Essays and research reports

A thematically structured overview of my writings while studying psychology with the Open University, UK, from 2008 to 2013. The writings comprise thematic, literature-based essays as well as research reports of quantitative and qualitative research projects.


Crisis Line Voluntarism / Emotional Labour

Crisis Line Volunteers’ Emotional Labour in Conversations with Chronic Problem versus Acute Crisis Callers: An Event-Sampling Study at a German Telephone Helpline. (Research Methods Masters Dissertation, 60 p.,  2013/2015)  More info  PDF excerpt

Qualitative research on mental health service volunteers’ experiences: A methodological assessment of three studies by Gilat & Rosenau (2011), Rath (2008), and Thornton & Novak (2010). (Thematic essay, 4 p., 2011) PDF

Volunteers’ perspectives in crisis intervention (Expert report, 3 p., 2011) PDF

„Es hat alles so seine Grenzen“: Wie erleben ehrenamtlichen Mitarbeiter die Gespräche mit Daueranrufern bei der Telefonseelsorge? (Expert report in German, 3 p., 2011) PDF

Mental health

Is it reasonable to consider delusions as mainly a thought disorder? (Thematic essay, 8 p., 2010)  PDF

A quantitative analysis of the differences in quality of reporting about schizophrenia in tabloid versus broadsheet newspapers (Research report, 6 p. plus appendices, 2009)  PDF

Social psychology

Personal construct theory’s contribution to our understanding of individual differences in personality (Thematic essay, 4 p., 2010) PDF

From a social psychological point of view, group membership ‘is primarily a cognitive matter’ (Brown, 2007, p. 146). A discussion in relation to social identity theory and discursive psychology. (Thematic essay, 4 p., 2010)  PDF

A phenomenological study of flow experiences during artistic activity and their relation to the artist’s self-concept (Research report, 9 p., 2010)  PDF

Cognitive social and discursive psychological perspectives on the study of emotions. (Thematic essay, 4 p., 2010)   PDF

A discussion of the methodological differences between mainstream and critical social psychology with reference to the cognitive social and the phenomenological perspective. (Thematic essay, 4 p., 2010)   PDF

Cognitive psychology

Anecdotally, elderly relatives may seem rather forgetful about recent events (such as what they watched on television the night before), but love recounting stories from their youth (e.g. the Queen’s coronation). How well have theories of memory accounted for this phenomenon? (Thematic essay, 5 p., 2009)   PDF

Are two-digit Arabic numbers processed according to the holistic model, when they are represented internally? (Research report, 5 p., 2009)   PDF

Does research provide evidence for a short-term store for complex sounds (speech), and what does it tell us about its properties? (Thematic essay, 5 p., 2009)   PDF

Visual versus phonological route in the processing of homophones in printed sentences (Research report, 9 p., 2009)   PDF

Developmental psychology

A thematic analysis of the perceived influence of attachment figures upon development, with respect to the persistence of early attachment patterns. (Research report, 6 p., 2009)   PDF

Understanding theory of mind based on evidence used in evolutionary psychology. (Thematic essay, 2 p., 2009)   PDF

An investigation into the development of children’s scientific reasoning with respect to floating and sinking. (Research report, 10 p., 2008)   PDF

To what extent can cognitive development be understood in terms of the specialization of function in specific structures of the brain? (Thematic essay, 5 p., 2008)   PDF

Analysing evidence in light of Rosenberg’s findings of a developmental shift in children’s self-descriptions from physical towards psychological aspects. (Research report, 8 p., 2008)   PDF

What influence does play with siblings and peers have on children’s development? (Thematic essay, 4 p., 2008)   PDF

General psychology

To what extent can humans be considered to be distinct from other animals? (Thematic essay, 3 p., 2009)   PDF

Factors influencing the way in which we construct and reconstruct memories (Thematic essay, 3 p., 2009)   PDF

Psychosocial Theory of Identity and Social Identity Theory: Outlining strengths and weaknesses of two different psychological approaches to identity (Thematic essay, 2 p., 2008)   PDF