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Top positive psychology research of 2021 (so far)

07/07/2021 by Marie

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Top positive psychology research of 2021

There is so much research happening around the world into what is arguably the most important question you can ask: how can I be happy? As global mental health stats continue to decline, particularly during COVID, this is good news. There’s now a raft of actionable science-backed research you can apply in your life to take you from simply languishing in life, to thriving.

While the rest of this article is a catalogue of the top positive psychology research in 2021 so far, I would like to acknowledge one other piece of sad news from this year: Edward Diener, Psychologist Known as Dr. Happiness, Dies at 74 . Since the 1980s, Ed Diener was recognised as a leader in measuring what he called “subjective well-being” and his passing is a loss for not only his family and friends, but the entire positive psychology community.

In this article, we take a look at the top positive psychology research of 2021, so far. Let me know in the comments about how you are using the latest research to achieve a happier, healthier life!

Frequent travel could make you 7% happier  (Science Daily). People dreaming of travel post-COVID-19 now have some scientific data to support their wanderlust. A new study shows frequent travellers are happier with their lives than people who don’t travel at all.

Research suggests positive forward-thinking safeguards mental health during lockdowns  (Mental Health Today). We all might feel nostalgic for a time when we weren’t confined to our homes or had rules imposed upon us in public spaces; however new research from the University of Surrey suggests that if we forget about 2020 or even our current lockdown state in 2021 and look forward to the future, our mental wellbeing will presently be more resilient.

Learning Boosts Happiness, New Study Suggests  (Sci News). New research from University College London suggests that how we learn about the world around us can be more important for how we feel than rewards we receive directly.

Study suggests link between word choices and extraverts  (Science Daily). A study by a team of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) psychologists has found a link between extraverts and their word choices.

Why living in the future, rather than the past, is key to coping with lockdowns – new research  (The Conversation).  Researcher in the UK recruited 261 people during the first lockdown in the UK (March-May 2020) to explore the impact of the three different time orientations on wellbeing.

Being around birds linked to higher happiness levels  (World Economic Forum). Greater bird biodiversity can make people more joyful, according to a study published in Ecological Economics. The happiest Europeans are those who see the most bird species in their day-to-day life. 

Research shows positive effect of street trees on mental health  (De Montfort University). Daily contact with trees in the street may significantly reduce the risk of depression and the need for antidepressants, according to new research by a De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) academic.

Heading outdoors keeps lockdown blues at bay  (Science Daily). A new study has found that spending time outdoors and switching off devices, such as smartphones, is associated with higher levels of happiness during a period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Money matters to happiness—perhaps more than previously thought   (Penn Today). Research shows that contrary to previous influential work, there’s no dollar-value plateau at which money’s importance lessens. One potential reason: Higher earners feel an increased sense of control over life.

Happiness and life expectancy by main occupational position among older workers: Who will live longer and happy?   (ScienceDirect) We show that women in routine jobs were systematically the ones who were expected to live shorter and unhappier. Men and women in managerial positions lived longer, but only men record more years with happiness.

Why being resilient won’t necessarily make you happy new research  (The Conversation). Resilience featured at the core of the World Health Organization’s policy framework for health and well-being in 2020. This states that “building resilience is a key factor in protecting and promoting health and wellbeing”. Similar statements have also been made by wellbeing researchers. Despite this, most resilience research focuses on how to help individuals avoid negative outcomes, rather than achieve positive outcomes. Very few who investigate resilience actually assess wellbeing.

Happiness really does come for free  (Science Daily). Economic growth is often prescribed as a sure way of increasing the well-being of people in low-income countries, but a study led by McGill and the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) suggests that there may be good reason to question this assumption.

20 surprising, science-backed health benefits of music  (USA Today). Research suggests that music not only helps us cope with pain — it can also benefit our physical and mental health in numerous other ways. Read on to learn how listening to tunes can ramp up your health.

Mental Health Plays a Role in Treating and Preventing Heart Disease  (VeryWell) Researchers are stressing the important links between your mental health and heart health. And they’re calling on clinicians to screen and address mental health when seeking to treat heart conditions.

COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health Hasn’t Been All Bad   (Psychology Today). The COVID-19 pandemic has caused mental distress, but it has also strengthened people’s mental health in many ways. New research shows how the crisis has increased mental health through three main processes.

Study uncovers a psychological factor that predict one’s motivation to boost happiness  (PsyPost). A group of researchers from Seoul National University and Korea University have found evidence that “essentializing” happiness—i.e., attributing one’s happiness to immutable factors like genetics—renders individuals less likely to adopt behaviors intended to (and in many cases, proven to) increase happiness.

To Get Through Tough Times Turn Down Your Pessimism   (Psychology Today). New research shows the value of remaining positive when things look negative. There is a personality trait that can explain this tendency to overlook the negative and find reason to celebrate each day as it comes. Optimism, from this perspective, reflects not some delusional form of denial, but a stable quality that allows people to feel genuinely hopeful no matter what’s going on around them.

Emotional Well-Being Under Conditions of Lockdown  (Springer) The coronavirus pandemic and related lockdown measures present serious threats to emotional well-being worldwide. Researchers examined the extent to which being outdoors (vs. indoors), the experience of loneliness, and screen-time are associated with emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Trip Planning and Happiness Are Directly Correlated  (Psychology Today). Research reveals that planning future travel may boost mood and mindset.

A Tale of Three Countries: What is the Relationship Between COVID‐19, Lockdown and Happiness ?  (Wiley Online Library). Though lockdowns do minimise the physical damage caused by the virus, there may also be substantial damage to population well‐being. 

Does Volunteering Make Us Happier, or Are Happier People More Likely to Volunteer? Addressing the Problem of Reverse Causality When Estimating the Wellbeing Impacts of Volunteering   (Springer Link). New research shows that volunteering does indeed make people measurably happier.

Is Awareness of Strengths Intervention Sufficient to Cultivate Wellbeing and Other Positive Outcomes?   (Springer Link). A new study shows that students who reflected on strengths for a 5-week period prior to exams prevented the surfacing of negative emotions and distress, as well as a decline in wellbeing due to the impending examination period. The intervention also enhanced feelings of optimism about the future.

Mental Health Declining During COVID, But Not For Regular Church Attenders  (Theravive). A recent Gallup study reveals a positive connection between regular church attendance and a positive self-evaluation of one’s mental health. I invited experts to give their opinions on these findings and what it is about church attendance that contributes to positive mental health.

Happiness of centenarians a severely neglected area of research  (Mirage). A systematic review by researchers at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney has highlighted the need for clearer definitions of ‘happiness’, ‘life satisfaction’ and ‘positive affect’ in centenarians. This is the first systematic review to summarise the literature on the subjective wellbeing of this unique age group.

Forget what you think happiness is  (Wall Street Journal). Think you know what it means to be happy? Think again. Scientists are learning how to better measure and improve happiness, as the pandemic forces many to question what brings them joy. In the future, some experts believe, people will embrace a more complex definition of happiness that focuses less on uninterrupted bliss and involves everything from a person’s environment to exercises that train the brain in ways to be happy.

How watching TV in lockdown can be good for you — according to science  (Salon). Many mental health organizations have proposed strategies to protect mental health, such as exercising, sleeping well and enjoying nature. This may make us assume that watching TV is ultimately bad for our mental wellbeing. But there is evidence to suggest that watching TV can also be good for us – if we go about it the right way.

One team is redefining how the world measures happiness, for the better  (Inverse).  First released in 2012, the World Happiness Report aims to both quantify and analyze well-being around the world. Each year, it generates press coverage because of its ranking of the world’s happiest countries — typically Nordic countries like Finland and Denmark top the charts.

