American Psychological Association (APA) style, 6th edition

To our knowledge, the APA style does not distinguish between titles for articles as a whole and dissertations. As such, we have based this style guide on the requirements for titles set out by the APA style guide, 6th edition. The main considerations when writing your dissertation title from a style perspective are: (a) capitalisation in titles and subtitles; (b) quotation marks; (c) numbers; and (d) hyphenated compounds. Each of these considerations is present below with associated examples:

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Barrouillet, P., Gavens, N., Vergauwe, E., Gaillard, V., & Camos, V. (2009). Workign memory span development: A time-based resource-sharing model account. Developmental Psychology, 45(2): 303-603.

Cohen, A. B. (2010). Many forms of culture. American Psychologist, 64(3), 194-204.

Fawcett, C. A., & Markson, L. (2010). Children reason about shared preferences. Developmental Psychology, 46(2): 299-309.

Fischer, P., Haslam, S. A., & Smith, L. (2010) "If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" Social identity salience moderates support for retaliation in response to collective threat. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 14(2), 143-150.

Koenig, M. A., & Woodward, A. L. (2010). Sensitivity of 24-month-olds to the prior inaccuracy of the source: Possible mechanisms. Developmental Psychology, 46(4): 815-826.

Miles, J. R., & Kivlighan, D. M. Jr. (2010). Co-leader similarity and group climate in group interventions: Testing the co-leadership, team cognition-team diversity model. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 14(2), 114-122.

Neary, K. R., Friedman, O., & Burnstein, C. L. (2009). Preschoolers infer ownership from ?control of permission?. Developmental Psychology, 45(3): 873-876.

Piper, W. E., Ogrodniczuk, J. S., Joyce, A. S., Weideman, R. (2009). Follow-up outcome in short-term group therapy for complicated grief. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 13(1), 46-58.

Pittinsky, T. L. (2010). A two-dimensional model of intergroup leadership: The case of national diversity. American Psychologist, 65(3), 194-200.

Roya, A., & Korabik, K. (2010). Leadership: Why gender and culture matter. American Psychologist, 65(3), 157-170.

Sanchez-Hucles, J. V., & David, D. D. (2010). Women and women of color in leadership: Complexity, identity, and intersectionality. American Psychologist, 65(3), 171-181.

Southgate, V., & Csibra, G. (2009). Inferring the outcome of an ongoing novel action at 13 months. Developmental Psychology, 45(6): 1794-1798.

Twenge, J. M. (2010). Change Over Time in Obedience: The Jury's Still Out, But It Might Be Decreasing. American Psychologist, 64(1), 28-31.

White, H. R., Fleming, C. B., Kim, M. J., Catalano, R. F., McMorris, B. J. (2008). Identifying two potential mechanisms for changes in alcohol use among college-attending and non-college-attending emerging adults. Developmental Psychology, 44(6): 1625-1639.

Wiebe, S. A., Espy, K. A., Stopp, C., Respass, J., Stewart, P., Jameson, T. R., Gilbert, D. G., & Huggenvik, J. I. (2009). Gene-environment interactions across development: Exploring DRD2 genotype and prenatal smoking effects on self-regulation. Developmental Psychology, 45(1): 31-44.

Winquist, J. R., & Franz, T. M. (2008) Does the stepladder technique improve group decision making? A series of failed replications. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 12(4), 255-267.

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