If theory and research in psychology suggest that the statement is false (i.e., it is instead bubba or pop psychology), infer an alternative truth based on the literature.

If theory and research in psychology suggest that the statement is false (i.e., it is instead bubba or pop psychology), infer an alternative truth based on the literature.

Final Paper Fact or Fiction?

The final assignment for this course is a paper.  The purpose of the Final Paper is for you to explore a topical area and apply critical insight to discern fact from fiction.  You will review the available evidence for a commonly held belief and provide a conclusion regarding the merit of this claim by describing concepts in core psychological domains and examining variations in psychological functioning.

You have already selected your topic from the list below in Week Three of the course to complete an annotated bibliography. These sources should inform your thinking and assist you in making a conclusion regarding the “truth” (i.e., scientific validity) of a commonly held belief. You must continue with your selected topic unless you have received permission from your instructor otherwise.  Click here for the various topic options that are available.

  • Review the sources you gathered for the Week 3 Annotated Bibliography.  Visit the Ashford Library (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to obtain additional scholarly articles as necessary to fully inform your thinking and address gaps in your knowledge of the topic.
  • Write a paper in which you summarize (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. psychological theory and research that is pertinent to this topic.  Click here for additional information on how to successfully summarize information from an article. The paper should appraise the evidence contained within your articles, supporting and/or contradicting the statement you have chosen to examine.  Your task is to distinguish whether or not this commonly held belief accurately represents psychological knowledge of the topic and discuss your conclusions.
    • If theory and research in psychology suggest that the statement is false (i.e., it is instead bubba or pop psychology), infer an alternative truth based on the literature.
    • If the theory and research in psychology suggest that the statement is true, point out how the research supports the statement.

Note: Using headings within your writing can assist you in organizing your thoughts more successfully.

The paper

  • Must be five to seven double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • A header
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. that has a succinct thesis statement (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Must utilize academic voice (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Must paraphrase (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. material, avoiding direct quotes.
    • Minimal quotes are used within the writing.  (No more than 2-3 sentences.).  For more information about how to synthesize your writing.Links to an external site..
  • Must address the topic with critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. that reaffirms the thesis.
  • Must use at least five peer-reviewed scholarly sources.  Additional scholarly sources are encouraged.  Be sure to integrate your research (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. smoothly rather than simply inserting it.
    • The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types.  If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor.  Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined here (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and here (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Must include a separate reference page (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. that is formatted according to APA style.
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