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Research Areas in Psychology. Section 1.1 of the chapter describes five major research areas in psychology: biopsychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, and clinical psychology, plus a few others under Applied Research Areas (Newman, 2016). You will choose one research topic of interest to you, identify which research area applies to the study, and explain why your answer is appropriate. Choose your topic carefully, because you will be working with it throughout the course.
Provide some background information that shows why this is an important topic to be explored further. Apply the scientific method by identifying one or more appropriate research areas of psychology that your topic might align to that are described in Section 1.1 (for example, a study about treatment for bipolar disorder would align with clinical psychology, or a study of relationships in which one party is bipolar could come under social psychology). Does it fit into more than one? If so, which do you feel is the closest fit, and why? Remember to cite all of your sources within your explanation according to APA style
Within each field (area) of psychology (like clinical or social or counseling...) there are many questions or ideas that can relate or lead to a specific topic of study. In this initial discussion you will be choosing such a topic of interest to you. You may already have an area of interest - or - you may want to start with a specific area (such as social psychology) and do some research about that area and the topics covered.
For example: if you choose the broad area of social psychology, you might find of interest topics such as group polarization, or cognitive bias in news making, transformational leadership, or does social media create intimacy or isolation.
Be sure to express why this topic is of importance and clearly identify the sub-area(s) of psychology to which this topic is most meaningful. Be sure to cite all sources utilized.
The real work will be creating, narrowing and defining your chosen topic. Give it considerable thought and do some research for background material. It is critical you understand the need to narrow the topic to a specific - think research question specific. In other words, choose a broad area of interest - and then narrow that to one narrow topic.
Newman, M. (2016). Research methods in psychology (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
• Section 1.1: Major Research Areas in Psychology
• Part of Section 1.3: Sources of Research Ideas
Research Areas in Psychology. Section 1.1 of the chapter describes five major research areas in psychology: biopsychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, and clinical psychology, plus a few others under Applied Research Areas (Newman, 2016).