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Interesting Research Topics Psychology Students Should Work On

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Psychology is such a diverse field, with layers of subfields such as applied psychology, blog psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, forensic psychology, personality psychology, sport psychology – just to name a few.

If you are studying psychology, as part of your course requirement, you would have to do a research project. It all begins with a research topic. For some, this won’t be a particular problem but others find this to be a rather complex task.

Here are some potential topics that you can consider for your research project: 

Mental health

  • Mental health in academia
  • Expressive writing and mental health (This was my research project when I did my MSc at the University of Hertfordshire);
  • Work, unemployment and mental health;
  • Conduct a nationwide survey on mental health;
  • Gender and mental health
  • How do colours affect our mood?

Clinical psychology

  • What are the psychological reasons behind depression?
  • Clinical assessment of malingering and deception;
  • Implications for clinical practice of the psychology of forgiveness;
  • Internet addiction;
  • Porn addiction
  • Comparison of psychological disorders

Developmental psychology

  • Impact of teenage sexting on children and its consequences;
  • Anxiety in children; 
  • Teenage self-esteem; 
  • Depression among institutionalised older adults
  • Factors affecting human development at various age groups
  • Impact of bullying on student achievement


  • The psychology of blogging
  • What drives hacktivism?
  • Can virtual reality help to fight obesity?
  • What are the health risks of having a different ‘Facebook self?’
  • The personality of those who do not use Facebook
  • Effect of emoji on communication

Social psychology

  • Why do extraverts feel more satisfied with their lives?
  • Affect, emotion, and cross-cultural differences in moral attributions; 
  • The pros and cons of ingroup ambivalence; 
  • Are religious people more moral than atheists?
  • Love, altruism, and affection
  • Attitude and attitude change among millennials

Sport psychology

  • Mental health benefits of playing snooker
  • Compare interventions with youth and senior elite athletes;
  • Sports and exercise safety;
  • Combat sports and personality;
  • Psychological benefits of informal and lifestyle sports
  • Freeing our minds before a competition
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Educational psychology

  • How to make learning meaningful?
  • Benefits of integrating media in lessons;
  • Effects of problem-solving on students’ monitoring accuracy;
  • Video interaction guidance in collaborative group work
  • Evaluate the effect of a teacher training programme
  • Achievement motivation
  • Statistics anxiety among students

Tips on doing research

While going through psychology research topics, remember to choose one that matches your research interest. You can visit go over articles on Psychreg to find out more topics. You can also read the published research on Psychreg Journal of Psychology to get more ideas. 

Another tip: make sure that you can develop a good hypothesis on the topic and that you can easily access contents about it.

Of course, it may happen that the required psychology essay issue is too difficult to research or you simply have no time to work on it. In this case, you can ask for help with your psychology essays. The expert staff writes psychology essay samples that meet your needs as well as are formatted according to the latest academic demands. So, when you need some assistance, let professionals help you out.

James Wallace has been an advocate for mental health awareness for years. He holds a master’s degree in counselling from the University of Edinburgh. 

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