Essentials of Psychology SSC130

Essay Assignment

OBJECTIVE To successfully complete this course, you must write an essay based on information found in your textbook Psychology and Your Life, 2nd Edition, by Robert S. Feldman. The great thing about this assignment is there is NO outside research necessary!

Choose one of the topics and submit a well-written essay based on that topic. Your essay should be 750 to 1,000 words long. Remember: If you use the exact words of your textbook’s authors, you must use quotation marks and cite the information properly. To learn more about proper format- ting of citations for both in-text and a reference page, visit

Note: The only source you may use is your textbook. Any use of outside information will result in an automatic post of 1 percent.

Please take a few moments to watch the video available on your student portal. The video gives a verbal explanation of this assignment.



Begin by reviewing Chapter 5. Chapter 5 discusses classical conditioning and the experiments of Ivan Pavlov, operant conditioning, and B.F. Skinner’s contributions to the field in particular with his discussion on rewards and punishment. Chapter 5 also discusses cognitive approaches to learning, which include latent learning and observational learning based on Bandura’s experiments.

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Then, write your essay about one of the following topics:

1. Choose one of these conditioning/learning styles and fully discuss the theory and theorist of your choice. Once this is complete use the elements of the theory to demonstrate how it may be applied to child rearing. In essay format, create a plan to help get a young child to clean his or her room.

2. Conditioning still plays a role in punishment, and the text discusses the pros and cons of punishment and why reinforcement “beats” punishment. An explanation of the theory and theorist needs to be included in your discus- sion. Explain the theory behind this phenomenon and give an example of it by how you used it when training an animal. You can use the theory to train an animal to do a specific trick or stop an unwanted behavior.


Begin by reviewing Chapter 6. Chapter 6 discusses memory, how the brain processes information, and the process involved in forgetting information. In addition, the chapter discusses how we as humans think, reason, and solve prob- lems and the role our brains play in developing language.

Then, write your essay about one of the following topics:

1. Discuss the process of memory. In particular, discuss the different types of memory and relate each one to a personal experience.

2. Discuss each of the different theories on language acqui- sition. As our country becomes more multicultural, how can these any or all of these theories aid our children and/or you in learning a second and perhaps a third language?

Motivation and Emotion

Begin by reviewing Chapter 7. Chapter 7 states that humans are born to be motivated to satisfy our needs, discusses why some of us seek out more sensation and thrills more than others, explains why emotions and the need for power rule some of us, and ends with a discussion of the cultural differ- ences on how we as humans express emotions.

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Then, write your essay about one of the following topics:

1. According to Maslow, our motivation progresses up a pyramid. Discuss his theory and give your opinion on whether or not you agree with it. Give concrete examples (in relation to the hierarchy) to support your opinion.

2. The text discusses three models of emotions. After you have defined all three theories, choose one of those mod- els and describe what you do in the event of a crisis. Provide specific examples.

Process Your essay assignment must include

1. A cover sheet

2. The body of your paper (750–1,000 words)

3. A reference page, if needed

The Cover Sheet

The first page of your paper will be the cover sheet. Provide the following information:

n The title of your chosen topic

n Your name and student ID

n Current date (for example, November 1, 2013)

n Essentials of Psychology SSC130

n Essay 250059

Developing the Body of Your Paper

As stated earlier, you are to choose one of the assigned top- ics and create a thoughtful, well-written essay of 750 to 1,000 words based solely from the sources provided (in other words, your textbook). If you use the exact words of the text- book’s authors, you are required to use quotation marks and provide proper citations both in the text and on a properly formatted reference page. If you don’t know how to do this,

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please refer to shop/citapa.htm to learn more about proper formatting of both in-text citations and a reference page.

Formatting Format your paper using a standard font, such as Times New Roman, 12 point, double-spaced. Set the margins at a stan- dard 1 inch on all sides. Since you’ve given your information on the cover sheet, no header is necessary. The standard style format for citations is American Psychological Association (APA). If you need help with this, refer to

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Grading Criteria Turn to the appendix of this study guide to view the rubric outlining the criteria by which you’ll be graded.

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