Women reported decreased happiness during COVID-19 pandemic: Study   (ZEE5).  A recent study found that during the COVID-19 pandemic women, especially mothers, spent more time on tasks such as childcare and household chores than men. In turn, time spent completing household chores was linked to lower well-being and decreased happiness during the pandemic.

Why Older People Managed to Stay Happier Through the Pandemic  (New York Times) . New surveys over the last year show that the ability to cope improves with age.

Australia ‘most expensive country in the world to be happy,’ study finds  (DMarge)  Researchers at Purdue University in the United States have come up with a metric called ‘income satiation’ – basically, the point at which you have enough money to be happy.

Degrees of happiness? Formal education does not lead to greater job satisfaction  (Science Daily).  Education is considered one of the most critical personal capital investments. But formal educational attainment doesn’t necessarily pay off in job satisfaction, according to new research from the University of Notre Dame.

Happiness can be learned through meditation, philosophy and training  (Medical Xpress). Is it possible to learn to be happier? Well, it seems it is—at least according to a scientific study coordinated by the University of Trento and carried out in collaboration with Sapienza University of Rome, now published in Frontiers in Psychology.

Make mine a micro-job! Why working one day a week is the secret of happiness  (The Guardian). Working only one day a week is the secret of happiness, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Do you ever struggle to overcome a bad mood? Scientists have finally figured out why this happens  (News24). In a new study on brain activity led by University of Miami psychologists, researchers explain why some of these emotional experiences persist. According to their research, how a person’s brain evaluates fleeting negative stimuli may influence their long-term psychological well-being.

The unsung secret to stability and happiness during the pandemic  (ZDNet). It’s been a hard year, but at least many people have found a reliable way to reduce stress and increase happiness. Netflix is great and exercise is important, but music, it turns out, has made a positive difference in the lives of many during an often-bleak and perpetually uncertain pandemic year.

How Life Could Get Better (or Worse) After COVID  (Greater Good Magazine). Fifty-seven scientists make predictions about potential positive and negative consequences of the pandemic.

Want a Happier Workplace? Studies Say the Best Companies Do These 5 Things Every Single Day  (Inc.). It will not only make employees happy, it will also increase their productivity.

UK workforce finds happiness in ability to work from anywhere  (Computer Weekly). Study finds 44% of UK workers consider the ability to work remotely as a driver of happiness and 61% would support government policies aimed at the widespread adoption of ‘hybrid’ working practices.

Scientists explore the source of well-being and happiness  (ZJU University). Serotonin, or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), is a messenger molecule that produces a sense of well-being and happiness and is therefore also known as the “happy hormone”. However, the biological mechanism as to how 5-HT generates a sense of well-being has yet to be deciphered.

How has WFH impacted employee happiness? results by sector, revealed  (HRD). If there’s one thing we can all agree on about 2020/21, it’s that most of us have never spent so much time at home. But how has working from home (WFH) affected us? Expert Insolvency Practitioners, Hudson Weir, polled 3,500 employees across the country to find out how well we have taken to it…

Social comparisons with similar people determine income’s effect on happiness  (Phys.org). Researchers have found that in states where incomes were relatively equal, individuals’ happiness was affected less by their incomes because their economic positions were less clearly defined, making social comparisons less meaningful.

Can Online Psychology Classes Increase Well-Being?  (Psychology Today). A study found that participants in online psychology courses saw increases in well-being from their baseline measures. If these classes have long-term benefits, they could become reliable public health interventions.

8 Mix-and-Match Ingredients for a Tailored Be-Well Plan  (Psychology Today). A new systematic review and meta-analysis of well-being studies identified 8 core psychological interventions that delivered positive results. The researchers found, though, that no one approach was best, and encouraged clinicians and individuals to “mix and match” strategies. 

Curiosity and happiness go hand in hand  (The Philadelphia Inquirer). As Einstein said: The important thing is to never stop questioning. Recent research suggests that consistent curiosity goes hand in hand with happiness. 

Lockdown has had a positive effect on some people’s mental health, study reveals  (GentSide). Researchers from the University of Manchester have found that lockdown brought forth a sense of relief for those who struggled with pre-existing depression. 

If You Want to Be Happy, Try to Make Someone Else Happy  (Greater Good Berkeley). What if happiness comes from aiming to make others happy, instead of doing nice things for yourself? That is exactly what a recent study found. 

How to Draw On Your Psychological Resources  (Psychology Today). An international team of psychologists has explored various ways individuals can help alleviate the pandemic’s massive psychological toll – with an arsenal of researched-backed skills, states, and competencies that can help us buffer against stress, bolster mental health, and build new capacities. 

3 Reasons Real-Life Social Support Is Best for Mental Health  (Psychology Today). Many people rely on social media platforms for social support. New research suggests that social media social support (SMSS) doesn’t have a negative impact on mental health. However, real-life social support (RLSS) can reduce anxiety, depression, and loneliness; RLSS has a positive effect on mental health.

The impact of staff happiness on customer service   (Convenience and Impulse Retailing). Three-quarters or 79 per cent of Australian casual workers say their happiness at work directly impacts on the customer experience they can deliver.

Happiness statistics 2021  (Finder.com). Data reveals children, financial security and a good Internet connection make Aussies happy.

So Happy Fur You: Elmhurst Research Links Pet Spending to Joy  (Elmhurst University). In findings published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, Elmhurst University faculty and students showed that a person’s happiness can be affected by purchasing a gift for their pet. Study participants reported being happier when buying for a pet than spending money on themselves or another person.

Happiness Comes from Making Others Feel Good   (Psychology Today). New research published by a team of psychologists at the University of Missouri-Columbia suggests that King’s words are as true today as they were a half-century ago — that our own happiness is, in part, influenced by the kindness and generosity we show others.

Happiness & Sustainability Go Hand In Hand’: New Survey Shows Vegans Are Happier Than Meat Eaters  (Green Queen). A new study was looking to do a deeper dive into the many misconceptions about vegans and vegetarians has taken meat eaters by surprise, with the results showing that vegans reported higher happiness levels (+7%) than those who consume meat.

Zest, Hope, And Humor Are The Most Important Character Strengths, Suggests New Psychological Research  (Forbes). A new study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology suggests that while all character strengths serve an important function, some may be more central to psychological well-being than others — and that zest, hope, and humor are the three strengths most commonly found in well-rounded and psychologically healthy individuals.

Employee happiness drops 75% in two years  (Employee Benefits).The happiness of workers has decreased by 75% since 2019, according to new findings from employee engagement consultancy Inpulse.

If You Want to Be Happy, Try to Make Someone Else Happy  (Epoch Times). In a recent study, college students reported on their happiness and on their sense of autonomy, competence, and connection to others—all what researchers consider to be “basic psychological needs” for well-being.

Green space around primary schools may improve students’ academic performance  (The Conversation). Greenery around primary schools may improve students’ academic performance, while traffic pollution may be detrimental, our study shows. 

This is where older Americans find the most happiness  (Market Watch). A new study “The Four Pillars of the New Retirement: What a Difference a Year Makes” conducted by Edward Jones, the large investment and financial services advisory firm, in partnership with Age Wave, a think tank and consulting firm, and The Harris Poll reports that 70% of Americans say the pandemic has caused them to be more reflective and pay more attention to their long-term finances.

‘Urban green space affects citizens’ happiness’  (Science Daily). A recent study revealed that as a city becomes more economically developed, its citizens’ happiness becomes more directly related to the area of urban green space.

Considering happiness and stress as leading indicators  (OHS Canada). As our understanding of neuroscience evolves, how we manage workplace safety and health must also evolve.

How You Decorate Your Home Can Impact Your Happiness   (Women’s Health). Google partnered with the Arts & Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University to explore the impact of sensory input on our minds and bodies. They designed three different rooms, and participants wore bands to track their physiological responses as they moved through each room.

