How to write the course paper
Watch all 3 topic videos (youll be tested on the midterm for the content in these videos)
Pick a topic from the list provided below
Read the two research papers associated with your topic
Download the associated topic outline for your topic (to help you begin to write your paper)
Write an outline in Week 4, upload your outline during week 4 (see week 4 module)
Submit a rough draft to Turnitin (to check for plagiarism) during week 7 (see week 7 module)
Submit final draft of course paper in week 8
The format for the course paper project is as follows:
Four (4) total pages
Title page (page #1), includes the name of the paper, student name, and student ID
Synthesis Essay (pages 2 and 3), Citations (in-text) APA 6th
Bibliography page (page #4) APA 6th
All pages: 12 point Times Roman, 1 margins, double-spaced
Citation Format: APA 6th
Synthesis Essay pages
Your essay will open with a description of the topic you pick, along with the stated research question for each topic. As you move into the main body of your you will synthesize and describe the differences between two sources of academic information. Then your essay will close with whatever your position/opinion is of the research that you have synthesized in the earlier pages. Quoting in the content pages should be EXTREMELY MINIMAL it should be a synthesis of the two sources in your own words.
Topic/Research Question #1 – What are the unintended psychological impacts of mobile technology?
Hyman, I. E., Boss, S. M., Wise, B. M., McKenzie, K. E., & Caggiano, J. M. (2010). Did you see the unicycling clown? Inattentional blindness while walking and talking on a cell phone. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24(5), 597-607.
Misra, S., Cheng, L., Genevie, J., & Yuan, M. (2016). The iPhone effect: the quality of in-person social interactions in the presence of mobile devices. Environment and Behavior, 48(2), 275-298.
Topic/Research Question #2 – The pursuit of happiness can it be increased and sustained?
Lyubomirsky, S., Sheldon, K. M., & Schkade, D. (2005). Pursuing happiness: The architecture of sustainable change. Review of general psychology, 9(2), 111.
Veenhoven, R. (2015). Social conditions for human happiness: A review of research. International Journal of Psychology, 50(5), 379-391.
Topic/Research Question #3 – How accurate is eyewitness testimony?
Loftus, E. F. (1975). Leading questions and the eyewitness report. Cognitive psychology, 7(4), 560-572.
Cochran, K. J., Greenspan, R. L., Bogart, D. F., & Loftus, E. F. (2016). Memory blindness: Altered memory reports lead to distortion in eyewitness memory. Memory & cognition, 44(5), 717-726.