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PSY 496 Week 1 Assignment Foundations for the Final Paper (Ash)

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Foundations for the Final Paper

For this assignment, submit a three-to four-page document (including title and reference pages) that includes the following:

Topic: Decide upon a topic in psychology that you will address in your Final Paper. Ideally, your professional paper should integrate at least two to three aspects or areas of psychology that are particularly intriguing to you. Spend time reviewing professional psychology literature to further familiarize yourself with your topic and generate a thesis statement.

Preapproved topics include:

  1. Does watching violence on television make people more violent?
  2. Do nonhumans use language?
  3. Are intelligence tests unfairly biased against certain groups?
  4. Does day care harm the emotional development of infants?
  5. Are personality traits inherited?
  6. Are all forms of therapy equally effective?
  7. Is ethnic prejudice too ingrained to ever be eliminated?
  8. Do violent video games make people more aggressive?
  9. Is job satisfaction genetic?
  10. Are our dreams an indication of our unconscious conflicts and desires?
  11. Is psychotherapy more beneficial than psychiatric medication?
  12. What is personality, and how is it measured?


If you do not choose one of the preapproved topics, your topic must be approved by your instructor.

Thesis Statement: Generate a thesis statement for your topic. Your thesis statement must clearly indicate the purpose of the paper.

For example: The purpose of this paper is to examine the similarities and differences between cognitive therapy and behavior therapy.

For help with developing and writing your thesis statement, please visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab website.

Outline: Your outline will aid you in the process of writing by helping you to organize your ideas and to present your material in a logical form. Your outline should include a list of the key points and elements you want to include in your paper. See an example of an outline below based on the thesis statement above:

  1. Cognitive and Behavior Therapy: Similarities and Differences
  2. Introduction/Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the similarities and differences between cognitive therapy and behavior therapy.
  1. Motivation/Problem Statement – Why do we care about this topic?
  2. Approach – Briefly summarize your review of the literature.
  3. Conclusion/Implications: What are the larger implications of your findings?
  1. Review of the Literature
  1. What is cognitive therapy? In cognitive therapy, clients learn to:
  1. Distinguish between thoughts and feelings.
  2. Become aware of the ways in which their thoughts influence their feelings in ways that are not helpful.
  3. Evaluate critically the veracity of their automatic thoughts and assumptions.
  4. Develop the skills to notice, interrupt, and intervene at the level of automatic thoughts "on-line," as they happen.
  1. What is behavior therapy?
  1. Definition
  2. Classical conditioning
  3. Operant conditioning

Features common to cognitive and behavior therapy

Differences between cognitive and behavioral approaches

Research methods

Strengths and limitations of research design

Conclusion and implications

References: Your preliminary list of references should demonstrate familiarity with the professional literature as it relates to the thesis statement. Please be sure to list your references in APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center and include the name of the database from which you retrieved them. Include the five to ten primary/scholarly references you plan to use in your Final Paper.

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PSY 496 Week 2 Assignment Finalized Resources and Revisions for the Final Paper (Ash)

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Finalized Resources and Revisions for the Final Paper

Submit a three- to four-page document that contains your finalized list of resources and any revisions to the following elements:

  1. Title page
  2. Thesis statement
  3. Outline


This document should incorporate the feedback you have received from your instructor in Week One. Submit these elements in one document. Your resource list must contain the five to ten primary/scholarly sources, in APA format, that you have identified for use in your Final Paper.

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PSY 496 Week 2 Journal Ethics in Research and Practice (Ash)

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Ethics in Research and Practice

For this journal entry, you will write an “ethics autobiography” in which you will explore aspects of your background. In the course of your reflection, please answer the following questions:

  1. What previous exposure have you had to ethics in psychology?
  2. What is your idea of “right” and “wrong” professional behavior?
  3. Where does your conceptualization of “right” and “wrong” behavior come from?
  4. What aspects of the field of psychology are most aligned with your personal values? Which aspects are least aligned?
  5. What have you learned about yourself during your tenure as an Ashford University student?
  6. Has your thinking about ethics changed during that time?

The purpose of the journal activity is to allow you to thoroughly reflect upon what you have learned so far in your coursework and to provide you with an opportunity to relate this learning to your own experiences. The reflective journal is not a formal written assignment; however you are expected to adhere to conventional rules of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation while focusing on clearly conveying your thoughts.

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PSY 496 Week 3 Assignment Final Paper Draft (Ash)

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Final Paper Draft

This paper should represent a significant academic effort that draws upon empirical and conceptual evidence presented in professional publications of psychology and related fields and is organized as a review of the literature. It is expected that students will utilize a variety of resources including literature databases, academic journals, books, and other scientific sources. Non peer-reviewed Internet sources are not acceptable for the literature review.

The paper will represent a fair and comprehensive review of relevant literature, that is organized around a thesis statement.

Your paper should be organized as follows (approximate page lengths):

Title Page (one page)

Abstract

Introduction (one page)

Review of Literature – Link (five to seven pages)

Peer Reviewed articles and studies are chosen

Chosen references pertain directly to student's thesis

References are well summarized and support student discussion

Reference Page (one page)


All literature citations must utilize current APA style as outlined by the Ashford Writing Center, and the Final Paper must be free of spelling and grammatical errors.

Although there are no strict length requirements, it is anticipated that your Final Paper will be between eight- to ten- pages (including title and reference pages) in length, with at least five to ten primary/scholarly source references reviewed in the paper. The sources should be from a variety of resources including literature databases, academic journals, books, and other scientific sources.

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PSY 496 Week 4 Journal Multicultural Issues (Ash)

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Multicultural Issues

For this journal entry, you will clearly describe some of the significant influences on your identity development. As you reflect, please answer the following questions:

  1. How has culture (gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, family values, etc.) impacted your identity, life experiences, and world views?
  2. What major groups and cultures have contributed to your identity?
  3. What stereotypes are embedded in your cultural experience?
  4. How has your cultural identity influenced your interactions with individuals from other cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds?

The purpose of the journal activity is to allow you to thoroughly reflect upon what you have learned so far in your coursework and to provide you with an opportunity to relate this learning to your own experiences. The reflective journal is not a formal written assignment; however you are expected to adhere to conventional rules of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation while focusing on clearly conveying your thoughts.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entry.

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