Psychology Extended Essay Examples

The new curriculum for the extended essay will be assessed as of May 2018.  The following section of the site includes guidance for the writing and assessment of this component of the diploma program.

It is the advice of the IB that only students who are studying psychology write their EEs in the subject.  You will see that psychology has a high failure rate compared to other subjects - and one of the reasons is the high number of students who write papers in the subject although they have never studied it.

This section is divided into "getting started", "writing the EE", "reflection on the EE" and "sample marking."


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Getting started with EE8 January 2018

For most teachers and students, getting started with a major research project is the hardest part. Choosing a good topic,...
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Writing the Extended Essay15 October 2017

After sources have been read and notes have been taken, the next step is the actual writing of the paper. For many students,...
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Reflecting on the EE 9 January 2018

The final assessment criterion of the extended essay is "engagement." It is important that the reflections do not just...
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EE sample marking15 October 2017

The following section of the site has samples of extended essays. As we are not allowed to actually share students' work...
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Top 30 IB Extended Essay Topics Related To Psychology

It is a tough one to write IB extended essay topic on psychology as you have to work hard on many new things and styles. It is generally needed for the IB diploma exams which allow students to do research on their choice of psychology topic.

Top 30 IB extended essay topics of psychology:

  1. What do you think is the most common reason for eating disorder or apathy towards food in teenage children?
  2. What are the main reasons for depression? Write an essay about it.
  3. What are your thoughts about borderline personality disorder and how can it be treated?
  4. Schizophrenia is quiet a disease to be nurtured about. How do you explain it?
  5. Antisocial personality disorder arises within a youth at attender age, how to succumb over it?
  6. What are your thoughts about seasonal affective disorder?
  7. Dreams are the most talked about substance in the world. What are your views about it?
  8. False memories are quite haunting to many and this can lead to tough problems. How to treat it?
  9. Attention seeking disorder should be treated well from a tender gae with lot of care. What are your views about it?
  10. Bullying is quiet an issue in high school. How to fight against it?
  11. What are your thoughts about language acquisition?
  12. What is the effect of mass media and its violence on the children?
  13. What are the effects of violent video games on children?
  14. Gender roles or gender biasness has always been the problem of our humanity. How to get read of it?
  15. Child abuse and child work are the rising problems in the world. How to change it?
  16. What are your thoughts about prenatal development and how to handle it?
  17. Parenting style reflects a lot on the behaviour of the children. What are your thoughts about it?
  18. Aging is one of the most accepted truths of humanity. How do you define this phenomenon psychologically?
  19. The divorce between parents leads to a lot of effect on the mind of the children. How should it be stopped?
  20. What are your thoughts about the growing addiction of children towards video games?
  21. Personal perception is the one main thing that everyone should have. Explain.
  22. Attitude changes a person’s perception- Explain.
  23. Social cognition should be practiced and mastered- explain in details.
  24. What are your thoughts about the psychological concept of love?
  25. Witchcraft and Satanism are truth- do you agree?
  26. A person should work more in their nonverbal communication- Explain why?
  27. Effects of religion biasness on the world.
  28. Leadership is a quality- Define this statement?
  29. What is the difference between love and infatuation?
  30. How to practice yoga and how does it affect our body?


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