POTENTIAL 175 TERM PAPER TOPICS
 

To help you think about a suitable term-paper topic, it may be helpful to look at the following two lists. By matching an item in List A (independent variables or causes) with a corresponding item in List B (dependent variables or effects), you can obtain some possibilities (e.g., “the effect of gender on scientific creativity”). Of course, not all pairings have been the subject of psychological research.  You should search through PsycINFO to make sure appropriate publications are available.  Moreover, you are by no means bound by the topics on these two lists - this is a course on creativity after all!
 
List A
List B
age
artificial intelligence 

birth order 

brain (e.g., hemispheric differentiation, frontal lobes) 

chance 

child-rearing practices 

decision making 

depression 

disabilities (physical, learning, dyslexia, etc.) 

domain-specific experience and/or training 

drugs and/or alcohol 

education (k-12, college, graduate, professional) 

experts or expertise 

extraversion 

gender 

genetics 

grade point average 

groups 

home environment 

ideology 

imagination 

insight 

integrative complexity 

intelligence or IQ 

interpersonal relationships 

intuition 

logic 

manic depression 

marginality 

mentors 

motivation (power, achievement, and/or affiliation) 

nature-nurture issue 

neuroticism 

parental loss or other adversity 

personality 

problem solving 

productivity 

psychopathology 

psychosis 

role models 

schizophrenia 

serendipity 

socioeconomic status 

suicide 

teaching techniques 

training or coaching 

zeitgeist, cultural 

zeitgeist, economic 

zeitgeist, political 

zeitgeist, religious

aesthetics, artistic
aesthetics, literary 

aesthetics, musical 

aesthetics, scientific 

creativity, artistic 

creativity, cinematic 

creativity, dramatic 

creativity, inventive 

creativity, literary 

creativity, musical 

creativity, scientific 

genius, artistic 

genius, business 

genius, chess 

genius, coaching 

genius, comic 

genius, literary 

genius, military 

genius, musical 

genius, political 

genius, scientific 

giftedness, academic 

giftedness, artistic 

giftedness, intellectual 

giftedness, literary 

giftedness, musical 

giftedness, scientific 

humor 

leadership, business 

leadership, charismatic 

leadership, military 

leadership, political 

leadership, presidential 

leadership, religious 

leadership, revolutionary 

prodigies, artistic 

prodigies, chess 

prodigies, mathematical 

prodigies, musical 

prodigies, omnibus 

savants, calculating 

savants, calendrical 

savants, musical 

talent, artistic 

talent, athletic 

talent, chess 

talent, inventive 

talent, mathematical 

talent, musical 

talent, scientific


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