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James T. Neill research supervision

This page is mainly for prospective research students. It suggests some possible project areas, but be open-ended and bring your own ideas.

Supervisory style[edit]

  1. I try to work in with students' needs/style - e.g., some students like to meet more often, others less so, some students prefer to do more work face to face, others more virtually
  2. I try to find a balance between providing sufficient support/scaffolding and allowing students independence, freedom, and personal responsibility.
  3. 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.
  4. I have other work responsibilities, and so do you, but if we work together, a great experience and outcome is possible!
  5. Best days for supervision for me are usually Tues, Wed, and Fri - we will try to set up some regular times.

Some possible topic ideas[edit]

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. Outdoor education and adventure therapy
    • Effects of experiential, challenge-based interventions on personal growth
  6. Educational psychology
    • Anything related to the psychology of learning (e.g., motivations to cheat)

Example past theses[edit]


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