Category: Psychology Essay Examples

See our collection of psychology essay examples. These examples are to help you understanding how to write a psychology essay. The realm of pop psychology certainly overlaps the science of psychology, but there are large areas of the two that rarely meet. But many topics in popular psychology may offer students a great opportunity for an essay. Be sure to check our list of psychology essay topics.

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Acupuncture Essay

 Acupuncture is one of several treatment approaches widely used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Like much of TCM, it is based on the idea that a vital energy, or life force, flows throughout the body along channels called meridians. Illness, both physical and psychological, is attributed to imbalances …

Addiction Essay

When a pattern of substance abuse results not just in a craving for the substance but also in an actual physiological need for the substance, the person is said to have an addiction. Substance abuse simply refers to a pattern of use that causes serious social, legal, or …

Alien Abduction Essay

In one of the most unusual developments to ever come to the attention of psychologists, tens of thousands of Americans currently believe they have been kidnapped by alien creatures from outer space. Furthermore, most report similar experiences. Common features of the experience include capture by the aliens, usually …

Alzheimer’s Disease Essay

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of senile dementia, accounting for about 70 percent of all cases. Although the symptoms of dementia have been widely (and inaccurately) viewed by the public as a standard part of the aging process for a very long time, Alzheimer’s only gained …

American Psychological Association (APA) Essay

The American Psychological Association (APA) held its first organizational meeting in 1892, at which G. Stanley Hall was elected president. Annual dues were set at three dollars, and the first annual meeting, the first major psychological conference in the world, was held in December of the same year. …

Amnesia Essay

Amnesia is simply the standard term for a loss of memory, whether partial or complete. The condition is usually temporary, and it usually affects only a small part of a person’s experience, such as memory of the immediate past. Amnesia can be produced by a range of causes, …

Aphasia Essay

 Aphasia is a disruption of language functions caused by brain damage. There are many different forms of aphasia, with specific symptoms largely dependent on the particular location of the brain damage. The study of aphasia has led to the discovery of the specific functions of many brain areas …

Aromatherapy Essay

Aromatherapy is a scientifically unproven alternative medicine practice involving the use of aromatic oils from plants to affect mood or to promote health. The oils are administered in small quantities through inhalation, massage, topical application, bathing in water to which the oils have been added, and/or ingesting them. …

Asperger’s Disorder Essay

Asperger’s disorder, also known as Asperger’s Syndrome, is a developmental disorder first described by Hans Asperger, a Viennese psychiatrist, in 1944. The disorder did not enter the general psychiatric lexicon for another fifty years; the DSM-IV (1994) is the first edition to include it. Until recently most people …

Astrology Essay

Of the many systems of personality description and prediction that predate modern psychology, the most popular by far is astrology. The basic hypothesis underlying astrology is quite straightforward: it is based on the notion that the positions and movements of celestial bodies, including sun and moon as well …

Attachment Essay

Attachment is an emotional bond, usually between child and parent, characterized by the child’s tendency to seek and maintain proximity to the parent, especially under stressful conditions. John Bowlby, a British psychoanalyst, developed attachment theory in the 1950s and 1960s as a way of explaining certain elements of …

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Essay

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a childhood disorder, usually classified as a learning disability, in which the child has great difficulty concentrating on anything for more than a few moments at a time, and also has great difficulty sitting still or controlling physical activity levels. Their impulsiveness and lack …

Autism Essay

 In the DSM-IV autism is classified as a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), meaning the affected child has a severe impairment in several areas of development: reciprocal social interaction skills, communication skills, or the presence of stereotyped behavior, interests, and activities. Autism appears in the first three years of …

“Big Five” Personality Factors Essay

Personality theory has been dominated by two different forces. On one side, psychoanalysts and humanistic psychologists; and on the other, trait theorists. Trait theorists have largely devoted themselves to administering tests to uncover personality traits. J. P. Guilford, a prominent personality test designer, produced the 1959 definition of …

Bilingualism Essay

Bilingualism simply refers to fluency in two languages (more than two would be multilingualism). Within the field of educational psychology, the major debate over bilingualism has concerned a simple question: Should bilingualism be regarded as an asset or as a handicap? Over the last century two very different …

Biofeedback Essay

Biofeedback training is a method of coping with stress and anxiety that involves monitoring and trying to exert voluntary control over involuntary physiological processes such as heart rate, blood pressure, galvanic skin resistance, and muscle tension. The idea originated in animal research conducted in the 1960s that demonstrated, …

Birth request Essay

The idea that birth order exerts an influence on personality has been popular throughout the history of psychology. Psychologists have developed a variety of theories regarding birth order effects. Firstborns have been considered more likely than their later-born siblings to be high achievers, later-born children are supposed to …

Body Type Essay

One of the wider detours off the scientific path that personality theory has taken is that the characteristics of a person’s body determine personality. Sometimes known as physiognomy, the idea that facial features and body shape are accompanied by certain personality traits dates back at least to the …

Brain Essay

The brain is the main organ involved in consciousness, thought, emotion, motivation, learning, memory, judgment, control of basic biological functions, and almost everything else that makes a person human. Structurally, it is more complex than any other natural object yet discovered; the difficulty of even approximating the complexity …

Brain Imaging Techniques Essay

After more than a century of trying to infer brain function by looking at behavior or the effects of brain damage, we now have an array of tools that allows researchers to pinpoint the location of various functions as they happen. The first modern technique to be developed …
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