and relate it with the relevant literature review. Most format of the typical research questions usually addresses one main question, and be broken down into several sub-questions. However, some researchers have two or three research questions where appropriate.
The next part of your research proposal is to state your research objectives must contain the following: the topic of your research and its general significance and the key ideas that led you to create your research question, and the hypotheses you conjured in your study based on your analysis from your literature review.
This part of the research proposal is where you lay out all the studies, such as published studies, journals, articles, books, magazines, and laboratory results of experiments, that will support and justify the necessity of your research.
The next part of your research proposal is to describe how you will do your research methodology to answer your research questions and why you will use this approach to address the question. Furthermore, you need to discuss who will be your target audience to be the participants of the study, what will be the procedure to be done, and the materials, instruments, equipment, and budget you will need for your research.
You will also need to provide a timeline of when your research will start until when it will be completed.
The last part of your proposal is explaining what will be the expected outcomes of your research. Explain how your research makes a contribution to the field of psychology knowledge, how it contributes to advance theoretical understanding, and how it contributes to psychology policies or practices.
The five types of psychological research are naturalist observation, survey method, case study , correlational design, and experimental method.
There are various types of research methodology. These are quantitative , qualitative, descriptive, analytical , applied, fundamental, and exploratory.
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