Inside Out movie and the psychology of emotions for your research paper

If you think that animated films are just for kids then the Inside Out movie will change your mind. In a twist on the traditional plot format, Inside Out features five main characters in the form of basic human emotions inside a young girl named Riley. The story follows the efforts of these emotions in helping young Riley adjust to a move from Minneapolis to San Francisco.

Learn more about the emotions featured in Inside Out. (Credit: Pixar Post)

Learn more about the emotions featured in Inside Out. (Credit: Pixar Post)

It’s an inventive illustration of how emotional intelligence, short-term and long-term memory converge to help the individual to grow and adjust through life’s challenges. You might want to consider exploring the psychology of emotions for your next research paper. Read more

TV show Orphan Black characters: Innovations in filmmaking

The BBC America/Canadian sci-fi television show Orphan Black just wrapped up its third season with the versatile actress Tatiana Maslany having played more than a dozen different characters, all clones in a secret scientific experiment.

Actress Tatiana Maslany has played over a dozen roles on the show Orphan Black. (Credit: BBC America)

Actress Tatiana Maslany has played over a dozen roles on the show Orphan Black. (Credit: BBC America)

An interesting research paper topic for your television or filmmaking production class is to write about the many ways this boundary-pushing show has made advances in camera work and costume makeup techniques to distinguish the many different Orphan Black characters. Read more

Media studies research topic: LGBT community on TV

Aspects of LGBT portrayal on television would make interesting research paper topics. Cucumber and Banana, and the documentary Tofu, are a new series of interlocking television shows portraying the LGBT community in England that have debuted recently from creator and writer Russell T. Davies. The shows present the lives of gay and straight urban couples living their lives in the 21st century.

Cast of Cucumber, an LGBT show in England. (Credit: Ben Blackall/Red Production Company Ltd.)

Cast of Cucumber, an LGBT show in England. (Credit: Ben Blackall/Red Production Company Ltd.)

Davies was the writer of the popular Queer as Folk, the 2005 reboot of Doctor Who and Torchwood. For your LGBT issues class or media studies course, consider writing about how gays and lesbians are treated in television shows. Read more

Madame Bovary: Compare the two movies and book for your research paper

The story Gustave Flaubert told in his novel Madame Bovary was based on the suicide of a real woman, caught in an unhappy marriage and dealing with mounting debts. What captured Flaubert’s imagination is still relevant today, as two new 2015 movies are based on the novel—Gemma Bovery and Madame Bovary.

Discuss the two new Madame Bovary movies for your research paper. (Credit: Variety)

Discuss the two new Madame Bovary movies for your research paper. (Credit: Variety)

The book-to-movie adaptations approach the French classic very differently, one in a straightforward and literal manner and the other much less so. Read more

Term paper: Government surveillance and whistleblowers

The aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center saw an escalation of government surveillance on the American people. But intrusion into personal privacy has a long history in the U.S. Now PBS’ Independent Lens reveals how 44 years ago a group of citizens exposed the FBI’s illegal surveillance program in the documentary, 1971.

How do you feel about the current government surveillance? (Credit: Thomson Reuters)

How do you feel about the current government surveillance? (Credit: Thomson Reuters)

If you are looking for research paper topics about the legal system, constitutional rights and the criminal justice system, then check out the film on your local station or online by searching for PBS documentaries. Read more

Journalism and the Fourth Estate for your next research paper

In a course on mass communication you’re likely to cover topics such as broadcast journalism, news media and investigative journalism. Journalism is also known as the fourth branch of government, or the Fourth Estate, because it plays such an important role in our democracy. In order for the public to make decisions when voting, they must be well informed on the issues.

Learn more about the history of journalism. (Credit: Wannabe Reporter)

Learn more about the history of journalism. (Credit: Wannabe Reporter)

The news media wields great power in its ability to shape public opinion. For this and many other reasons, the history of journalism would make for an interesting research paper topic. Read more

Political correctness in law, media & sports for your term paper

A good term paper topic is to discuss how political correctness can be beneficial and destructive. A benefit is that people make sure to use unbiased, politically correct terms and nondiscriminatory language so as not to hurt or denigrate other ethnic or racial groups. A disadvantage is when political correctness is taken to an extreme to curb creativity and prevent free speech.

Discuss political correctness for your next research paper. (Credit: Alamy)

Discuss political correctness for your next research paper. (Credit: Alamy)

Here are some good research paper topics for you to write about ways political correctness is used in law enforcement, the media and sports. Read more

Free speech and hate groups: Research paper topic

Free speech—it is one of the bedrocks upon which the United States was built. But the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an anti-Muslim hate group led by Pamela Geller, tested the limits of that founding principle recently. The group sponsored a cartoon contest to depict the prophet Muhammad, in response to the attack in January on Charlie Hebdo, something followers of Islam strictly prohibit.

Learn more about free speech for your next research paper. (Credit: U.S. Chamber Foundation)

Learn more about free speech for your next research paper. (Credit: U.S. Chamber Foundation)

Two armed men were shot and killed after firing on police, acting as security, at the event. For your next research paper on free speech or hate speech, topic ideas include Muhammad or anti-Muslim groups. Learn more about each of them here. Read more

Thomas Hardy literature and film adaptations as your research topic

Good thing Henry James isn’t around to review the latest film adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. In a review James wrote when the novel was first published, he wrote of the main character, Bathsheba Everdene (played by Carey Mulligan in the new movie): “We cannot say that we either understand or like Bathsheba. She is a young lady of the inconsequential, willful, mettlesome type.”

Learn more about the Thomas Hardy novel turned film adaptation. (Credit: Shockya.com)

Learn more about the Thomas Hardy novel turned film adaptation. (Credit: Shockya.com)

But who knows, maybe he would approve of the latest incarnation more than the novel, as most reviews seem to. For your next research paper in literature, discuss the many perceptions of this Thomas Hardy classic. Read more

Term paper: Media coverage of mental illness

For your next term paper, consider writing about the often harmful way the media cover mental illness. The media are often too quick to make broad generalizations, stigmatize mentally ill people and link violence with depression. Mental illnesses are complex and affect people in various ways, and the media should reflect this when reporting.

Discuss how mental illness is seen through media coverage. (Credit: dilw.ie)

Discuss how mental illness is seen through media coverage. (Credit: dilw.ie)

For good research paper topics for your classes on psychology, mental illness or print or broadcast journalism, you can write about the ways the media covers mental illness. Read more