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Finding an undergrad research topic for my thesis (in Psychology)?

I'm currently in my 3rd of undergrad (BA, Psychology). I'm planning to do an honours thesis next year but am completely overwhelmed on deciding what to research on. [more inside]
posted by raintree on Apr 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Song lyrics re-enforce like a mantra?

I've been looking to no avail for research into the content of song lyrics re-enforcing ideas like a mantra in the mind. Does anyone know of any research into this? We learn by repetition so one would imagine the brain isn't selective. Brand re-enforcement advertising works this way so lyrical content should too?
posted by debord on Feb 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Heart Rate Monitoring on the Cheap

Dear Hive Mind, My friend (a graduate student in psychology) wants to collect physiological measures for her dissertation. However, she doesn't have much money with which to do so. What is the cheapest way for her to accurately record the heart rate of some undergraduates? How much more will it cost her to be able to export the data to a computer? Thanks 10^6, zscore
posted by zscore on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Dead ends everywhere I look

That I've posed this question more than once before in various forms doesn't say very many good things, but the circumstances being what they are, I have to hope the answer is yet to be found. That's all I've got really- hope.I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( in May, with a BA in psychology from Stony Brook University in NY), looking for love, a job, a journey and a purpose. I'm also in a wheelchair, unable to speak fluently in an increasing percentage of life situations, grossly overweight, unmotivated and uninspired. Help me build a life away from my couch and outside of daytime TV, Facebook and lies. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Oct 10, 2013 - 25 answers

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

How honest is the author of "The Truth about Dishonesty," Dan Ariely?

My wife and I have been reading and enjoying Ariely's books, but we're a little skeptical. Many of his study results seem a bit too spectacular. Some studies produce dramatic surprises. All of which, of course, makes for great entertainment. Can you tell me whether, in general, others have duplicated his study results? What kind of reputation does he have among behavioral researchers?
posted by markcmyers on May 29, 2013 - 4 answers

A study which shows that people unite against a common enemy?

Over on reddit, a commenter said that they once read a "social science study" which showed that people are more likely to rally in support of a cause when there's a common enemy to hate. It supposedly showed how when people were given the opportunity to unite and campaign for a positive cause, they showed little interest; but that the presence of a hostil opponent motivated the group to unite and rally against it. Can anyone think of a study along those lines?
posted by dontjumplarry on Mar 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Summer research grants / scholarships for science undergraduates?

What are some non-institution-specific scholarships or grants for someone who wants to do primate research this summer? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Feb 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Do you know about any researchers studying human behavior with regard to motivation, habits, and goal-setting, or books/papers about those topics?

Do you know about any researchers studying human behavior with regard to motivation, habits, and goal-setting, or books/papers about those topics? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Dec 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Which of these paths will point me in the best direction?

Please help me pick the most relevant program for my career/education goals. [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Nov 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Finding interesting soc/psych research to discuss

A group of friends and I, all recent college graduates, have decided to meet weekly to discuss interesting recent sociology and psychology research. How would we go about finding it outside of ScienceDaily, and - more importantly - how can we access it now that we're all without database access?
posted by LSK on Jul 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Please help me find a psychology winter research scholarship overseas :)

I'm an Australian psychology student looking for an undergraduate research program/scholarship overseas (anywhere, but especially UK or USA), any time from October 2012-early 2013. The problem is, my summer is your winter, and I can't seem to find any "winter research programs" via Google. [more inside]
posted by KLF on May 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Where do I go from a psychology BA career- and education-wise?

Any advice on turning on turning a psychology BA into a research-related, but non-academic and non-clinical career? [more inside]
posted by H4D11 on Apr 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Torture by the CIA: research projects vs. real-world knowledge

Torture by the CIA, specifically experimental/psychological torture, between about 1955 and 1985: how much more would CIA-funded lab psychologist Donald Hebb have known about specific real-world practices/pervasiveness than the general public could know? Articles or books where I can research this (especially anything he wrote himself)?
posted by kalapierson on Feb 2, 2012 - 1 answer

stampede psychology

Is there any good research into how people behave in a stampede? You know, the classic fire in a theatre sort of stampede. I'm looking for academic articles, books, slate.com speculations, anything. Thanks!
posted by Pants! on Jan 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me counterbalance 200 questionnaires!

