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PSYC 396: Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory: 1. Identifying a Topic

Fall 2016, Professor Hupbach

Identifying a Topic

Take time to find a topic that you will find interesting!

Here are some resources you can use to find a topic.

Tip:  You may want to start with "Current directions in psychology science" and then look at Annual Reviews (see below). Also, search for "review articles" in library databases for overviews of topics that might be interesting to you. See tab 3.

Another option is to look at newspaper or magazine accounts of late-breaking research about memory-related topics, and then try to find the scholarly article(s) they reference. For this purpose, see the link below titled "Find a popular newspaper or magazine article".

This database enables you to search over a wide range of "Annual Reviews" journals. Some examples

  • Annual Review of Psychology
  • Annual Review of Neuroscience
  • Annual Review of Annual review of law and social science
  • Annual Review of Clinical Psychology

Run a search on a topic that you find of interest.  The search results are "review articles". This type of journal article gives you an overview of a topic and can help you locate literature about it.  Sometimes when you do a search, you will see older articles near the top of the list of articles. You can find more recent articles by sorting by most recent articles.