Essentials of Psychology SSC130 Research Essay-conditioning, memory, or motivation and emotion

SSC130: Research Essay

Essentials of Psychology : SSC130:
Research Essay
Lesson 4 Overview
In this lesson, you must
write an essay on the topic
of conditioning, memory, or
motivation and emotion.
4.1 Write an essay
about conditioning,
memory, or motivation
and emotion
SSC130: Essay
READING ASSIGNMENT
Your project must be submitted as a Word document (.docx, .doc). Your
project will be individually graded by your instructor and therefore may take up
to five to seven days to grade. Be sure that each of your files contains the
following information:
Your name
Your student ID number
The exam number
Your email address
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To submit your graded project, follow these steps:
Log in to your student portal.
Click on Take Exam next to the lesson you’re working on.
Find the exam number for your project at the top of the Project Upload
page.
Follow the instructions provided to complete your exam.
Be sure to keep a backup copy of any files you submit to the school!
Objective
To successfully complete this course, you must write a research essay
based on information found in your textbook, Psychology and Your
Life, by Robert S. Feldman, and three outside sources. You’ll choose
one of the three topics below and write an essay of six complete
paragraphs for or against the question being asked. After presenting
both sides of the debate, you’ll make three claims to support your
thesis and convince the reader why your opinion is correct.
Topics
1. Media Violence: Does media violence cause violent behavior?
2. Eyewitness Testimony: Is eyewitness testimony reliable in the
court of law?
3. The Opioid Epidemic: Are doctors who overprescribe narcotic
pain medication causing the opioid epidemic?
Note: You’re to select only one topic for your paper.
Process
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Your essay must include the following:
1. A title page
2. Introduction paragraph and thesis statement
3. Topic background paragraph that presents both sides of the
debate
4. Body consisting of three claim paragraphs and supporting
evidence
5. Conclusion paragraph
6. APA style reference page
The Title Page
The first page of your essay will be the title page. Provide the
following information:
The title of your research essay
Your name and student ID
“SSC130: Essentials of Psychology”
Exam number
“Penn Foster College”
Current date
Formatting
Format your essay following American Psychological Association
(APA) style using 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Set your paragraph
line spacing to 2.0, double-spacing. Use 1 inch margins. Include a
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header with a shortened title in ALL CAPS on the left and the page
number on the right. In-text citations and the reference page must be
in APA style. On this page list websites, journals, and all other
references used in preparing the submission. Also include a cover
page and in-text citations. For assistance with this project and APA in-
text citations and references, please see the Biology page in the Penn
Foster Virtual Library (pflibrary.pennfoster.edu/c.php?g=589955) .
Remember that grammar counts! Be sure to reread, revise and
proofread your essay for polished English grammar, spelling,
capitalization, spacing, and mechanics.
Rubric
SSC130: Essentials of PsychologyResearch Essay Evaluation
Name:
Student ID:
A B C F
CONTENT• The student clearly stated his/her opinion on a chosentopic.• The student used at least three different sources andlistedthese sources on an APA-style reference page.• The student presented both sides of the debate.• The student wrote three claims to support the thesis.• The student cited evidence to support each claim.
70–64 63–58 57–50 49–0
GRAMMAR, SENTENCES, and MECHANICS• The student used correct grammar, spelling, mechanics,punctuation, and sentence structure.• The student formed six complete paragraphs.
15–13 12–11 10–9 8–0
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FORMAT and LENGTH• The student’s title page contains all the requiredinformation(title; name and student number; course title and number;exam number, and current date) and includes a headerwith page numbers.• The student used Times New Roman 12-point font,double-spaced and 1-inch margins.• The student included APA style in-text citations and areference page.
15–13 12–11 10–9 8–0
Key Points and Links
READING ASSIGNMENT
Key Points
Review classical conditioning and the experiments of Ivan
Pavlov.
Review operant conditioning and B.F. Skinner’s contributions to
the field in particular with his discussion on rewards and
punishment.
Review memory, how the brain processes information, and how
humans think, reason, and solve problems.
Review the ways that people are motivated to satisfy their needs
and why some seek out more sensation and thrills than others.
Review the ways that cultural differences affect how humans
express emotions.
Research Essay APA Webinar Registration Link
READING STUDY MATERIAL
Research Essay APA Webinar Registration Link (register.gotowebinar
.com/rt/4441411633344044033)
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Lesson 4 Review
Self-Check
1. You would like to include the following sentence in your paper from
research done by Atkinson and Shiffrin in 1968 and 1971: “The three-
system approach to memory states that for information to be
remembered, it must travel through different memory storage systems
or stages.” How would you appropriately cite this in-text?
a. (1968, 1971)
b. Atkinson & Shiffrin, (1968, 1971)
c. (Atkinson & Shiffrin)
d. (Atkinson & Shiffrin, 1968, 1971)
2. Which of the following content order is correct for your cover sheet?
a. The title of your chosen topic, Essentials of Psychology SSC130,
Essay 351257, your name and student ID, current date (for example,
April 1, 2019).
b. The title of your chosen topic, your name and student ID, current
date (for example, April 1, 2019), Essentials of Psychology SSC130,
Essay 351257.
c. Your name and student ID, current date (for example, April 1,
2019), the title of your chosen topic, Essentials of Psychology
SSC130, Essay 351257.
d. Current date (for example, April 1, 2019), your name and student
ID, the title of your chosen topic, Essentials of Psychology SSC130,
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Essay 351257.
3. If you include the exact words of the textbook author in the body of
your paper, what must you be sure to do?
a. Apply bold formatting to the words in the quote.
b. Enclose the exact words in quotation marks.
c. Italicize the entire phrase.
d. Enclose the exact words in parentheses.
Self-Check Answer Key
1. (Atkinson & Shiffrin, 1968, 1971)
Explanation: APA in-text citation style is an author/date in-text
parenthetical system, where a reference to another article is
embedded your text. If the sentence doesn’t include the author’s
name, the parenthetical includes author’s name and date
separated by a comma.
Reference: Section 4.1
2. The title of your chosen topic, your name and student ID, current
date (for example, April 1, 2019), Essentials of Psychology
SSC130, Essay 351257.
Explanation: The first page of your paper will be the cover sheet.
Provide the following information:
The title of your chosen topic
Your name and student ID
Current date (for example, April 1, 2019)
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Essentials of Psychology SSC130
Essay 351257
Reference: Section 4.1
3. Enclose the exact words in quotation marks.
Explanation: If you use the exact words of the textbook’s authors,
you’re required to use quotation marks and provide proper
citations both in the text and on a properly formatted reference
page.
Reference: Section 4.1
Flash Cards
1. Term: Cover Sheet
Definition: A introductory page to a paper or report
2. Term: Body
Definition: The main part of a paper or report where you present your
work
3. Term: In-text Citation
Definition: A reference to author(s) and date of publication for outside
material that you refer to, quote, paraphrase, or comment on within a
paper or report; also referred to as a parenthetical reference
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4. Term: Reference Page
Definition: A page at the end of a paper or report that gives the
details of the sources for any in-text citations
5. Term: Formatting
Definition: The look of the text in a paper or report; includes items
such as margin size, font type and size, and use of numeric and
bulleted lists
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