Helplessness of Fear
Essay Guidelines, Psyc 150,
Writing your Reaction Paper:
I want you to write me a paper that proves to me that you have critically read the assigned
You should read the research report, sit down and think about that research
report, and then prepare to write me a reaction paper that will illuminate for me YOUR
PERSONAL INSIGHTS regarding said research report.
3-5 pages of double-spaced text
Give your paper a title, but you do not need a title page.
You may assume that your reader has read the Hock study
provide citations in the text and a reference page.
You will probably
want to use multiple sources (Hock, Tavris & Wade, and whatever else is necessary –
from any discipline that is relevant – philosophy, literature, cinema, etc.).
definition, research finding, etc. that you mention should be accompanied by a
citation (Smith & Huo, 2002) – and then – that source must be referenced fully on the
reference page (you may use MLA or APA style for the reference page).
I want these papers to be YOUR IDEAS.
Do NOT repeat Hock’s ideas back to me
- I expect to read
your unique perspective
You may use previous research, etc., to
make a point – but the POINT of your paper (a.k.a. your thesis) must be uniquely
I want to finish the paper and see a point of view that I had not previously
Bring up debates, critiques, and implications that scratch beneath the
Issues to consider in your paper (you may deal with one or two of these issues – or
you may focus your essay on other issues – this list does
comprise a set of
requirements, only a few suggestions to get you started).
Practical Implications of the research – these implications might be social,
cultural, familial, relational, institutional, etc.
Theoretical Implications of the research – how might the theory behind the
research be changed as a result of this study (or future studies that might
Ideas for future work – give the idea AND the implications of that
Give your hypotheses and back them up with sound reasons for
Personal reactions based upon anecdotal (autobiographical) experience.
As always, proofread your papers
If your ideas are not effectively communicated,
your grade will suffer.
DO NOT PLAGERIZE!
If you have questions about what is and what is not plagiarism, consult
the numerous packets/other literature you were given during First-Year orientation.
If you write
something that is not YOUR unique thought/contribution, you must credit the source
take someone’s thoughts and regurgitate them, word for word, you must use quotation marks
“blah blah blah”) around the words you have taken.
IF YOU CHANGE A FEW
WORDS OR SLIGHTLY ALTER THE SENTENCE STRUCTURE FROM THE AUTHOR’S
ORIGNINAL WRITING – THIS IS STILL PLAGERISM!!!!!