Don’t panic! You can combat math anxiety

Math anxiety affects both your emotional health and academics. It is a feeling of tension, helplessness and loss of self-confidence when approaching a math problem, math equation or math test. Panic attack symptoms include freezing up, sweating or experiencing increased blood pressure and nervousness.

Don't let math anxiety get the best of you. (Credit: Mary Lou Baker)

Don’t let math anxiety get the best of you. (Credit: Mary Lou Baker)

This math test anxiety can lead to avoidance of math classes, poor preparation and ill feelings toward anything related to math. Here are some ways to learn how to stop anxiety over math for better student health. Read more

Child psychology, the effects of Ritalin, bullying and more

For your child and adolescent psychology term paper, consider researching psychology articles, books and databases for information on the social and emotional health of young people. Discussed here are some good research paper topics such as the over prescribing of Ritalin and diagnoses of ADHD, childhood depression, suicide awareness, teen suicide warning signs, and bullying.

Child and adolescent psychology offers many topics of interest. (Credit: Mind4life.biz)

Child and adolescent psychology offers many topics of interest. (Credit: Mind4life.biz)

Too much Ritalin?

In the 1960s, mental disorders were extremely rare among children, but today sources claim that one in eight children in the United States is mentally ill and 5.4 million children display the symptoms of ADHD. Read more

How to stay calm during finals week

It’s down to your last week of the semester, but you still have a ton of work ahead of you. Even worse, the majority of your grades depend on your academic performance this week. Stressed yet? We can relate.

When feeling stressed during finals week, take breaks by doing relaxing activities, such as baking desserts. (Credit: Brittany Katz)

When feeling stressed during finals week, take breaks by doing relaxing activities, such as baking desserts. (Credit: Brittany Katz)

Despite these obstacles, there are ways to make it through finals week without suffering a meltdown or failing a class. Here are a few pointers on how to keep your cool and come out ahead. Read more

How to handle stress — Tips for college students

Handling stress is a common theme among college students. (Credit: Uniwink.com)

Handling stress is a common theme among college students. (Credit: Uniwink.com)

College is supposed to be some of the best four (or five, or six—just joking!) years of your life, right? Then how come sometimes you are just so stressed out? If you feel like your mental and emotional health is taking a beating, you are not alone. A lot of your peers could use some help balancing their newfound freedom and responsibility, while keeping the occasional smile on their faces. Read on for tips for college students on how to handle stress.

The facts about college students and stress

In case you thought maybe it was just you, have no fear—you aren’t the only one. Across the country, more and more college students say they are suffering from mental and emotional health issues. Read more

Stress affects college students differently

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

No matter how stress affects you, there are many ways to relax.

Stress among college students is growing, and different students cope with stress in campus life in many different ways. For proper student health, students and their counselors should learn to identify the cause of stress and devise appropriate stress relief techniques. (Hiding in dorm rooms to avoid stressful issues is not one of the recommended solutions.)

In “Healthy mind, healthy body: Student health centers are expanding their services to include mental health care” for Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 24, 2013, Vikki Conwell reported the findings of the spring 2012 American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Read more

Research topic on fraternity houses: Campus fun vs. safety

Recent news reveals a negative connotation of fraternity houses.

Recent news reveals a negative connotation of fraternity houses.

A recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Caitlin Flanagan revealed a disturbing picture of dangerous campus life and misogynistic behavior at fraternity houses at American colleges. Often drunk young men perpetrate crimes of violence and sexual abuse all in the name of brotherhood and machismo. Flanagan’s article exposes the disregard for campus safety and student health by a few college students who care more about partying than academics.

The cover photo of the February 19, 2014 issue of The Atlantic features two frat boys chest bumping each other, letting out a primal scream and spilling their red Solo cups of beer. After a year-long investigation, Flanagan wrote the lengthy article, “The Dark Power of Fraternities” about the devastating events happening at fraternity houses. Read more

Gender identity, family relationships: Social psychology topics for your research paper

Gender identity makes for an interesting social psychology topic.

Gender identity makes for an interesting social psychology topic.

If you’re taking a course in sociology then you may be looking for good social psychology topics for your research papers. Think about issues that are in the news today, such as gender identity. What about an issue that is closer to home like family relationships? Let’s take a look at some of the possible topics that you could use when you want to explore social issues.

Gender identity and other topics

A good place to begin your search is at Questia where you can read millions of full-text books and articles. Questia also houses magazines, academic journals, newspaper articles and encyclopedias. What’s more, you find video tutorials on how to plan, research and write your paper. There are also tools to help you take notes, bookmark and cite your sources. Read more

Abnormal psychology good research paper topics

Illustration of Schizophrenia's effect on the brain. (Credit: Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, M.D., Ph.D.)

Illustration of Schizophrenia’s effect on the brain. (Credit: Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, M.D., Ph.D.)

If your next research paper that’s due is on the subject of abnormal psychology, here are some tips for finding good research paper topics. You can consult scholarly articles on abnormal psychology or recent science articles; there are the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, the Casebook in Abnormal Psychology and library databases. One trend in abnormal psychology you might write about is body dysmorphic disorder.

You can choose from many topics under the umbrella of “abnormal psychology” such as eating disorders, antisocial behavior, cannibalism, multiple personalities, narcissism, Oedipus complex, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-mutilation, separation anxiety, social pathology and suicide. Read more

Hot research topic on addiction to the latest celebrity news and gossip: Celebrity worship syndrome (CWS)

Justin Bieber is one celebrity whose name frequently makes news headlines. (Credit: chrissyrose70)

Justin Bieber is one celebrity whose name frequently makes news headlines. (Credit: chrissyrose70)

We all enjoy hearing the latest celebrity news and gossip. But things got weird on January 24, 2014, when MSNBC interrupted an interview with a U.S. congresswomen to air breaking news about Justin Bieber’s latest brush with the law. It’s one thing for people to follow celebrity antics but when a major news outlet acts like a giddy teen every time a celebrity is spotted doing something outrageous, you have to wonder if society is suffering from celebrity worship syndrome.

Celebrity worship syndrome

There seems to be a name for every personality quirk, so it comes as no surprise that an exaggerated interest in celebrities qualifies as a psychological disorder. Nicole Plumridge provided background on celebrity worship syndrome (CWS) in a May 12, 2013, post for PsychMinds.com titled, “Celebrity Worship Syndrome.” Read more

Documentary Oscar nominees: What research topics are featured in this year’s Academy Awards?

"20 Feet from Stardom" is up for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards. (Credit: RADiUS-TWC)

“20 Feet from Stardom” is up for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards. (Credit: RADiUS-TWC)

Documentaries have a long and sordid history with the Academy Awards. It’s a highly contested category, and the rules of Oscar nominees’ eligibility have changed a number of times. This year, topics include genocide (“The Act of Killing”), backup singers for pop stars (“20 Feet from Stardom”), the toppling of the Egyptian government (“The Square”), the artist marriage of the Shinoharas (“Cutie and the Boxer”) and U.S. covert operations (“Dirty Wars”). Any one of these could offer a good research paper topic in psychology, political science or entertainment. And, lucky for at-home viewers, most are easily available to watch before the 86th Academy Awards ceremony on March 2. Read more