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Final year dissertation

Former MemberFormer Member The Mix Honorary GuruPosts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
:eek: :nervous: ....ok havent got a clue what to do it on!im a third year psychology student and if there is anyone who could give me a few links of how to go about starting it or even ideas on what to do it on it would be much appreciated!

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  • Former MemberFormer Member The Mix Honorary Guru Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    surely your uni have given you some advice on this?
  • Former MemberFormer Member The Mix Honorary Guru Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Do you not have a project supervisor who you can discuss your ideas with? At our uni we were given a long long list of supervisors and possible areas of investigation they would be willing to supervise. Otherwise, you could try looking over some past work you've done, picking out studies that interest you and then thinking of how you could design a study that is easily testable based on/improving on those studies. Good luck.
  • Former MemberFormer Member The Mix Honorary Guru Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    we where told to pick a study advisor but only if we had an idea of a topic to cover...and a plan on how we could do about doing it...basically im just confused about what area i should go into....perhaps i should go to a career guidance counseller but would they know enough about psychology or would it be like them reading out a perspectous to you???
  • Former MemberFormer Member The Mix Honorary Guru Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    No I don't think a career's counsellor would be of much use at all, is there not someone within the department you can discuss this with?

    Obviously you have a lot of different areas of psychology so pick ones that you feel you could do well writing about, and that are easily testable (eg. things within the area of cognition might be quite easy to test, whereas stuff to do with child or adult clinical psychology is likely to be more difficult).

    As I said before, look at studies that you've read/about previously - you must have come across loads - and think about their weaknesses or how they could be improved, or studies that would be useful to do in relation to existing ones, and work from there. Might also be useful to think about what sort of design you would be interested in using - would you like to just distribute questionnaires, or have participants carry out a practical task, or both?

    Perhaps consider some of the material in the modules you are doing this year, or talk to your lecturers about possible research.

    Do you have to carry out the research alone? We had to work in pairs/threes. Perhaps if you've got friends who do psychology too it would be worth bouncing some ideas off each other.
  • Former MemberFormer Member The Mix Honorary Guru Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Do it on me, im quite mental!
  • Former MemberFormer Member The Mix Honorary Guru Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    FireFly85 wrote: »
    No I don't think a career's counsellor would be of much use at all, is there not someone within the department you can discuss this with?

    Obviously you have a lot of different areas of psychology so pick ones that you feel you could do well writing about, and that are easily testable (eg. things within the area of cognition might be quite easy to test, whereas stuff to do with child or adult clinical psychology is likely to be more difficult).

    As I said before, look at studies that you've read/about previously - you must have come across loads - and think about their weaknesses or how they could be improved, or studies that would be useful to do in relation to existing ones, and work from there. Might also be useful to think about what sort of design you would be interested in using - would you like to just distribute questionnaires, or have participants carry out a practical task, or both?

    Perhaps consider some of the material in the modules you are doing this year, or talk to your lecturers about possible research.

    Do you have to carry out the research alone? We had to work in pairs/threes. Perhaps if you've got friends who do psychology too it would be worth bouncing some ideas off each other.


    thanks for your help...i was thinking that sports psychology would be an easy topic to do it on....and i would do practical tasks and measure perfromance on perhaps stress or positive thinking or something like that...as for doing research i think its all on our own as everyones topic is different....ill see how it goes this week and im sure there will be loads of ideas flying around....think it just all dawned on me that i have to actualy to a bit of work this year!.....one last thing do you think that it is important to do the dissertation on the area that you would like to persue....because even though i think sports psychology would be an easy topic to do it on...im not sure if its a career i would like to persue...
  • Former MemberFormer Member The Mix Honorary Guru Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Jonny8888 wrote: »
    Do it on me, im quite mental!

    :lol: i could easily do it on myself but that would be too scary!:nervous:
  • Former MemberFormer Member The Mix Honorary Guru Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    thanks for your help...i was thinking that sports psychology would be an easy topic to do it on....and i would do practical tasks and measure perfromance on perhaps stress or positive thinking or something like that...as for doing research i think its all on our own as everyones topic is different....ill see how it goes this week and im sure there will be loads of ideas flying around....think it just all dawned on me that i have to actualy to a bit of work this year!.....one last thing do you think that it is important to do the dissertation on the area that you would like to persue....because even though i think sports psychology would be an easy topic to do it on...im not sure if its a career i would like to persue...

    Yeah that sounds like a good idea to me, you could perhaps test people that are involved in sports at your university and perhaps look at pre-competition arousal and its effect on performance, or visualisation and mental rehersal and their effect on performance or something?

    It might be useful to do the dissertation in an area you want top pursue but then again some areas would be very difficult to research into given the time constraints and other limitations you have. From what I can tell what seems to be important in progressing into a career in psychology is experience of the area you want to go into (eg. working with children with special needs if you want to go into educational psychology) coupled with a good degree, I don't think your dissertation topic would have too much influence on that, it is more down to what you feel will be useful for you and what you'll do best in.
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