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PSY 289 - Downtown - Psychology Research Methods: Selecting a Topic

Selecting a topic

Find a topic

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Identifying Keywords

1. State your topic as a question

What is the relationship between sleep and creativity?

2. Identify 2 -3 essential concepts in the question

What is the relationship between sleep and creativity?

3. Identify synonyms for each concept, or examples of each concept, as well as other closely-related concepts.  

Concept 1:         Sleep   Concept 2:         Creativity
Synonym:           REM   Synonym:         "Problem Solving"
Synonym:              Synonym:         Ingenuity

4. Use keywords and synonyms to find relevant books, articles, and websites about your topic.  As you read through articles and books, write down any additional related keywords that may be relevant to your topic.

Screenshot of search for Sleep and Creativity, with synonyms