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The final assignment for this course is a paper. The purpose of the Final Paper is for you to explore a topical area and apply critical insight to discern fact from fiction. You will review the available evidence for a commonly held belief and provide a conclusion regarding the merit of this claim by describing concepts in core psychological domains and examining variations in psychological functioning.
You have already selected your topic from the list below in Week Three of the course to complete an annotated bibliography. These sources should inform your thinking and assist you in making a conclusion regarding the “truth” (i.e., scientific validity) of a commonly held belief. You must continue with your selected topic unless you have received permission from your instructor otherwise. Click here for the various topic options that are available.
Note: Using headings within your writing can assist you in organizing your thoughts more successfully. For more information about using heading, please click here.
The summative assignment for this course is a Final Paper, which is due in Week 5. To ensure proper preparation for this cumulative work and provide you with an opportunity for some initial feedback and guidance, you will prepare an annotated bibliography and an introduction this week. In addition, you will prepare a paragraph that includes any questions (etc.) you may have about the Final Paper.
Part I: The Annotated Bibliography: An annotated bibliography is a list of relevant scholarly works along with a descriptive and evaluative summary of each. Your annotated bibliography will relate information relevant to your analysis of the selected option provided for the Final Paper. Utilize the provided template. To view an example annotated biography click here.
Part II: The Introduction and Summary Paragraphs
The Annotated Bibliography
TOPICS TO CHOOSE FROM
People are either right-brained or left-brained.
Most people only use 10% of their brains.
Dreams possess symbolic meaning and can be interpreted accurately.
Sensation and Perception
Subliminal advertising is highly effective.
Playing classical music to infants will boost their intelligence.
Using “motherly talk” (i.e., baby talk) with infants will delay their speech and hamper their language skills.
Learning, Language, and Cognition
Human memory works like a tape recorder or video camera, recording events exactly as they occur.
People commonly repress memories of traumatic experiences, and hypnosis can be useful for retrieving these
IQ scores are unrelated to academic performance.
Motivation, Emotions, and Health
Ulcers are caused by stress.
A positive attitude can stave off cancer.
Money can buy happiness (or, happiness is determined mainly by external circumstances).
Opposites attract: People who are very different tend to be attracted to one another.
“Venting” is an effective means of cooling off and preventing aggression.
There’s safety in numbers: The more people present at an emergency, the greater chance that someone will
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: People have very different standards of physical attractiveness.
Low self-esteem is a major cause of psychological problems.
Astrology (the zodiac signs) can accurately predict people’s personality traits.
Personality is genetically determined (i.e., nature) and character trains cannot change over time (via nurture).
Psychological Disorders and Therapy
Depression is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain and can only be treated successfully with medication.
People with schizophrenia have multiple personalities.
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