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    Psychological behaviours

    hey guys,
    im a 20 year old college student and i am doing a peice of coursework at the moment on psychological behaviours.
    I was just wondering if i could get some ideas of what i could write about. I'm looking for somthing interesting but not extremly complicated because i am new to psychology.

    i was going to choose alcoholism but i think alot of people will be doing that...so im looking for somthing slightly different but not somthing thats going to be extremly hard to find info about it.

    i also thought about smoking but thats probly going to be the most popular.

    Another I thought of is OCD's but i dont know very much about them and the infomation i read doesn't seem relevant to the infomation i need to find out.

    Any ideas at all would be greatly appreciated
    Many thanks
    Az

  2. #2

    Psychological behaviours

    hey guys,
    im a 20 year old college student and i am doing a peice of coursework at the moment on psychological behaviours.
    I was just wondering if i could get some ideas of what i could write about. I'm looking for somthing interesting but not extremly complicated because i am new to psychology.

    i was going to choose alcoholism but i think alot of people will be doing that...so im looking for somthing slightly different but not somthing thats going to be extremly hard to find info about it.

    i also thought about smoking but thats probly going to be the most popular.

    Another I thought of is OCD's but i dont know very much about them and the infomation i read doesn't seem relevant to the infomation i need to find out.

    Any ideas at all would be greatly appreciated
    Many thanks
    Az

  3. #3

    Psychological behaviours

    Some of my favorite topics that are more or less related to behavior:

    procrastination
    the use of pot or other street drugs by people with mental illness
    self-destructive behavior (self-injury, suicide, etc.)
    Internet or pornography addiction
    the psychological need for ritual, routine, or repetitive behavior
    exercise in combatting mental illness
    music therapy including activities like karaoke
    the role of habituation in combatting social anxiety
    the psychology of online dating
    social withdrawal among the mentally ill
    the use of behavior therapy in treating OCD/depression/schizophrenia/etc.
    stress-reduction behaviors (meditation, exercise, etc.)
    common habits of perfectionists
    nervous habits like chewing on pencils
    common types of behavior in manic epidoses
    the psychology of writer's block

    My favorite online references:
    http://www.PsychologyToday.com
    http://www.pubmed.com
    http://www.FindArticles.com
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Psychological behaviours

    Some of my favorite topics that are more or less related to behavior:

    procrastination
    the use of pot or other street drugs by people with mental illness
    self-destructive behavior (self-injury, suicide, etc.)
    Internet or pornography addiction
    the psychological need for ritual, routine, or repetitive behavior
    exercise in combatting mental illness
    music therapy including activities like karaoke
    the role of habituation in combatting social anxiety
    the psychology of online dating
    social withdrawal among the mentally ill
    the use of behavior therapy in treating OCD/depression/schizophrenia/etc.
    stress-reduction behaviors (meditation, exercise, etc.)
    common habits of perfectionists
    nervous habits like chewing on pencils
    common types of behavior in manic epidoses
    the psychology of writer's block

    My favorite online references:
    http://www.PsychologyToday.com
    http://www.pubmed.com
    http://www.FindArticles.com
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Psychological behaviours

    Another good one is Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Something else you could consider - different ways of shaping behavior - ie punishment, negative reinforcement, operant conditioning, aversive control.....that should give you LOTS to research!
    ~ Allow yourself to be the light that the world so desperately needs. ~ Unknown

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    Psychological behaviours

    Another good one is Adult Children of Alcoholics

    Something else you could consider - different ways of shaping behavior - ie punishment, negative reinforcement, operant conditioning, aversive control.....that should give you LOTS to research!
    ~ Allow yourself to be the light that the world so desperately needs. ~ Unknown

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    Psychological behaviours

    Thanks alot Daniel ill look into each of those.

    BG thats kinda what i have to write about,
    My 1st explanation has to be genetic/biological/physiological
    my 2nd has to be Developemental/Cognitive
    And the 3rd has to be Social determinants...which is what im guessing to be Family effects/Media/cultural etc

    but again i really appreciate your help =)

    Az

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    Psychological behaviours

    Thanks alot Daniel ill look into each of those.

    BG thats kinda what i have to write about,
    My 1st explanation has to be genetic/biological/physiological
    my 2nd has to be Developemental/Cognitive
    And the 3rd has to be Social determinants...which is what im guessing to be Family effects/Media/cultural etc

    but again i really appreciate your help =)

    Az

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    Psychological behaviours

    How about this, to combine all of those factors?

    gender role behavior:

    - how much is biology/genetics?
    - how much is developmental/hormonal effects on the brain, etc.?
    - how much is family and socialization?

    Two great books:

    Pollack, William
    Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood. Random House, 1998

    Pipher, Mary
    Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. Ballantine Books, 1995

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    Psychological behaviours

    How about this, to combine all of those factors?

    gender role behavior:

    - how much is biology/genetics?
    - how much is developmental/hormonal effects on the brain, etc.?
    - how much is family and socialization?

    Two great books:

    Pollack, William
    Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood. Random House, 1998

    Pipher, Mary
    Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. Ballantine Books, 1995

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