Does anyone have any ideas for a psychology research proposal?

Question by lostlove09: Does anyone have any ideas for a psychology research proposal?
I am a undergraduate 2nd year majoring in psychology. I’m interested in substance abuse, relationships, eating disorders, etc. but I’m having trouble conducting a study on these subjects.

I’m interested in anything and everything, but the above topics are my main interests.

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Answer by michele
You could compare the rates of co-morbid alcohol abuse among college students with anorexia nervosa vs bulimia nervosa.

Good luck with your project,
~Dr. B.~

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  1. freetimeman said,

    Wrote on November 15, 2011 @ 4:26 am

    How about doing research on how vitamin D effects our emotions….why I’m asking about this is because I’ve heard about schizophrenic patients may do better when on a high dose of vitamin D supplement…..anyway….it sounds interesting! Why would this be so….could this be a missing link? Do we need to check peoples vitamin D levels to assure proper mental health? Someone also told me about you should drink milk in the Sun….and that the Sun converts it into vitamin D….we need light?….what about those who do not get enough Sunlight?…..Goodluck!

  2. RWPossum said,

    Wrote on November 15, 2011 @ 5:26 am

    With regard to substance abuse, there are two current areas of research that I find interesting. A psychologist wrote a paper on recovery in which he recommends activities that involve thinking and memory. A study shows that mice who use an addictive drug can be drawn away from the drug when they’re attracted by something new. I know of someone who used both ideas, a woman in rehab who was learning to play the guitar. What I like especially about that is a possible music therapy aspect. Maybe you could do a case study with a few recovering addicts and get information about how they were doing before/after treatment with a musical instrument.

  3. natasha said,

    Wrote on November 15, 2011 @ 5:40 am

    Hi there,

    Not sure whether this will assist but I recently completed a research assignment on “whether psychologists can assist in people in ceasing a lifetime smoking habits.

    I argued that this was possible and chose psychological interventions for smoking cessation including Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Aversion therapy (a form of behavioral therapy) consisting of techniques such as rapid smoking and imagery which involves imagining an awful consequence as a result of smoking, and psychological coping skills which assists in relapse of smoking.

    My topic was ” can psychologist assist people to change a lifetime of smoking habits”?
    In order to argue that yes Psychological interventions are a successful method to assist in smoking cessation, I located and researched articles whereby experiments and trials were conducted using various techniques, for example, medications in comparison to the psychological methods discussed above and found evidence to support that psychological interventions when compared to other alternatives such as medication for found to be more efficacious in order to support my argument in yes “psychologists can assist people to change a lifetime of smoking habits.

    I hope this gives you some direction in what ever subject you use.

    All the best

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