Principles of Psychology

Principles of Psychology

Psychology 100 Research Participation Alternative Assignment

Students who do not wish to participate in a psychological study may choose to read a psychological study and complete an essay. By reading an article that has been published in an American Psychological Association journal, the intent is that students gain an understanding and appreciation of the methods used by social researchers to disseminate much of the information that students have learned in class. One paper is equivalent to one credit hour of research participation. If you have not participated in any research studies, you must complete two writing assignments (or more if you have been deemed a no-show for an actual experiment).

Students must obtain an article(s) from the book entitled “Forty Studies That Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research” by Roger Hock. This book can be found in the Thompson Library ONLINE CATALOG at:  when in MIRLYN do a search for the word “Forty” in the “search for Word(s) anywhere” and click “Course Reserves” button and click search  There are two editions (2003 and 2005) and either editions are acceptable. Students are to choose and read the article and answer the essay questions from below. The articles are empirical in nature and were written for a captivated audience hence, many may find certain parts of the readings difficult to understand (i.e., the results section). Students may want to focus on the Introduction (describes the issue and surveys previous studies), Methods (describes how this particular study was carried out), and Discussion (interpretation of the study and what the results may mean) sessions in order to get a general understanding to of the article.  Write an essay (for each article chosen)—in your own words—that addresses the following questions:
1.    What is the purpose of the research?
2.    What type of research method was used (e.g., description of subjects, how many, how were they selected; what apparatus or materials were used, and procedures).
3.    Identify the independent variable(s) & dependent variable(s)
4.    What were the main results?
5.    How does the research relate to topics you’ve learned in your course (be specific)?
6.    How does the research apply to your everyday life experiences (be specific)?
Be sure to include as a cover sheet (this page does not count toward the minimum 2 page limit) the following:
•    Your name, student ID number, instructors name and course number
•    article’s title, authors, and date of study

All papers must be submitted to YOUR PSY 100 INSTRUCTOR by the last regular scheduled day of classes (not including study period or finals week) by 5pm.  When sending this email you should type the following as a header: ‘Alternative Assignment – instructors name-day & time of class,’ if you do not include the title, you may not be given proper credit for your submission. Any papers submitted after this date must be sent to your instructor. Please check with your instructor to see if they will accept late papers and deadline in which they may accept late papers. Papers are to be written in your own words and quotations from the article will not be accepted. Paper must be typed in Microsoft word using standard font size of 12 points, 1 ¼ inch margins wide; 1 inch top and bottom, double spaced, and saved in text format. The paper should at least be two pages and written without excessive spelling errors, poor grammar, and punctuation. Please note that all essays must be original and done independently from other students. If any form is plagiarized from another student and/or some outside source, students may risk disciplinary action that is not limited to the following: an incomplete for the course; failing the course, and/or suspension from the university. Non-compliance of any of the aforementioned rules and the paper will not be accepted and graded as an incomplete paper.

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