Conduct a literature review (see Bem, 2016). You will review and summarize relevant theory and research in order to defend a particular position (your thesis). The topic of your literature review might come from the following list, or you may identify a different area of interest. However, if you choose something other than the options below, you must obtain permission from your instructor prior to writing/submitting the paper. It is up to the instructor’s discretion to allow/disallow alternative topics. Here are some ideas you might choose to explore:
Accuracy of Proverbs
Example: “Don’t judge a book by its cover” or “Beauty is a good letter of introduction”? In other words, what can one conclude based on appearance alone?
Example: “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” or “Out of sight, out of mind”? In other words, do long distances or extended amounts of time strengthen relationship ties, or weaken them?
Example: “Birds of a feather flock together” or “Opposites attract”? In other words, are people attracted to similar or dissimilar others?
Impact of Titles/Labels
Example: How do team mascots (such as the Redskins or Braves) impact Native Americans (self-esteem, stereotype threat, etc.)?
Example: How do labels (such as smart/stupid, crazy or criminal, etc.) impact people’s mental processes and behaviors?
Example: Does true altruism exist? What motivates people to help?
Example: Do optimists experience better life outcomes than pessimists?
Example: How do political campaigns utilize various techniques?
Example: Is there a dark side? Can one be too confident?
Example: Do students fare better in big schools or small schools? Why?
Example: What is the theory behind “reverse psychology”?
Example: in aggression, sex, etc.
A Form of Prejudice
Example: fat prejudice, racial prejudice, etc.
Psychology and the Law
Example: jury behavior, etc.
Other: Must be approved by your instructor in advance!
The Final Paper
Must be at least 5 to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according toAPA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separatetitle page with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
Must begin with anintroductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Must utilizeacademic voice.
Must address the topic withcritical thought.
Must end with aconclusion that reaffirms the thesis.
Must use at least five peer-reviewed scholarly sources. Additional scholarly sources are encouraged.
Be sure tointegrate your research smoothly rather than simply inserting it.
In general,paraphrase material rather than using direct quotes.
TheScholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources 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 outlinedhere and here.
Must include a separatereference page that is formatted according to APA style.
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