This page is mainly for prospective research students.
- 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)
- I try to find a balance between providing sufficient support/scaffolding and allowing students independence, freedom, and personal responsibility
- 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
- I have other work responsibilities (e.g., undergraduate teaching and convening the Honours thesis unit and Honours course) - and so do you - but if we work together, a great experience and outcome is possible!
- Best days for supervision for me are usually Tues, Wed, and Fri - we will try to set up some regular times. I'll send electronic calendar invites.
Some possible topic ideas
Here are some potential areas 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
- Psychology of silver linings
- 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 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)
- 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)
Booth, J. W. (2015). Coping strategies and development of psychological resilience in outdoor education. (Unpublished honours thesis). University Canberra, Canberra, Australia.
- James Neill research supervision (wilderdom)