One Walking Strategy That Will Secretly Make You a Happier Person  (Eat This. Not That). If you’re looking to really boost your mood—and to view the world in a much more positive light—walking can help you out there, too. You just need to employ one specific mental technique devised by researchers at Iowa State University and published in the Journal of Happiness Studies.

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Top 100 in Psychology - 2022

This collection highlights our most downloaded* psychology papers published in 2022. Featuring authors from around the world, these papers showcase valuable research from an international community.

You can also view the top papers across various subject areas here .

*Data obtained from SN Insights, which is based on Digital Science's Dimensions.

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Cats learn the names of their friend cats in their daily lives

  • Saho Takagi
  • Atsuko Saito
  • Hika Kuroshima

psychological research topics 2021

The impact of digital media on children’s intelligence while controlling for genetic differences in cognition and socioeconomic background

  • Bruno Sauce
  • Magnus Liebherr
  • Torkel Klingberg

psychological research topics 2021

Reading on a smartphone affects sigh generation, brain activity, and comprehension

  • Motoyasu Honma
  • Yuri Masaoka
  • Masahiko Izumizaki

psychological research topics 2021

Birdsongs alleviate anxiety and paranoia in healthy participants

  • J. Sundermann

psychological research topics 2021

SARS-CoV-2 spike protein induces cognitive deficit and anxiety-like behavior in mouse via non-cell autonomous hippocampal neuronal death

  • Junyoung Oh
  • Woo-Hyun Cho
  • Sung Joong Lee

psychological research topics 2021

Prevalence, age of decision, and interpersonal warmth judgements of childfree adults

  • Zachary P. Neal
  • Jennifer Watling Neal

psychological research topics 2021

Acute and protracted abstinence from methamphetamine bidirectionally changes intrinsic excitability of indirect pathway spiny projection neurons in the dorsomedial striatum

  • Sanghoon Choi
  • Steven M. Graves

psychological research topics 2021

Indeterminacy of cannabis impairment and ∆ 9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (∆ 9 -THC) levels in blood and breath

  • Gregory T. Wurz
  • Michael W. DeGregorio

psychological research topics 2021

Perceiving societal pressure to be happy is linked to poor well-being, especially in happy nations

  • Egon Dejonckheere
  • Joshua J. Rhee
  • Brock Bastian

psychological research topics 2021

Fitness tracking reveals task-specific associations between memory, mental health, and physical activity

  • Jeremy R. Manning
  • Gina M. Notaro
  • Paxton C. Fitzpatrick

psychological research topics 2021

Higher emotional awareness is associated with greater domain-general reflective tendencies

  • Michelle Persich
  • William D. S. Killgore

psychological research topics 2021

Investigation of humans individual differences as predictors of their animal interaction styles, focused on the domestic cat

  • Lauren R. Finka
  • Lucia Ripari
  • Marnie L. Brennan

psychological research topics 2021

Cichlids and stingrays can add and subtract ‘one’ in the number space from one to five

  • V. Schluessel

psychological research topics 2021

Group VR experiences can produce ego attenuation and connectedness comparable to psychedelics

  • David R. Glowacki
  • Rhoslyn Roebuck Williams
  • Mike Chatziapostolou

psychological research topics 2021

Smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment reveals mental health benefits of birdlife

  • Ryan Hammoud
  • Stefania Tognin
  • Andrea Mechelli

psychological research topics 2021

Deep language algorithms predict semantic comprehension from brain activity

  • Charlotte Caucheteux
  • Alexandre Gramfort
  • Jean-Rémi King

psychological research topics 2021

Misinformation of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine hesitancy

  • Sun Kyong Lee
  • Juhyung Sun
  • Shane Connelly

psychological research topics 2021

Children with autism spectrum disorder show atypical electroencephalographic response to processing contextual incongruencies

  • Amparo V. Márquez-García
  • Vasily A. Vakorin
  • Sam M. Doesburg

psychological research topics 2021

Childhood temperament and adulthood personality differentially predict life outcomes

  • Amanda J. Wright
  • Joshua J. Jackson

psychological research topics 2021

Identification of genes associated with human-canine communication in canine evolution

  • Akiko Tonoike
  • Ken-ichi Otaki
  • Miho Nagasawa

psychological research topics 2021

Breath chemical markers of sexual arousal in humans

  • G. Pugliese
  • J. Williams

psychological research topics 2021

Hyperrealistic neural decoding for reconstructing faces from fMRI activations via the GAN latent space

  • Thirza Dado
  • Yağmur Güçlütürk

psychological research topics 2021

Brain aging differs with cognitive ability regardless of education

  • Kristine B. Walhovd
  • Lars Nyberg
  • Anders M. Fjell

psychological research topics 2021

Short-sighted decision-making by those not vaccinated against COVID-19

  • Julia G. Halilova
  • Samuel Fynes-Clinton
  • R. Shayna Rosenbaum

psychological research topics 2021

Groove rhythm stimulates prefrontal cortex function in groove enjoyers

  • Takemune Fukuie
  • Kazuya Suwabe
  • Hideaki Soya

psychological research topics 2021

Human magnetic sense is mediated by a light and magnetic field resonance-dependent mechanism

  • Kwon-Seok Chae
  • Soo-Chan Kim
  • Yongkuk Kim

psychological research topics 2021

Innovative composite tool use by Goffin’s cockatoos ( Cacatua goffiniana )

  • Antonio J. Osuna-Mascaró
  • Roger Mundry
  • Alice M. I. Auersperg

psychological research topics 2021

Is a downwards head tilt a cross-cultural signal of dominance? Evidence for a universal visual illusion

  • Zachary Witkower
  • Alexander K. Hill
  • Jessica L. Tracy

psychological research topics 2021

Systematic review and meta-analysis of cognitive impairment in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)

  • Mehdi Aoun Sebaiti
  • Mathieu Hainselin
  • François Jérôme Authier

psychological research topics 2021

Identification and validation of Alzheimer’s disease-related metabolic brain pattern in biomarker confirmed Alzheimer’s dementia patients

  • Matej Perovnik
  • Petra Tomše

psychological research topics 2021

Impact of fasting on stress systems and depressive symptoms in patients with major depressive disorder: a cross-sectional study

  • Britta Stapel
  • Daniela Fraccarollo
  • Kai G. Kahl

psychological research topics 2021

Bio-behavioral synchrony is a potential mechanism for mate selection in humans

  • Nathalie klein Selle

psychological research topics 2021

The cognitive and psychiatric subacute impairment in severe Covid-19

  • Pedro J. Serrano-Castro
  • Francisco J. Garzón-Maldonado
  • Fernando Rodríguez de Fonseca

psychological research topics 2021

CNS imaging characteristics in fibromyalgia patients with and without peripheral nerve involvement

  • Hans-Christoph Aster
  • Dimitar Evdokimov
  • Claudia Sommer

psychological research topics 2021

The effects of contracting Covid-19 on cognitive failures at work: implications for task performance and turnover intentions

  • James W. Beck

psychological research topics 2021

The effects of mindfulness meditation versus CBT for anxiety on emotional distress and attitudes toward seeking mental health treatment: a semi-randomized trial

  • Daniela Aisenberg-Shafran
  • Liav Shturm

Trait emotional intelligence in American pilots

  • Zachary Dugger
  • K. V. Petrides
  • Bernadette McCrory

psychological research topics 2021

Mindfulness meditation increases default mode, salience, and central executive network connectivity

  • Benno Bremer
  • Kathrin Koch

psychological research topics 2021

Effect of MIND diet intervention on cognitive performance and brain structure in healthy obese women: a randomized controlled trial

