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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: Bullshit (misinformation) receptivity

Keyword Bullshit (misinformation) receptivity
Synonym Fake news acceptance
Synonym False news perception

Topic: Social media

Keyword social media
Synonym social network
Synonym Facebook

Topic: Intergroup conflict

Keyword intergroup conflict
Synonym intergroup relations
Synonym intergroup behaviour

Topic: Procrastination

Keyword procrastination
Synonym postponement
Synonym delay

Topic: Advertising

Keyword advertising
Synonym publicity
Synonym marketing

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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