Psychology EE Presentation
Psychology EE Presentation
IB PSYCH EE 2014/15
With thanks in part to John Crane, Mr Rob Wilcox, and Mrs Sarah Dayal
IB PSYCH EE – LITERATURE BASED
In Psychology, the extended essay is
literature based. This means that you read
scientific journals and books that deal with
the topic that you are investigating.
IB PSYCH EE – EXPECTATIONS
Based on your reading you must formulate a
focused research question and find
appropriate material to answer it. The EE
should be in the form of an argument for its
An extended essay in psychology cannot be
an experiment, and you are not supposed to
carry out any interviews to collect data.
It is recommended that you do
not attempt to do your EE in
Psychology unless you are
studying this subject as part of
the IB programme.
To be successful it is really important to keep your
research question well focused.
Too broad: Does stress relate to illness? Focused: To
what extent is stress involved in coronary heart
Too broad: What determines whether flashbulb
memories of an event will form? Focused: What is
the current evidence about the role of social sharing
of memories in the formation and maintenance of
Examples of topics and essay questions:
Sports psychology: To what extent does a coach play a role in
a team’s motivation?
Developmental: To what extent are attachment patterns
Abnormal: Why are more women than men diagnosed with
Relationships: Is there a biological basis for homosexuality?
Cognition: To what extent can a child’s testimony be seen as
credible and reliable within an eyewitness situation?
The sample questions above are to help you identify an area of interest. You
do not need to use the same question, you can write your own. It is important
that you take time to discuss the question with one of the psychology
teachers and your supervisor.
The Scientific American Mind is also an excellent resource for investigating
areas of research and finding key journal articles.
IT CAN BE FUN!
You learn about a new topic and become an expert on it
Once you start writing – the process feels less intimidating!
It is about doing something you think is interesting! You will
be working many hours on it! Many enjoy it!
You will find that 40 hours fly by! Sometimes you may feel
you could use some more time!
Choose material that is actually available. Do some good
early research to ensure there is material out there!
You are not reinventing the wheel!
MORE TOPICS – PSYCH AND EDUCATION
Psychology and Education
Montessori schools: based on a humanistic approach to education are they also in line with cognitive theory?
An investigation into whether there is a critical period for language acquisition
The effect of music on the human brain
To what extent do parents’ discipline style influence the temperament of the children?
How far is intelligence determined by heredity or how far is it malleable?
What is the relationship between precocious talent and adult achievement? ( e.g. in Music)
Do children who have attended some form of pre-schooling when under the age of 5 yrs have an educational advantage
when they start school?
To what extent does violence in the televised media have the potential to increase the level of aggression within
A cross-cultural comparison ( e.g. China/UK ) of the effects of schooling on motivation to learn and educational
Should boys and girls be educated differently?
An evaluation of “smart drugs” in improving school performance
MORE TOPICS – PSYCH AND HUMAN RELATIONS
Is there a biological basis for homosexuality?
To what extent is the Stanford Prison Study an adequate explanation of what
happened in the Holocaust?
To what extent does psychology provide valid explanations for altruistic
Resiliency in response to traumatic events – why makes some people more
resilient than others?
To what extent can the “contact hypothesis” be used to decrease prejudice
How far can the committing of war atrocities be explained by Milgram’s
MORE TOPICS – PSYCH AND HEALTH
Is addictive behaviour more inherited or is it more influenced by environment and their
How can society address the problem of teenage obesity?
The effect of diet on children’s performance in an educational setting
How do Psychological factors affect a person’s immune system?
Is hypnosis an effective treatment for pain relief?
What are the effects of the disruption of the circadian cycle by jetlag and how can the
effects be avoided?
Are married couples happier than singles?
What do we know about the relationship between stress and physiological illness and can
we use that knowledge to cope with stress?
An investigation into the extent to which adolescent binge drinking is a product of
MORE TOPICS – PSYCH AND ABNORMAL
To what extent is depression the result of one’s environment?
To what extent are the media to blame for eating disorders?
To what extent is Schizophrenia no longer a viable Psychological construct?
To what extent are the causes of anorexia the result of cultural factors?
What effect do autistic siblings have on their non-autistic siblings
Is it possible to determine what causes autism?
A comparison of the effectiveness of individualized counseling and family counseling n the
treatment of anorexia
Are children raised by single parents more likely to become depressed than others?
An evaluation of SSRIs in the treatment of depression
Should “shyness” be treated?
MORE TOPICS – PSYCH AND SPORTS
What levels of psychological arousal are most effective for players in team sports?
What methods are available to avoid choking in competitive sport?
Why exercise hurts: an exploration of the processes and functions of fatigue and pain
How effective can exercise be in combating clinical depression?
How does participation in team sports influence the development of social skills in 12-16 year old school students?
To what extent does personality affect an elite sportsman’s performance?
Does being a perfectionist have a detrimental effect on sporting performance?
Aggression in sports: A discussion of the psychological explanations of aggression in female amateur roller derby players
and the extent to which this aggression affects the player’s everyday life
The relationship between team cohesion and performance in basketball
To what extent does a coach play a role in a team’s motivation?
How to decrease the problem of football hooliganism
MORE TOPICS – PSYCH AND CRIMINOLOGY
Is profiling an accurate method to deter terrorism?
To what extent is violent crime in men the result of a biological predisposition?
To what extent can a child’s testimony be seen as credible and reliable within an
Can empathy be taught? : an evaluation of the ‘Restorative Justice’ initiative in the
How far can psychological theories and research be applied to help juries make
OTHER TOPICS NOT COVERED
What is the best way to be happy at work? Is happiness compatible with
productivity? Is there any evidence that companies which treat their workers well
are more commercially successful?
What are the psychological consequences of current increases in job-insecurity
and unemployment arising from the ‘credit-crunch’ ?
Are there any common characteristics of ‘good leaders’ or do leaders need to
exercise different personal qualities or styles of behaviour in different spheres? (
e.g. factory manager, vs army commander )