  • Golnaz Arjmand
  • Mojtaba Abbas-Zadeh
  • Mohammad Hassan Eftekhari

psychological research topics 2021

Bodily ownership of an independent supernumerary limb: an exploratory study

  • Kohei Umezawa
  • Yuta Suzuki
  • Yoichi Miyawaki

Anabolic–androgenic steroid use is associated with psychopathy, risk-taking, anger, and physical problems

  • Bryan S. Nelson
  • Tom Hildebrandt
  • Pascal Wallisch

psychological research topics 2021

Longitudinal changes in auditory and reward systems following receptive music-based intervention in older adults

  • Milena Aiello Quinci
  • Alexander Belden
  • Psyche Loui

psychological research topics 2021

Reaction time and working memory in gamers and non-gamers

  • Ronnie Lidor

psychological research topics 2021

Simulated visual hallucinations in virtual reality enhance cognitive flexibility

  • Clara Rastelli
  • Antonino Greco
  • Nicola De Pisapia

psychological research topics 2021

Rapid but specific perceptual learning partially explains individual differences in the recognition of challenging speech

  • Karen Banai
  • Hanin Karawani
  • Yizhar Lavner

psychological research topics 2021

Mindfulness-based online intervention increases well-being and decreases stress after Covid-19 lockdown

  • Francesco Bossi
  • Francesca Zaninotto
  • Emiliano Ricciardi

psychological research topics 2021

Automated meta-analysis of the event-related potential (ERP) literature

  • Thomas Donoghue
  • Bradley Voytek

psychological research topics 2021

Model-based learning retrospectively updates model-free values

  • Maaike M. H. Van Swieten
  • Sanjay G. Manohar

psychological research topics 2021

Interaction with the future self in virtual reality reduces self-defeating behavior in a sample of convicted offenders

  • Jean-Louis van Gelder
  • Liza J. M. Cornet
  • Job van der Schalk

psychological research topics 2021

The newborn brain is sensitive to the communicative function of language

  • Bálint Forgács
  • Tibor Tauzin
  • Judit Gervain

psychological research topics 2021

Cognitive profiles in children and adolescents with Down syndrome

  • Sara Onnivello
  • Francesca Pulina
  • Silvia Lanfranchi

psychological research topics 2021

Short term treatment with a cocktail of rapamycin, acarbose and phenylbutyrate delays aging phenotypes in mice

  • Warren Ladiges

psychological research topics 2021

Effects of exploring a novel environment on memory across the lifespan

  • Judith Schomaker
  • Valentin Baumann
  • Marit F. L. Ruitenberg

psychological research topics 2021

The impact of psychopathology on academic performance in school-age children and adolescents

  • Mireia Pagerols
  • Raquel Prat

psychological research topics 2021

Effect of berry-based supplements and foods on cognitive function: a systematic review

  • Negar Bonyadi
  • Neda Dolatkhah
  • Maryam Hashemian

psychological research topics 2021

Attention rhythmically samples multi-feature objects in working memory

  • Samson Chota
  • Stefan Van der Stigchel

psychological research topics 2021

Functional brain connectomes reflect acute and chronic cannabis use

  • J. G. Ramaekers
  • N. L. Mason

psychological research topics 2021

Simple questionnaires outperform behavioral tasks to measure socio-emotional skills in students

  • Mélusine Boon-Falleur
  • Adrien Bouguen
  • Coralie Chevallier

psychological research topics 2021

Neuronal effects of glabellar botulinum toxin injections using a valenced inhibition task in borderline personality disorder

  • Tillmann H. C. Kruger
  • Jara Schulze
  • M. Axel Wollmer

psychological research topics 2021

Naloxone’s dose-dependent displacement of [ 11 C]carfentanil and duration of receptor occupancy in the rat brain

  • Kelly A. O’Conor
  • Nora D. Volkow

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rs-fMRI and machine learning for ASD diagnosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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How to Find Psychology Research Topics for Your Student Paper

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Are you searching for a great topic for your psychology paper ? Sometimes it seems like coming up with topics of psychology research is more challenging than the actual research and writing. Fortunately, there are plenty of great places to find inspiration and the following list contains just a few ideas to help get you started.

Finding a solid topic is one of the most important steps when writing any type of paper. It can be particularly important when you are writing a psychology research paper or essay. Psychology is such a broad topic, so you want to find a topic that allows you to adequately cover the subject without becoming overwhelmed with information.

I can always tell when a student really cares about the topic they chose; it comes through in the writing. My advice is to choose a topic that genuinely interests you, so you’ll be more motivated to do thorough research.

In some cases, such as in a general psychology class, you might have the option to select any topic from within psychology's broad reach. Other instances, such as in an  abnormal psychology  course, might require you to write your paper on a specific subject such as a psychological disorder.

As you begin your search for a topic for your psychology paper, it is first important to consider the guidelines established by your instructor.

Research Topics Within Specific Branches of Psychology

The key to selecting a good topic for your psychology paper is to select something that is narrow enough to allow you to really focus on the subject, but not so narrow that it is difficult to find sources or information to write about.

One approach is to narrow your focus down to a subject within a specific branch of psychology. For example, you might start by deciding that you want to write a paper on some sort of social psychology topic. Next, you might narrow your focus down to how persuasion can be used to influence behavior .

Other social psychology topics you might consider include:

  • Prejudice and discrimination (i.e., homophobia, sexism, racism)
  • Social cognition
  • Person perception
  • Social control and cults
  • Persuasion, propaganda, and marketing
  • Attraction, romance, and love
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Prosocial behavior

Psychology Research Topics Involving a Disorder or Type of Therapy

Exploring a psychological disorder or a specific treatment modality can also be a good topic for a psychology paper. Some potential abnormal psychology topics include specific psychological disorders or particular treatment modalities, including:

  • Eating disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Profile a  type of therapy  (i.e., cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, psychoanalytic therapy)

Topics of Psychology Research Related to Human Cognition

Some of the possible topics you might explore in this area include thinking, language, intelligence, and decision-making. Other ideas might include:

  • False memories
  • Speech disorders
  • Problem-solving

Topics of Psychology Research Related to Human Development

In this area, you might opt to focus on issues pertinent to  early childhood  such as language development, social learning, or childhood attachment or you might instead opt to concentrate on issues that affect older adults such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Some other topics you might consider include:

  • Language acquisition
  • Media violence and children
  • Learning disabilities
  • Gender roles
  • Child abuse
  • Prenatal development
  • Parenting styles
  • Aspects of the aging process

Do a Critique of Publications Involving Psychology Research Topics

One option is to consider writing a critique paper of a published psychology book or academic journal article. For example, you might write a critical analysis of Sigmund Freud's Interpretation of Dreams or you might evaluate a more recent book such as Philip Zimbardo's  The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil .

Professional and academic journals are also great places to find materials for a critique paper. Browse through the collection at your university library to find titles devoted to the subject that you are most interested in, then look through recent articles until you find one that grabs your attention.

Topics of Psychology Research Related to Famous Experiments

There have been many fascinating and groundbreaking experiments throughout the history of psychology, providing ample material for students looking for an interesting term paper topic. In your paper, you might choose to summarize the experiment, analyze the ethics of the research, or evaluate the implications of the study. Possible experiments that you might consider include:

  • The Milgram Obedience Experiment
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • The Little Albert Experiment
  • Pavlov's Conditioning Experiments
  • The Asch Conformity Experiment
  • Harlow's Rhesus Monkey Experiments

Topics of Psychology Research About Historical Figures

One of the simplest ways to find a great topic is to choose an interesting person in the  history of psychology  and write a paper about them. Your paper might focus on many different elements of the individual's life, such as their biography, professional history, theories, or influence on psychology.

