Psychology Research Topics

Psychology Research 1More than 150 Ideas

This list of more than 150 psychology research topics includes the elements of popular presentation of psychology, or “pop” psychology. People in the academic world probably should not be as surprised as we are that people are still willing to believe in a wide array of bizarre causal mechanisms for mental illness and in the treatments those beliefs inspire, despite a complete lack of empirical evidence supporting them. The realm of pop psychology certainly overlaps the science of psychology, but there are large areas of the two that rarely meet. But many topics in popular psychology may offer students a great opportunity for research.
This list of research topics is by no means a complete guide to everything there is to know about psychology, but it will serve as a starting point for those who wish to find out more. We have included important historical figures in the development of psychology and attempted to cover a broad range of topics about which the average non-psychologist may have heard something and can find interesting.

Biological Bases of Behavior

1. Addiction
2. Aphasia
3. Biofeedback
4. Brain
5. Brain Imaging Techniques
6. Chemical Imbalance
7. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
8. Epilepsy
9. Imprinting
10. Mad Cow Disease
11. Nervous System
12. Prefrontal Lobotomy
13. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
14. Sleep and Dreaming
15. Split-Brain Surgery
16. Stroke
17. Ten Percent Myth

Mental Disorders

18. Addiction
19. Alzheimer’s Disease
20. Amnesia
21. Aphasia
22. Asperger’s Disorder
23. Attention-Defi cit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
24. Autism
25. Chemical Imbalance
26. Down Syndrome
27. DSM-IV
28. Epilepsy
29. Learning Disability
30. Mad Cow Disease
31. Mental Retardation (MR)
32. Mood Disorders
33. Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD)
34. Munchausen Syndrome
35. Narcolepsy
36. Nervous Breakdown
37. Paraphilias
38. Pervasive Development Disorders
39. Phobias
40. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
41. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
42. Schizophrenia
43. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
44. Tourette Syndrome
45. Williams Syndrome

Drugs and Chemicals

46. Addiction
47. Chemical Imbalance
48. Depressants
49. Gingko Biloba
50. Kava
51. Opioids (Opiates)
52. Psychedelic Drugs
53. St. John’s Wort
54. Stimulants

Historic Figures and Associations

55. American Psychological Association (APA)
56. Chomsky, Noam
57. Erikson, Erik
58. Freud, Sigmund
59. Galton, Francis
60. James, William
61. Jung, Carl Gustaf
62. Kinsey, Alfred
63. Masters, William H., and Johnson, Virginia E.
64. Neo-Freudians
65. Pavlov, Ivan
66. Piaget, Jean
67. Skinner, B. F.
68. Vygotsky, Lev
69. Watson, John B.
70. Wundt, Wilhelm

Popular “Gurus” and Movements

71. Chopra, Deepak
72. Dianetics/Scientology
73. Gray, John
74. McGraw, Phillip (“Dr. Phil”)
75. Transcendental Meditation

Pseudoscience

76. Acupuncture
77. Alien Abduction
78. Aromatherapy
79. Astrology
80. Body Type
81. Chopra, Deepak
82. Cold Reading
83. Craniosacral Therapy
84. Dianetics/Scientology
85. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
86. Facilitated Communication (FC)
87. Gray, John
88. Homeopathy
89. Parapsychology
90. Past-Life Regression
91. Pseudoscience
92. Randi, James
93. Rebirthing
94. Rolfing
95. Satanic Ritual Abuse
96. Self-Esteem
97. Subliminal Perception
98. Ten Percent Myth
99. Therapeutic Touch
100. Thought Field Therapy
101. Transcendental Meditation

Psychological Assessment

102. “Big Five” Personality Factors
103. Brain Imaging Techniques
104. Gardner, Howard
105. Intelligence
106. Projective Tests of Personality

Psychological Research Methods

107. Brain Imaging Techniques
108. Correlation
109. Hawthorn Effect
110. Nonspecific Effects
111. Obedience to Authority
112. Parapsychology
113. Research Methods in Psychology

Psychological Theories and Ideas

114. Attachment
115. Bilingualism
116. Birth Order
117. Body Type
118. Brainwashing
119. Chemical Imbalance
120. Cognitive Dissonance
121. Diffusion of Responsibility
122. Emotional Intelligence
123. Gestalt
124. Humanistic Psychology
125. Insanity Defense
126. Media Violence and Its Effects on Children
127. Memory
128. Moral Development
129. Mozart Effect
130. Obedience to Authority
131. Parapsychology
132. Parenting Styles
133. Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
134. Savants and Prodigies
135. Self-Esteem
136. Stockholm Syndrome
137. Subliminal Perception
138. Ten Percent Myth

Psychology and the Law

139. Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142)
140. Insanity Defense

Treatments

141. Acupuncture
142. Aromatherapy
143. Biofeedback
144. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
145. Craniosacral Therapy
146. Depressants
147. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
148. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
149. Facilitated Communication (FC)
150. Gestalt
151. Gingko Biloba
152. Homeopathy
153. Humanistic Psychology
154. Hypnosis
155. Kava
156. Opioids (Opiates)
157. Past-Life Regression
158. Prefrontal Lobotomy
159. Primal Therapy
160. Psychiatry
161. Rebirthing
162. Rolfi ng
163. St. John’s Wort
164. Split-Brain Surgery
165. Stimulants
166. Therapeutic Touch
167. Thought Field Therapy
168. Transcendental Meditation