Psychology Term Paper Topics

by Loraine Walters
Created: 07.03.2019
Updated: 10.04.2020
Psychology Term Paper Topics

List of 183 Psychology Term Paper Topics

Social Psychology Term Paper Topics

  1. A new slant on what is antisocial behaviour. There are a new set of rules –what behaviours are seen in today’s society that may not have been prevalent 20 years ago (e.g. texting continually, double dipping etc.).
  2. Are leadership skills observable in young children? What are the observable qualities if a leader – can this be applied to a young child?
  3. Avoidance tactics regarding stress in the work place. Again this is a new one – what tactics do we use in the workplace today that helps us cope with stress and stressful environments – supports your argument with strong research.
  4. Body Image and Self-esteem – this may be one that has been used before but it seems to be very controversial especially for young children. There will be lots of backup research that you can use but remember to show two sides of the topic. Perhaps you could look at this from an historic point of view (centuries ago children were not children for very long).
  5. Can you measure creativity? Is it something that can be socially measured?
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  7. Damsels in distress, do looks count – do looks depend on whether the female is helped in times of distress? Again look historically at the evidence that is provided though history as well as through social psychology research.
  8. Do men and women really think differently? If males and females think differently is it because of gender differences, creativity or innate workings? What happens in gender reassignments?
  9. Does our sense of humour change as we grow older? Does age change us if so what in social psychology instigates those changes
  10. How does fear impact on Social behaviour? – is this something that happens as we age? Is it fear or social anxiety?
  11. How much are our personalities innate and how much is moulded by our environment? This is about what is measurable and what is theory
  12. Jealousy between siblings? – does it really exist, is it worse for males or females? What evidence is there siblings actually grow out of being jealous of each other?
  13. Joining a fraternity – what is the impact on the social psychology of joining a fraternity. Link this into theories of groups and wanting to belong. Look at research that both supports and refutes ideas of needing fraternities. Is the idea of a fraternity outdated in today’s society?
  14. Long distance relationships do they really work? What research evidence supports that they do and what evidence says not? Does this relate to what is reported in the media?
  15. What inhibits people from disclosure? Why do people distrust others?
  16. Why do we suffer from low self-esteem in some situations? What are the factors and situations to look out for?

Psychological Treatments

  1. Acupuncture
  2. Aromatherapy
  3. Biofeedback
  4. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
  5. Craniosacral Therapy
  6. Depressants
  7. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  8. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  9. Facilitated Communication (FC)
  10. Gestalt
  11. Gingko Biloba
  12. Homeopathy
  13. Humanistic Psychology
  14. Hypnosis
  15. Kava
  16. Opioids (Opiates)
  17. Past-Life Regression
  18. Prefrontal Lobotomy
  19. Primal Therapy
  20. Psychiatry
  21. Rebirthing
  22. Rolfing
  23. St. John’s Wort
  24. Split-Brain Surgery
  25. Stimulants
  26. Therapeutic Touch
  27. Thought Field Therapy
  28. Transcendental Meditation

Psychology and the Law

  1. Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142)
  2. Insanity Defense

Psychological Theories and Ideas

  1. Attachment
  2. Bilingualism
  3. Birth Order
  4. Body Type
  5. Brainwashing
  6. Chemical Imbalance
  7. Cognitive Dissonance
  8. Diffusion of Responsibility
  9. Emotional Intelligence
  10. Gestalt
  11. Humanistic Psychology
  12. Insanity Defense
  13. Media Violence and Its Effects on Children
  14. Memory
  15. Moral Development
  16. Mozart Effect
  17. Obedience to Authority
  18. Parapsychology
  19. Parenting Styles
  20. Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
  21. Savants and Prodigies
  22. Self-Esteem
  23. Stockholm Syndrome
  24. Subliminal Perception
  25. Ten Percent Myth

Psychological Research Methods

  1. Brain Imaging Techniques
  2. Correlation
  3. Hawthorn Effect
  4. Nonspecific Effects
  5. Obedience to Authority
  6. Parapsychology
  7. Research Methods in Psychology

Psychological Assessment

  1. “Big Five” Personality Factors
  2. Brain Imaging Techniques
  3. Gardner, Howard
  4. Intelligence
  5. Projective Tests of Personality

Pseudoscience and Psychology

  1. Acupuncture
  2. Alien Abduction
  3. Aromatherapy
  4. Astrology
  5. Body Type
  6. Chopra, Deepak
  7. Cold Reading
  8. Craniosacral Therapy
  9. Dianetics/Scientology
  10. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  11. Facilitated Communication (FC)
  12. Gray, John
  13. Homeopathy
  14. Parapsychology
  15. Past-Life Regression
  16. Pseudoscience
  17. Randi, James
  18. Rebirthing
  19. Rolfing
  20. Satanic Ritual Abuse
  21. Self-Esteem
  22. Subliminal Perception
  23. Ten Percent Myth
  24. Therapeutic Touch
  25. Thought Field Therapy
  26. Transcendental Meditation

Popular “Gurus” and Movements in Psychology

  1. Chopra, Deepak
  2. Dianetics/Scientology
  3. Gray, John
  4. McGraw, Phillip (“Dr. Phil”)
  5. Transcendental Meditation

Historic Figures in Psychology

  1. American Psychological Association (APA)
  2. Chomsky, Noam
  3. Erikson, Erik
  4. Freud, Sigmund
  5. Galton, Francis
  6. James, William
  7. Jung, Carl Gustaf
  8. Kinsey, Alfred
  9. Masters, William H. and Johnson, Virginia E.
  10. Neo-Freudians
  11. Pavlov, Ivan
  12. Piaget, Jean
  13. Skinner, B. F.
  14. Vygotsky, Lev Semenovich
  15. Watson, John B.
  16. Wundt, Wilhelm

Drugs and Chemicals

  1. Addiction
  2. Chemical Imbalance
  3. Depressants
  4. Gingko Biloba
  5. Kava
  6. Opioids (Opiates)
  7. Psychedelic Drugs
  8. St. John’s Wort
  9. Stimulants

Psychological Disorders

  1. Addiction
  2. Alzheimer’s Disease
  3. Amnesia
  4. Aphasia
  5. Asperger’s Disorder
  6. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  7. Autism
  8. Chemical Imbalance
  9. Down Syndrome
  10. DSM-IV
  11. Epilepsy
  12. Learning Disability
  13. Mad Cow Disease
  14. Mental Retardation (MR)
  15. Mood Disorders
  16. Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD)
  17. Munchausen Syndrome
  18. Narcolepsy
  19. Nervous Breakdown
  20. Paraphilias
  21. Pervasive Development Disorders
  22. Phobias
  23. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  24. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  25. Schizophrenia
  26. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  27. Tourette Syndrome
  28. Williams Syndrome

Biological Bases of Human Behavior

  1. Addiction
  2. Aphasia
  3. Biofeedback
  4. Brain
  5. Brain Imaging Techniques
  6. Chemical Imbalance
  7. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  8. Epilepsy
  9. Imprinting
  10. Mad Cow Disease
  11. Nervous System
  12. Prefrontal Lobotomy
  13. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  14. Sleep and Dreaming
  15. Split-Brain Surgery
  16. Stroke
  17. Ten Percent Myth

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