While this type of paper may be historical in nature, there is no need for this assignment to be dry or boring. Psychology is full of fascinating figures rife with intriguing stories and anecdotes. Consider such famous individuals as Sigmund Freud, B.F. Skinner, Harry Harlow, or one of the many other  eminent psychologists .

Psychology Research Topics About a Specific Career

​Another possible topic, depending on the course in which you are enrolled, is to write about specific career paths within the  field of psychology . This type of paper is especially appropriate if you are exploring different subtopics or considering which area interests you the most.

In your paper, you might opt to explore the typical duties of a psychologist, how much people working in these fields typically earn, and the different employment options that are available.

Topics of Psychology Research Involving Case Studies

One potentially interesting idea is to write a  psychology case study  of a particular individual or group of people. In this type of paper, you will provide an in-depth analysis of your subject, including a thorough biography.

Generally, you will also assess the person, often using a major psychological theory such as  Piaget's stages of cognitive development  or  Erikson's eight-stage theory of human development . It is also important to note that your paper doesn't necessarily have to be about someone you know personally.

In fact, many professors encourage students to write case studies on historical figures or fictional characters from books, television programs, or films.

Psychology Research Topics Involving Literature Reviews

Another possibility that would work well for a number of psychology courses is to do a literature review of a specific topic within psychology. A literature review involves finding a variety of sources on a particular subject, then summarizing and reporting on what these sources have to say about the topic.

Literature reviews are generally found in the  introduction  of journal articles and other  psychology papers , but this type of analysis also works well for a full-scale psychology term paper.

Topics of Psychology Research Based on Your Own Study or Experiment

Many psychology courses require students to design an actual psychological study or perform some type of experiment. In some cases, students simply devise the study and then imagine the possible results that might occur. In other situations, you may actually have the opportunity to collect data, analyze your findings, and write up your results.

Finding a topic for your study can be difficult, but there are plenty of great ways to come up with intriguing ideas. Start by considering your own interests as well as subjects you have studied in the past.

Online sources, newspaper articles, books , journal articles, and even your own class textbook are all great places to start searching for topics for your experiments and psychology term papers. Before you begin, learn more about  how to conduct a psychology experiment .

What This Means For You

After looking at this brief list of possible topics for psychology papers, it is easy to see that psychology is a very broad and diverse subject. While this variety makes it possible to find a topic that really catches your interest, it can sometimes make it very difficult for some students to select a good topic.

If you are still stumped by your assignment, ask your instructor for suggestions and consider a few from this list for inspiration.

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2020 was an unusually stressful year, to say the least. As we gear up for another trip around the sun, here are six insights from the world of psychology to help you meet 2021 with a renewed sense of energy and an invigorated state of mind.

1. You weren’t (necessarily) happier when you were younger.

The start of a new year can evoke feelings of aging and loss. But there’s an easy way to reframe this negative attitude: Assume that you will be happier in the next year than in the last. In fact, there’s a good amount of scientific research to back this up. Recent research published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science found optimism to be lowest in people's 20s, then to rise steadily into our 30s and 40s, peaking in the 50s, and gradually declining after that. Specifically, it was at age 55 that people experienced the highest levels of optimism.

Another study found that life satisfaction showed little decline across the lifespan and, in some cases, it actually went up. For instance, the researchers found that in the Anglo world (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States), life satisfaction tends to improve with age. They also found that both marriage and employment are associated with higher levels of life satisfaction across the lifespan.

2. When it comes to relationships, commitment is key.

We’ve all seen good and bad relationships. Perhaps some of us have experienced both.

What is the magic combination of factors that makes a relationship flourish? A team of scientists led by Samantha Joel of Western University in Canada found that people who held a steadfast belief that their partner was committed to the relationship were most likely to report being in a flourishing relationship. Interestingly, commitment mattered more to the quality of a relationship than passion, support, affection, and sexual frequency.

3. It’s in our nature to see the best in people.

The human mind is incredibly good at filling in the gaps of perception. It's how we perceive movement from a series of cascading images, and how we see three-dimensional objects on two-dimensional surfaces.

What about when it comes to gauging the physical appearance of others? A recent paper appearing in the journal Nature suggests that our minds instinctively err on the side of beauty. A team of psychologists led by Diana Orghian of the University of Lisbon found that incomplete photographs were judged to be significantly more attractive than complete photographs.

“Under information shortage, people are positively biased when judging others’ facial attractiveness ,” say the authors. “This suggests that people fill in the missing information with optimistic inferences.”

4. Don’t just set goals, set the right goals.

Psychologists will tell you there’s a big difference between setting goals and setting the right goals. How do you know if you are setting the right goals? New research suggests that the following scale can help. Rate, on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree) how well each of the following five reasons explains why you want to achieve the goals you do:

  • Because somebody else wants me to, or because I’ll get something from someone if I do.
  • Because I would feel ashamed if I didn’t.
  • Because I really believe it is an important goal to have.
  • Because of the fun and enjoyment which the goal will provide me.
  • Because it represents who I am and reflects what I value most in life.

If you felt like questions 3 through 5 described your goals, it's likely that you are on the right track. If you felt that questions 1 and 2 applied better to your situation, then you might want to change course. This is because reasons 3-5 indicate that you are intrinsically and self-concordantly motivated to pursue a goal while reasons 1 and 2 point to extrinsic or non-concordant motivation .

“When people pursue goals that are aligned with their underlying values, talents, interests, and needs (i.e., self-concordant goals), they are more likely to attain their goals,” state the authors of the research, led by Aidan Smyth of Carleton University in Canada. “Pursuing and attaining self-concordant goals affords experiences of autonomy, competence, and relatedness, which are essential to well-being. Conversely, pursuing non-concordant goals can lead people to waste time and energy on goals that, even if attained, will not benefit their well-being or development.”

5. Be open, be positive, be straightforward.

There are hundreds if not thousands of traits psychologists use to describe someone’s personality. A person can be gentle, nervous, modest, or conscientious . Someone can be demanding, independent, vain, or risk-taking .

Which traits are most likely to be found in psychologically “healthy” individuals? A team of researchers led by Weibke Bleidorn of the University of California, Davis attempted to answer this question in a recent paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology . They found that high levels of openness to feelings, positive emotions, and straightforwardness were most indicative of a healthy personality. Conversely, hostility, vulnerability, and anxiousness were least likely to be found in well-adjusted individuals.

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6. You can be mindful and ambitious at the same time.

Mindfulness , or the ability to exist in the present moment in a sustained and non-judgmental way, has been shown to have numerous health benefits. Mindful individuals exhibit reduced stress levels, have better focus, and are less emotionally reactive.

But what does it mean to be a mindful person? New research appearing in the journal Consulting Psychology found that ambitious personalities — that is, people who are socially self-confident, competitive, leaderlike, and energetic — tend to be more mindful. While this may seem counterintuitive, the researchers offer a good explanation for it. They theorize that ambitious individuals have learned to be effective at balancing their attention and awareness to achieve their goals. In other words, the mental focus necessary to be an ambitious person translates into many of the same qualities associated with mindfulness.

Moreover, the researchers take a positive view of ambition. They write, “Behaviors relevant to both ambition and mindfulness are often described positively — being “in the zone,” “Zen-like,” and generally being both attentive and aware.”

Conclusion: Psychological research is full of wisdom that can help you live a happier life. This year, try to:

  • Remember that things will get better with time.
  • Stay committed to the relationships you value most.
  • Try to see the best in people.
  • Set goals that reflect who you are as a person.
  • Be open, positive, and straightforward.
  • Be mindful and ambitious.

Who knows what new doors may open if you do.

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The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is pleased to announce its eighth annual Top 10 Work Trends list. Based on member surveys, these are the issues expected to have the most impact on work in 2021. 

