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Psychology Junior Paper and Senior Thesis Guide

Senior Thesis Guidelines

Current guidelines for Psychology Senior Theses can be found on the Department of Psychology's website.

Senior Thesis Requirements

Students can conduct an experimental thesis, a computational thesis, or a theoretical thesis. All formats require a review of the literature.

  • An experimental thesis should include a comprehensive literature review, findings from at least one original research study (an experiment or a field study) with appropriate statistical analyses, and a general discussion of the findings.
  • A computational thesis should include a review of the literature and description and discussion of the computational models that the student has completed.
  • A theoretical thesis should include a comprehensive review of the research literature on a psychology topic of importance, including an extensive evaluation of the findings and original interpretations, theoretical proposals, or a proposed program of research to add further scientific knowledge.