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Picking Good Psychology Research Paper Topics: 10 Helpful Ideas


  1. Make a plan
  2. In order to write a psychology paper you need to have a proper plan because psychology papers require authenticity and affirmative results. So your plan matters and before going into the details of the essay you have to decide which particular area of psychology you’re interested in? Is it general psychology or industrial psychology?

  3. Traditional v/s Contemporary
  4. Any science or social science subject is divided into two parts:

    • The past
    • The present and the future

    It’s totally up to you whether you’re interested in some psychological disease or issue that existed several hundred years ago or if you want to write about recent times? Going with the old topics might prove easier because of the availability of a large amount of secondary data. While the contemporary topics are still under study and may require you to do a little primary research of your own.

  5. Primary v/s Secondary
  6. Like I mentioned above, you have to decide whether your essay will be entirely based on secondary data you pick off from the internet or you will conduct some small scale survey analysis of your own? While choosing a topic you need to consider this particular issue intently.

  7. Sources
  8. Where will you get your data from? Are you going to go through psychology journals or consult blogs? Will most of your secondary data research occur online or offline?

  9. Feasibility and availability
  10. Now the topic selection involves a very important consideration which is “information availability and feasibility”. You do not want to pick a topic just because it sounds fancy. You need to be logical and thorough while selecting the topic.

  11. Data Requirements
  12. Does your essay require statistical data like graph charts etc.? You need to consider such things while choosing a topic. Do not write about depression in some country if you don’t have the data figures available to support your essay.

  13. Alternatives
  14. Rather than working on a single, final choice it’s advisable to shortlist some alternative topics just to be a little proactive.

  15. Evaluate Alternatives
  16. Evaluate the topics after thorough and careful consideration of above mentioned points.

  17. Pick one and refine the topic
  18. Take your time to screen the alternatives, weigh their benefits before selecting one final topic

  19. Get the Approval and start the essay