The topics on SIOP’s 2021 Top 10 list are multifaceted and complex—some have been on prior years’ lists and others are very focused trends resulting from the distress of a global pandemic and critical social issues that came to the forefront in 2020.

Below you’ll find a description of each of the top 10 work trends and a brief summary of some of the ways I-O psychologists are helping organizations address them. Throughout 2021, a diverse group of “Trend Champions” will be curating research and practice resources., so be sure to visit the Top 10 Work Trend s page often for updates.

Trend #10: Virtual Learning

Virtual learning, the use of technology to deliver instruction and facilitate more effective learning, is our 10 th most impactful trend identified this year. Although use of technology to enable digital aspects of learning and gamification has been evolving for decades along with more robust technology and algorithms; the global pandemic, which kept many at home and out of traditional classrooms, accelerated increased usage and adoption across workplaces and educational institutions around the globe.

I-O psychologists who focus on learning design, learning delivery, and measurement of outcomes have been helping in many ways including building and implementing platforms and tools like learning experience platforms (LXPs) to expand upon more traditional learning management systems (LMSs), updating design of learning programs to be mobile/remote first, integrating behavioral economics into approaches to facilitate actions, and measuring the impact of how learning is retained and applied differently because of new delivery approaches.  

Trend #9: Building Cultures of Agility and Adaptability

Identified as a top trend on a couple of our prior lists, this trend has once again risen to the Top 10. With so much disruption—in different ways across different industries and geographies—many businesses have had to pivot their business strategies and adjust approaches to getting work done accordingly. With some organizations implementing reductions in their workforce and others rapidly expanding, the amount of change experienced in a short time was immense. Some companies found it easier to navigate than others, and many who wouldn’t describe their organization cultures as agile and adaptive have started to embrace building this capability going forward.

I-O psychologists can help organizations respond by applying diagnostic tools, developing playbooks, and designing other interventions to help organizations adopt new values, shift mindsets, and grow their capabilities. Internal practitioners responsible for strategic HR practices like workforce planning, talent analytics, and other talent management and development practices are also helping their organizations increase their agility and adaptability by leveraging data to inform decision making and updating existing practices.

Trend #8: The Changing Nature of Work

For the 5 th consecutive year, the Changing Nature of Work appears on our Top 10 Work Trends list. Many recent developments of this trend are being driven by the growing adoption of artificial intelligence, increased digitization, more automation, and approaches to who (employees, contractors, consultants, temps, etc.) does the work and how, often based on an evolution of new skills required.

Although artificial intelligence is influencing most technical domains, on its own it lacks any theoretical understanding of humans and how we work. I-O psychologists have a unique role to play integrating psychological research on job performance and individual well-being with cutting edge artificial intelligence techniques. Our opportunity is to strengthen the humanistic component of work by helping to leverage AI in ways that support us as individuals rather than solely focusing on organizational efficiencies. It is up to I-O psychologists to guide and steer AI so that it makes the workplace a better place for humans.

Trend #7: Work-Life Integration

After falling off the Top 10 Trends list last year, work–life integration re-emerged as a key trend, in large part due to the shifts which took place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Work and other aspects of life converged in new ways when large portions of workforces shifted to work from home. New adaptations are required for handling schooling for children; managing personal and family member illness; and other aspects including community, well-being, health, and other lifestyle components.

I-O pscyhologists help organizations understand the challenges employees face and help them update workforce practices that increase engagement, retention, productivity, adoption of healthy behaviors (e.g. introducing stress management tools), training, flexibility, and other key interventions.

Trend #6: Team Effectiveness Across Virtual and Distributed Environments

Appearing on our list 5 years ago, team effectiveness across virtual and distributed environments reemerged as a top trend this year, as many workers stopped working in their offices.  With significant developments in collaborative technology over recent years, some organizations have grown accustomed to working effectively without being physically co-located, but others are grappling with challenges to productivity as leaders, managers, and team members who relied on physical proximity are being required to adapt new ways of working.

I-O psychologists help organizations adapt to this trend through providing models and skill building to help prioritize goals, align resources, facilitate effective communication, conflict management, and other productive and effective behaviors that build and sustain team performance.

Trend #5: Social Justice

Elements of social justice, the process of ensuring equal rights and access to opportunities, regardless of individual factors has been integrated into many corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs and organizational practices for decades. Yet, when George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last year, it seemed to be the tipping point for many organizations to integrate these programs further into the fabric of their businesses.

I-O psychologists often help organizations address these issues by providing advice and a facilitated approach to identifying meaningful goals in the context of each organization’s ecosystem and developing related road maps (incorporating leadership commitments, employee and community involvement strategies, skill building, measurement tools, etc.) to address these complex issues.

Trend #4: Inclusive Practices to Get, Keep and Grow Talent

Appearing again on the Top 10 Work Trends are inclusive practices to get, keep, and grow talent. Inclusive practices are implemented in organizations in order to ensure that all people, especially those who hold minority identities across various dimensions (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, social class, religion, etc.), feel accepted and valued in the workplace. This topic has important implications for enhancing the extent to which the individual and organizational benefits of workplace diversity are realized. Effective management of diversity, equity, and inclusion means that diverse talent are excited about working at an organization, are able to put forth their best contributions, and desire to stay.

I-O psychologists are equipped to support this trend in various ways, such as providing organizations with knowledge of inclusive practices, evaluating current practices to identify areas of improvement, developing trainings to help implement them, examining the role of implicit and explicit bias in organizational processes, exploring disparities in job attitudes across groups, and designing interventions to address them.

Trend #3: Implementing Strategies and Measuring Progress on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belongingness (DEI&B)

Related to the above trend, implementation of new strategies and measurement of impact of various diversity, equity, inclusion, and belongingness programs emerged as its own trend this year.  This is in large part due to the continual evolution of talent analytics capabilities.  With the capture of accurate and consistent data over time, and the availability to key stakeholders of practical reporting and dashboarding tools, progress on DEI &B initiatives, or lack thereof, is becoming much more visible.

I-O psychologists can use their expertise in the management of large amounts of information and analysis of data to help organizations create reporting that leads to increased awareness and education through descriptive analysis, predictive insights, and prescriptive recommendations.   

Trend #2: Employee Health, Well-Being, Wellness, and Safety

Similar to last year, this trend remains a top priority for many organizations. Benefits costs continue to rise, and organizations continue to invest in helping employees manage stress to help reduce the physical, mental, and emotional impacts that drive increased costs. Those costs are both direct costs to the balance sheet and indirect costs like lower engagement, performance, and retention. With COVID-19, a much greater focus on safety emerged for both essential and non-essential workers; and many employees shifted to working from home and experienced greater integration between work and family.

I-O psychologists help organizations by conducting research to identify root causes of stress and design programs to decrease risks. In collaboration with other experts, I-Os provide advice on the design of ethical and practical benefits programs and work practices that contribute to health, well-being, wellness, and safety of employees and members of organization’s expanded workforces. 

Trend #1: Remote Work and Flexible Working Arrangements

Working remotely and flexible work arrangements emerged as our top trend this year. Although significant variation exists across industries, occupations, and geographies, the rise of remote work impacted many and has a broad array of implications for both employers and employees.

To support organizations in adapting to this trend, I-O psychologists help them evolve culture and leadership practices, and update the design of workforce strategies. In some cases, strategies will be less dependent on geography and in others will need to incorporate greater understanding of impacts on different types of workers. I-O psychologists also help organizations devise updated compensation practices, productivity measures, hiring practices, assessments of satisfaction, engagement, and career development.  

Resources for Using I-O Psychology to Solve Business Challenges

SIOP Members are industrial-organizational psychologists and work science experts who conduct research and apply their expertise to issues associated with work, the workplace, and the workforce They provide service to business, government and academia, many of them working across sectors. If you’re looking for an expert to help with your organization’s work challenges, visit the  SIOP Consultant Locator  to identify a partner specializing in your area of need.

