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PY1106: Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating & Disseminating: Literature Review Topics

Starting points

Below are a few starting terms and concepts to search for each topic to get you started. You should also read the articles that have been given as starting points for your chosen topic to identify other relevant concepts to investigate.

Topic: Adolescent Alcohol Behaviours

Keyword adolescent alcohol behaviours
Synonym teenagers drinking behaviour
Synonym young adults alcohol consumption

Topic: Music and dementia

Keyword music  dementia
Synonym rhythm Alzheimer's disease
Synonym instruments Parkinson's disease

Topic: Scientific evidence and pseudoscientific beliefs

Keyword scientific evidence pseudoscience
Synonym scientific method superstition
Synonym empirical studies beliefs

Topic: Work stress and productivity

Keyword work stress productivity
Synonym employee health efficiency
Synonym well-being output

Topic: Recycling and guilt

Keyword recycling guilt
Synonym waste remorse
Synonym reuse disappointment

Topic: Anonymity and cyberbullying

Keyword anonymity cyberbullying
Synonym nameless trolling
Synonym impersonal cyber-victimisation

Analysing your topic

The first thing to consider when searching is what you need to find. To do this, you should define your topic.

  • unpack your assignment topic to identify task, content, limiting and context words
  • consider if there are any synonyms or related concepts that may be relevant
Keyword psychology cognition
Synonym behaviour / behavior knowledge
Synonym mental processes memory

See more about identifying keywords and synonyms.

Definitions and topic introductions

Credo includes a range of psychology dictionaries, encyclopaedias, handbooks and more.

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Building your search strategy

Use a search strategy to find information more effectively and efficiently by:

Combining keywords

AND, OR and NOT are known as Boolean operators.

Modifying keywords

When modifying keywords, consider using:

  • phrase searching

  • truncation

  • wildcards

See more about developing your search strategy

Evaluating results

When evaluating your results, you should consider the following questions.

  • What is the intended audience?

  • Is the content biased?

  • What's the source's authority? Is it peer-reviewed?

  • How accurate is it?

  • How current is the information?

You can also use the Cornell Method Template to critically read and analyse the information contained in the articles you find in your results.


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