This is an independent project giving you an opportunity to delve more deeply into a topic, to integrate your understanding of concepts, and to develop a better understanding of the contributions made by an individual and the systems that influenced them. Choose a psychologist born in 1935 or after about whom you would like to know more. If your chosen person is born before 1935, the paper will be a zero. A major goal of this assignment is to utilize the materials we have covered and see the influences of these on a recent psychologist. Do not use CSULB faculty. Please include and label the following sections in your paper: (There is one point off for each section that is not labeled).
1. Biographical: A short biographical description of their life, especially precedents leading towards their being a psychologist. What year were they born? What personal data can you find? Where did they go to school? What was the theoretical model studied there? What was their dissertation topic? To what theoretical model do they currently subscribe? How do/did they make a living?
2. Zeitgeist: Describe elements of the zeitgeist in which they live or lived. This includes things like wars, financial depressions, recessions, boom economies, what is going on in physics or other studies that impact psychology, what school of psychology is influential, and any other cultural influences like discrimination or favoritism of cultural groups.
3. Influences: Trace back to at least 1880 their intellectual forefathers/mothers. Indicate who were influential psychologists, philosophers, physiologists, philosophies, and ideas and how these influenced them during their formative years and careers.
4. Overall impact/influence of your person on the field of psychology or society. What contributions were made by your person (research, theory, perspective, therapy, applications, etc.).
This paper requires your researching using six to ten references. At least three of these references MUST be peer-reviewed journal articles, not books or web sites. You may use your textbook, but it does not count as one of your six to ten references. It still needs to be put on your references page and cited in your text when using information from it. Sources need to go beyond what the text offers. Have a reference page listing all references cited in the text following APA format. Make sure that all references cited in the text are on your references page. Make sure that all references on references page are cited in the text. For every reference on the references page that is not cited in the text, three points are deducted. For every reference used in the text that is not on the reference page, three points are deducted. Papers that have these reference problems lose their credibility with your readers. I want you to become more aware of this to help when you are writing academic papers in the future. Also, be cautious about on-line sources because many internet resources are not reviewed for accuracy.
Your final paper should be composed of:
1. A cover page, including title, author, running head, page number 1, and your name. For each of these missing, one point is deducted. Five points are deducted if there is no cover page. This page is not part of the 7-9 pages of the body of the paper.
2. The body of your paper should be 7-9 pages in length (not 6 ¾). The first page of the body is the number 2 page. The seventh page of the body is page number 8. For every page short of 7 pages, eight points are deducted. For every ½ page short, four points are deducted. For every ¼ page short, two points are deducted. If margins are too big, font is more than 12 point Times New Roman, spacing is more than double, quotes are over-used (more than a total of nine lines of print), right margin is justified, redundant information, or anything else that takes up extra space, points are deducted for the amount this shortens the paper. Information that is copied directly must be cited with page number. It is best to use your own words. Use APA style for all citations and quotes.
3. The references page is not part of the 7-9 pages of the body of the paper. All sources need to be cited. References are in APA format. It has References at the top middle page. Authors are listed alphabetically according to the first author’s last name. There is a hanging indent after the first line of each reference. Double spacing is used throughout. Check APA 6th Edition Manual for correct positioning of commas, periods, for proper sequencing of information, italics, and anything else needed for citations. A point is deducted for each of these errors.
Papers are typed, double-spaced, on white paper, 12 point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins all around (with text aligned to the left; do not justify text on the right; points taken off for this depending on how wide the margin is), and stapled at top left-hand corner. Page numbers are at the top right hand corner of each page. Your writing skills will be evaluated as part of your grade on this paper. Your grade will be reduced if you communicate poorly and if you use improper sentence structure, poor paragraphing, poor spelling, poor grammar, etc. Points are deducted depending on how extensive the errors are. Get someone to read and edit your paper before turning it in. A writing resource is The Writer’s Resource, Located in LAB-206, (562) 985-4329. This fills up quickly, so call for appointments well ahead of when you need them. http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/english/wrl/ There is also a resource center here in psychology on the third floor.
Your paper will NOT have the methods, results, and discussion sections that APA experimental report articles have. This is a literature search paper. The APA Publication Manual, 6th edition, is the final authority.
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