Additional resources providing practical business applications on these and other key trends can be found in the SIOP White Paper collection . For more in-depth coverage of several of the core issues organizations face today, explore the SIOP  Organizational Frontiers Book Series . You may also wish to read previous Top 10 Trends lists  here .

This year’s Top Ten Work Trends list was based on analysis of results from two online surveys sent to approximately 7,000 SIOP members in October and November of 2020.

To create this year’s Top 10 Work Trends list, SIOP asked its members to predict trends based on their recent experiences as well as their recent interactions with clients and colleagues. Themes were compiled, and then members prioritized the top 10 issues facing organizations in 2021.

More about I-O Psychology

I-O psychology is a dynamic and growing field that addresses work-related issues at the individual and organizational level. I-O psychologists apply research that improves the well-being and performance of people and the organizations that employ them. This involves everything from workforce planning, employee selection, and leader development to studying job attitudes and job motivation, implementing work teams, improving diversity and inclusion, and facilitating organizational change.

Many thanks to  Amanda Woller , Visibility Committee Chair;  Heidi Glickman , Media Subcommittee Chair; Media Subcommittee Members  Nicholas Baldwin and Jaclyn Jensen, and SIOP Administrative Office partner  Barbara Ruland  for planning and execution, and to the 2021 Top 10 Work Trend Champions who’ll be monitoring and curating these trends throughout the year.

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100 Best Psychology Research Paper Topics 2023

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If you are trying to write the best psychology research paper possible, you will undoubtedly hit a stone wall sooner or later. You will discover that finding new, interesting psychology research paper topics can be extremely difficult. Truth be told, psychology as a class is pretty difficult. We hear about students failing this class every semester. That is why we thought it would be an excellent idea to help students with a list of psychology topics for research paper assignments. This list is updated frequently, so you can use these titles for your next paper without worry. Also, please note that you can use any title in our list for free. You can use titles as they are or modify them as you wish. We are providing these psychology research paper topics for college students for free.

Carefully Select Psychology Topics For Research Paper Assignments

Many students simply don’t understand why psychology research paper topics are important. Nor do they understand that they must carefully select the topics. The reality is that without a good topic, your paper will not be worth much. You won’t probably be able to get the grade you wish. We know it’s very difficult to find interesting topics, especially when it comes to developmental psychology research paper topics. Here is what a good topic looks like:

  • It is narrow enough that you can write a 500-word essay on it and cover the topic in depth.
  • It is interesting and fresh. You want topics that are of interest today, not something that was discussed to death in the 1950s.
  • It has the potential to arouse the interest of your professor. Think about what your professor likes to talk about and find a topic related to that.
  • It is relatively complex. Topics that are too simple will make your professor think that you didn’t want to dedicate enough effort to writing your paper.
  • The topics for a psychology research paper must be unique. In other words, you should be fairly certain that your classmates will not use them for their papers.
  • The topic should be something you know about. You don’t have to be an expert because you will research the topic. However, you need to have a basic understanding of the underlying concepts at least.

Good Topics For A Psychology Research Paper Really Matter

Topics are extremely important. We can’t stress this enough! The way you pick your research paper topics for psychology essays greatly influences your final grade. And not only do the topics influence your grade, but they may also do many other things:

  • Picking good topics for a psychology research paper helps you write the essay a lot faster. You probably know some information about the subject, and you know where to find the rest. You can easily fill the gaps.
  • You will get bonus points from your professor for extraordinary research paper topics in psychology. Yes, most professors value the topics they see. It shows them that you’ve really dedicated a lot of time and effort to researching and writing an excellent essay.
  • Good research topics can teach you a lot of things. If you are interested in psychology, that is your opportunity to learn new things about something new. You will find a lot of interesting information while researching the topic.

Where Can You Find Interesting Research Topics?

Of course, you want to know where you can find interesting research topics. It’s not that simple, unfortunately. In fact, there are even dangers. Most students will turn to the Internet to find the topics they need. You quickly realize that your classmates are probably doing the same thing. That’s when you think that by downloading lists of topics from shady websites, you can get a competitive edge. You’ll just get your computer infected by malware and viruses. Don’t even try it! Also, don’t pay various websites for lists of topics because these are usually scams.

You can find interesting psychology topics in your school’s library. But for this, you will need a lot of time. You will need to read journals and psychology research articles written by established authors and try to find things that they didn’t cover – things that need further research. Another way to get some topics is to ask on writing forums or writing blogs. Most people will help you without asking for money, but you will also get ridiculed a lot. In our experience, the best way to get a list of good topics for a psychology research paper is to turn to a writing company. Their writers are experts in the field, and you also get ample guarantees that you will get what you pay for. Professional academic writing with a diploma in psychology will compose a list of unique, interesting topics in just a couple hours for you.

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Forensic Psychology Research Paper Topics

  • What are the consequences of hallucinations?
  • The pros and cons of executing criminals.
  • What causes delusions and why they so dangerous?
  • The definition of capital mitigation.
  • Does anyone have the right to confess?
  • Reasons for sexual abuse in families in Eastern Europe.

Cognitive Psychology Research Paper Topics

  • ADHD affects children’s development – here is how!
  • Can we measure our critical thinking ability?
  • The three best ways to recover from memory loss problems.
  • Repressing parts of memories is shown to be caused by these three factors
  • What is color psychology, and how is it used?
  • How does Autism affect small children?

Abnormal Psychology Research Paper Topics

  • The main causes of anorexia among little children.
  • Why are people so anxious about death?
  • An analysis of the Oedipus concept in today’s society.
  • The factors that lead to suicide among teenagers.
  • Examining perverse sexual behaviors in the workplace.
  • Modern capitalism is based on antisocial tendencies.

Sports Psychology Topics for Research Paper

  • Do psychical educators cause anxiety disorder in their pupils?
  • The correlation between going to the gym and good mental health.
  • What is sports psychology, and how does it help athletes?
  • Football coaches also have a mental role, not just a physical one.
  • Young athletes want to win, no matter the consequences. Why?
  • Some athletes resort to doping, risking their entire career. Why?

Developmental Psychology Topics for Research Paper

  • We need to eradicate bullying, and psychology is the key!
  • Discussing gender roles in today’s society.
  • How can you learn ten different languages in 10 months?
  • Violence in children is growing out of control. Why?
  • Factors that inevitably lead to child abuse.
  • Violence is promoted via social media, not just games.

Social Psychology Research Paper Topics

  • The link between depression and social cognition.
  • How does Facebook influence our children nowadays?
  • Explaining the bystander effect related to social psychology.
  • What causes prejudice in US society?
  • What are the causes of discrimination?
  • The three most important prosocial behaviors.

Child Psychology Research Paper Topics

  • The impact of sexting on children.
  • How does the Postpartum Depression affect children?
  • The impact of violent music on children.
  • Parental negligence causes child obesity.
  • Saying “No” to children can lead to unexpected results.
  • What are hyperactive children, and what causes this condition?

IB Psychology Extended Topics

  • How can we treat borderline personality disorder?
  • The three ways we as a society can help children after divorces.
  • Is there any correlation between witchcraft and Satanism?
  • Religion has an important impact on our mental health.
  • What causes depression in young adults?
  • Why is our society still supporting gender bias?

