This page is mainly for prospective research students. It suggests some possible project areas, but be open-ended and bring your own ideas.
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- I am reasonably open about the exact topic - however, if it aligns with previous work I've been involved with, then I can provide more expert support.
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Some possible topic ideas
Firstly, get your head around the nature of a 4th year psychology research thesis project:
Then consider some possible areas for projects you are interested in. Here are some potential areas/ideas for projects, but you are also encouraged to bring up your own ideas for discussion:
- Motivation and emotion
- Effects of mood on decision making and behaviour
- Cognitions (e.g., associative and dissociative) whilst exercising
- Any other aspects of motivation and emotion - this link goes to a 3rd year psychology unit which I teach.
- Environmental psychology
- Mood effects of green exercise
- Mood effects of exposure to natural vs. artificial imagery and sound
- Psychological effects of indoor natural stimuli e.g., indoor plants
- Any other aspect of environmental psychology
- Positive psychology
- Coping, coping effectiveness, stress, and psychological resilience
- Development of psychological strengths (e.g., resilience, mental toughness, self-compassion)
- Grit and psychological capital
- Resilient psychological responses to failure/threat
- Psychological benefits of aversive psychological states (e.g., feeling sad/failing)
- Social media
- Motivations for different types of technology use (e.g,. live streaming, self-tracking)
- Effects of social media engagement (e.g,. social media image effects on body image)
- Outdoor education and adventure therapy
- Effects of experiential, challenge-based interventions on personal growth
- Educational psychology
- Anything related to the psychology of learning (e.g., motivations to cheat)
Example past theses
- James Neill research supervision (wilderdom)