How can I effectively (and efficiently) counterbalance the questions for 200 questionnaires? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Jan 8, 2012 - 16 answers

We'd like to be better at working with older adults.

I work in a research lab that is transitioning from working with young adult populations to working with 60 year old and up adults. Most people in the lab who don't have experience with older adults (myself included) are finding the transition frustrating and difficult at times. Can you recommend some resources to help us work better with older adults? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Nov 2, 2011 - 14 answers

I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare?

I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Mar 18, 2011 - 12 answers

Published research on the development of sexual fantasies

I'm wondering if there exists a published timeline that explains all the psychological changes before, during, and after puberty in regards to sexual fantasies. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jan 28, 2011 - 5 answers

I want to kick some cognitive memory ass!

I just got hired at a psychology research lab at a very prestigious university. I have no background in academic research and very little academic background in this field. I have an associates degree in humanities, and psychology is a field that interests me greatly. What can I do to not mess this up? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Nov 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Any health benefits through writing about Obesity?

I've being researching about well-being and achieving this through self-disclosure (Pennebaker style) I've been narrowing my scope down to focus on how Pennebaker's style of writing has helped obese patients overcome psychological issues associated with obesity similar to other works on alcoholics and victims of traumatic experiences. I'm not a Psychologist so a lot of the research out there is unknown to me, so does anyone know of any papers or authors that address this? I've looked around but it might help if i have a lead or somewhere to start.
posted by jbw on Sep 25, 2010 - 2 answers

How do I find information about cat personality research?

Librarians? Anyone? I'm looking for information on describing and/or predicting cat personality characteristics. I've been trying to find a library (or otherwise borrowable) copy of the ASPCA's "Meet Your Match Feline-ality guide" somewhere, or science/research/articles about it. No hits in WorldCat. Is it hopeless? [more inside]
posted by amtho on May 30, 2010 - 6 answers

Old Friends Old Flames

Does anyone know of any research into social media platforms and the phenomena of looking up people from one's past? Surveys? Sociological Research?
posted by elis on May 24, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I get research experience post-graduation?

How do I get research experience post-graduation? [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Feb 1, 2010 - 4 answers

ELIZA and the efficacy of "professional" therapists versus the rest of us

Meta-Meta-RelationshipFilter: Have there been any scientific trials to study the efficacy of talk therapy that involved a placebo as control? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Apr 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Where is this article on group psychology?

Recent study showing that the person in a group who talks most is judged most knowledgeable by other members of the group. I read an article about this somewhere on the Web within the last three weeks, and now I can't find it again. Can you help?
posted by markcmyers on Mar 20, 2009 - 2 answers

What are some examples of psychological studies demonstrating how people are less perceptive than they believe?

What are some examples of psychological studies demonstrating how people are less perceptive than they believe? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Aug 1, 2008 - 11 answers

To grad school or not to grad school?

Interesting careers with a social sciences PhD? / Talk me out of grad school! [more inside]
posted by Sock Muppet Acct! on Mar 1, 2008 - 13 answers

Calling all psychology majors...

Psychologists - Help me find some references to get me started on reading about awareness in small groups. [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck on Apr 24, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me graduate!

So I'm an undergrad working on my honors thesis, and the deadline is disconcertingly soon. (less than a month!) and I still can't get my sample size large enough! How can I recruit children ages 8-18 with ADHD with school out? I've already asked all the kids at the practice I'm associated with. Any suggestions, especially ones that would work quickly are much appreciated. I'd like to begin data analysis within a week to be able to start writing. Target number of kids: 10-15 more [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jul 28, 2006 - 18 answers

The origin of sexual vocalisations...

When we have sex it is usually women who utter the most vocal noise. What are the possible evolutionary origins of this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 10, 2006 - 54 answers

Finding a huge electronic list of personality traits?

I need to find a lengthy list of English-language personality traits. Allport and Odbert's 1936 list would be awesome, and a searchable text version (meaning, not a scanned book) would be even better. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Dec 11, 2005 - 6 answers

Ethics of online research

I am a research assistant for a project that involves studying participants in a website for a particular deviant sexuality. I think my research methodology is unethical, but my supervisor disagrees. What can I do? Is the internet a public or private place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2005 - 47 answers

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