Analyzing Breakthrough Psychological Experiments

  • Analyzing the Conditioning Experiments by Pavlov
  • Analyzing the Rhesus Monkey Experiments by Harlow
  • Analyzing the Milgram Obedience Experiment by Stanley Milgram
  • Analyzing the Little Albert Experiment by John B. Watson
  • Analyzing the Asch Conformity Experiment by Solomon Asch
  • Analyzing the Stanford Prison Experiment by Stanford University

Clinical Psychology Research Topics

  • Can psychology get rid of chronic pain problems?
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to reduce or eliminate depression.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can reduce addictions.
  • How does insomnia influence human psychology?
  • What is really causing eating disorders in teenagers?
  • Can we cure agoraphobia?

Common Psychology Research Topics

  • Attractive people lead a happier life – true or false?
  • Abandoning senior citizens increases their chances of mental illnesses.
  • How do psychologists intervene in the military?
  • What is postpartum depression, and how does it manifest?
  • Divorce counseling is not helpful, and here is why!
  • Your brain is affected every time you win or lose.
  • The roles of men and women in society have greatly changed in the last 50 years.

Emotional Heath Topics

  • Interesting emotional developments in senior citizens.
  • Teenagers from divorced families have unique emotional characteristics.
  • How can we develop emotional responsiveness?
  • What is the emotional Stroop effect, and how can we use it effectively?
  • Emotions really do affect sports performance.
  • Emotions are difficult to recognize for people with schizophrenia.

Mental Illness Topics

  • The effects of torture on mental health.
  • The threat of terrorism is causing mental illnesses.
  • PTSD is a mental illness and should be treated as such.
  • The multiple personality disorder explained.
  • Bipolar disorders directly affect our health.
  • Should chronic depression be considered a mental illness?
  • Is Alzheimer a hereditary disease?

Anxiety and Depression Topics

  • The main causes of depression in teenagers.
  • The five methods that effectively treat anxiety.
  • The three common signs you are entering a depression.
  • Methods that alleviate postpartum depression effectively.
  • Is anxiety a mental illness?
  • The general causes of teenage depression.

Argumentative Paper Topics

  • We can now treat psychopathy disorder.
  • Yes, sex addiction is a very real disorder.
  • Many terrorists are actually mentally stable people.
  • Excessive selfies are an early indication of narcissism.
  • Child depression is a growing concern.
  • Here is why people love to volunteer.

Definition Research Paper Topics

  • What is Sociopathy?
  • Defining the “borderline personality” disorder.
  • What is Social Darwinism?
  • Analyzing the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • What are the three types of memory errors?
  • Analyzing the Macbeth Effect in detail.
  • What is Unconscious Inference?
  • Analyzing the term “depression.”

Top Psychology Research Methods

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70 Psychology Research Topics (2021 List Updated)

Psychology research topics go around the human mind, its functions, and also how the brain works with behavior. Therefore, choosing the best topic to study in this field may be difficult but also a good way to understand science. Research topics in this area increase with levels, and therefore, it is important to be updated on every area at your level. For instance, during your undergraduate level, some of the research topics you may do includes;

  • Eating disorders.
  • Sexuality etc.

Mostly, for the postgraduate level, learning might be more, and now you may be needed to look at specific areas related to this science. For instance;

  • Firstly, explain how bullying affects cognitive development.
  • Secondly, the role of parenting in child behavior.
  • Thirdly, effects of drug abuse on cognitive functionality.
  • Fourthly, post traumatic disorder spectrum.
  • Fifthly, effect of the subconscious on mind functions.
  • Finally, how exposure to electronic gadgets affects speech. Etc.

How To Choose a Psychology Research Topic.

Your choice for a particular subject of study may be determined by the instructions given in the prompts. For instance, if you are needed to write a 1500-word essay, then you have to choose a wide topic that allows you to do many searches. Therefore, for short research papers, it is good to choose specific topics that major on a certain area to avoid over explanation. Choosing research topics therefore are part of some tasks you cannot avoid in college. This is a skill on its own because it tells the instructor of your preparedness to address or go through with the topic.

Firstly, they tell what you are going to write. Also, for most students, deciding on one topic may be hard because some are interesting than others. While this may sound confusing, students must decide on a topic to do. Additionally, there are many factors to check before choosing a research topic;

  • Firstly, your understanding of the topic- It is good to choose a topic that you love and understand better to make good points. Sometimes, this freedom is short lived when the instructor decides on the topic, he/she wants the students to do.
  • Secondly, make sure the topic has supporting materials – a research paper is usually based on facts. Therefore to get this, students must make sure that data from different areas can support all their points on a topic. Next time, your topic must be research worthy to help you extend your search and write a great research.

Other important things to consider are such as:

  • Thirdly, check informational topics as your priority- some topics have little information. Such topics include cliché’s that have been over used over time. With this topic, you are only left with less ideas to write because almost every part of the topic has been done.
  • Fourthly, fit your topic to a specific research methodology – Dissertations need the student to write the applied research methodology. Therefore, giving a wide one shows your understanding of the topic, increasing your chances of getting an great score.
  • Finally, avoid topics that need further research – working with fully done topics also gives you a nice flow because the reader gets to know how all the facts are narrowed down to a specific point. Hence, topics that need further research leaves your points hanging and without a clear direction, which may affect your grade.

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Types of Psychology Research Topics.

  • Social psychology.
  • Cognitive psychology.
  • Sports psychology
  • Child psychology.
  • Forensic psychology.
  • Clinical psychology.
  • Developmental psychology.
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Experimental psychology.

There are many topics on psychology to research. Therefore, your choice will be based on your major. This is to say, it is not wise to do forensic topics while your major is on developmental psychology. The reason is that this will be a topic outside your area of study, also you may not have covered it in your study.

Examples of Psychology Research Topics.

Social psychology topics.

  • What is social psychology?
  • How peer pressure affects behaviors.
  • What causes bullying?
  • Effects of negative reinforcement on behavior
  • How to handle grief.
  • Should therapists be in romantic relations with their clients?
  • Reconciliation after betrayal.
  • How culture cushions behavior.
  • The psychological effect of dealing with a terminal illness.

Cognitive psychology topics

  • How do we measure intelligence quotient (IQ)?
  • What causes attention deficit disorder?
  • What is Amnesia?
  • Effect of autism on child development.
  • Critical thinking skills and how it develops.

Sports psychology topics

  • Explain the trends in sports psychology.
  • How does income relate to mental health?
  • Do psychological tests reveal the chances of steroid use in sports?
  • Do head injuries cause mental disorders?
  • How has sport psychology evolved in the 21 st century?
  • Does physical fitness reduce mental illnesses?
  • Tactics of anger management in sports.

Child psychology topics

  • Effect of domestic violence on children.
  • Does mental health affect eating disorders?
  • Does hyperactivity show an extrovert personality?
  • Explain the phases of psychological development in children.
  • Does the media affect child behavior?
  • How does parenting style affect behavior?
  • Does child abuse affect mental health?

Forensic psychology topics

  • How effective is rehabilitation in prison?
  • What is mass killing and its effect on conformity?
  • Is domestic violence gender oriented?
  • How does internet police work?
  • Is violence against men underrated?
  • Role of the internet in supporting crime.

Clinical psychology topic

  • Does body pain come from the mind?
  • Effects of drug abuse on mental health.
  • Clinical treatment of addictions.
  • What is behavioral therapy?
  • Can living standards lead to depression?
  • The latest development in the field of clinical psychology.

Development psychology

  • The role of watching video games on aggressive behaviors.
  • Does domestic violence lead to mental illness among victims?
  • Does stress lead to fast aging?
  • Triggers of psychopathic conducts among adolescents.
  • Underlying issues that produce serial killers.
  • Factors that increase the likelihood of child abuse.

Abnormal psychology.

  • The causes of a surge in suicide rates.
  • Anorexia in children.
  • How to control anxiety and depression.
  • Multiple personality disorder.

Experimental psychology

  • Does money increase mental stability?
  • Do women suffer less from mental illness?

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