Introductory Psychology – 111 G
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Tuesday October 10, 2006
Kristin Jones, KristinJones@creighton.edu
For this writing assignment, find a current event (
since August 2006
) by looking in
newspapers or magazines, or on the internet.
The current event must be relevant to a topic in
chapters 2-16 of the text. That is, you might come across an article about Alzheimer’s disease,
which you could relate to either biological psychology or the areas of learning and memory.
Another topic might be mass hysteria, which you could relate to social psychology.
You do not
have to tap all topics, just one in chapters 2-16.
In this paper, you MUST
(1) describe the current event
and (2) discuss the relevant
psychological aspects of this event
(i.e., explain how this event is psychological) (3) using TWO
references to support your position
You must (4) submit copies of the first page of your articles
and a copy of the current event
(if it is longer than one page, just submit the first page).
This is not an opinion paper or personal reflection
, but rather a
personal experience or reflection is allowed, but the “facts” of the paper need to be supported by
the articles you get from the literature.
Thus, this paper is an exercise in formal (essay) writing.
If you have questions, see
Dr. Stone, Jordan, or the grader, Kristin.
The textbook for the course may not be used as one of the two required references
must use psychology journals (e.g.,
Journal of Applied Psychology
If you are unsure as to whether your journal is acceptable, ask
Stone, Jordan, or the grader, Kristin.
Magazines such as US News and World Report
are NOT psychology journals, but may be used for the current event.
periodical references (i.e., journal) listings. Use PsychINFO
) to search
for relevant topics.
If you have questions, ask
Dr. Stone, Jordan, or Kristin.
You may have
up to four
other references besides the two required as supplemental references.
This paper is to be 5-6 pages
We like concise writing in psychology, but be thorough.
you are over or under, points may be deducted.
Papers are graded on content (0-5 points) and
style (0-5) points.
The first draft will be weighted 20%, the second draft 80%.
You must turn
in your original paper with the final paper or the final grade is a zero(0)