The Extended Essay in Psychology
The extended essay in psychology should only be written by students who are currently studying psychology. At ISP students who are not currently enrolled in the course may not write an EE in this topic.
There are many interesting areas of study which you could explore for your extended essay. These include, but are not limited to:
- Abnormal psychology
- Criminal psychology
- Social psychology
- Health psychology
- Sexuality and human relationships
- Sport psychology
- Theories of learning and memory
- Developmental psychology
When thinking of a question, you may want to use one of the following frameworks:
- An evaluation of theories of the origins of a behaviour
- Cross-cultural evaluations of a theory or explanation of behaviour
- Compare and contrast two theories
- Evaluation of a treatment or application
- To what extent is something true?
- How to solve a specific problem (e.g. bully in schools)
The EE has the following structure:
- Introduction with a clearly worded research question and justification of the topic
- A review of literature
- Discussion and evaluation of the research
- A conclusion which addresses the research question.
- An abstract
- Full bibliographical citation
Which sources should you use?
- You should have a minimum of eight sources.
- You may use sources in languages other than English – but at least 50 percent of your sources must be in a language that I can read (Czech, German, Spanish, French, Italian).
- Avoid using simple Internet sources. Only use Internet sites where you can clearly identify the author.
- Do use our school’s databases, Scientific American Mind, and books. Yes, they still exist.
The following is our plan for writing the Extended Essay
- You must have your topic and research question approved by me – even if I am not your advisor.
- You must read about your topic. A lot. You should schedule a time to meet with your advisor to discuss what you already have learned about your topic with regard to your question. One source is not enough for this discussion.
- Introductory paragraph with a clearly stated research question and thesis.
- A review of literature. Due end of February.
- Clear outline as to how you will finish your paper.
- Rough draft.
- Final copy – with abstract.
- Viva voce. Your viva voce is a presentation which you will do for next year’s first year students. In this presentation you will discuss your findings and what you have learned about the research project.