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Principles of Psychology (PSYC101)


This guide serves as a portal for students enrolled in Principles of Psychology (PSYC101). Ideas and concepts acknowledged on this page have been taken directly from the list of potential topics for inclusion in standardized projects. This guide is neither intended to be comprehensive nor to represent an exhaustive search of library collections. Students should plan on devoting time to experimenting with various search strategies. Please direct all questions and comments to David Lewis, WNY Librarian (

Development of an Essential Question

An essential question can be defined as a question that does not have a definitive answer. Such questions are posed for the purpose of stimulating thought and exploring specific concepts within a discipline.  For this project you will need to identify and address an essential question. The table below includes examples of both essential and non-essential questions related to concepts in psychology.



What is Moslow’s hierarchy of needs?

What role does Moslow’s hierarchy play in the corporate workplace?

What is categorization?

How is categorization significant to a person’s daily experience?

What are the differences between classical and operant conditioning

How are classical and operant conditioning apparent in the context of motivating employees  

What is Bandura’s social learning theory?

How is Bandura’s social learning theory important to an organization culture

General Psychology Resources and Reference Books

*American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric.

*Kahn, A.P. & Fawcett, J. (2008). The Encyclopedia of Mental Health (3rd ed.). New York: Facts on File.

*Moglia, P. (Ed.). (2015). Salem Health: Psychology & Behavioral Health (Vols. 1-5). Ipswich: Salem.


* Available in print only. See campus librarian for assistance.