Applying Psychology To My Life.

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Make personal application of some of the terms you have studied., This personal application of concepts learned is one of the things that makes psychology such an interesting area of study. Not all courses of study have such a direct application to our own lives. You will select four (4) of the following terms or concepts. You will read and research at least three scholarly sources and then identify, discuss and place each concept in proper context. After you have identified each concept you will then explain ways each concept can be applied to your own life with examples. I hope you enjoy your research and the personal application.

Please select four of the following concepts or theories.

  1. Social changes in life-span development
  2. Memory
  3. Positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement and punishment
  4. Issues related to gender and sexuality
  5. Motivation and emotion
  6. Personality
  7. Health psychology, stress and coping strategies
  8. Psychological Disorders and other Mental Health Issues
  9. Concepts of interpersonal relationships

You are required to write at least 800 words. Please use the APA format, cites and list at least three (3) sources. You are not required to include an abstract. 3. Please NO PLAGIARIZING !!!

Here are some websites that may be helpful to you:

  1. Psychology Information Online
  2. AllPsych Online
  3. APA Website
  4. Psych Central

Assignment Requirements (Use as a checklist):

  • Use a 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman Font
  • Minimum of 800 words. No more than 1,000 words
  • Minimum of three (3) cited sources
  • Use APA format and parenthetical citations right after cited material (See below)
  • Make sure your name is on your paper

What is a parenthetical citation right after the material you cited?

It is when you place the source in parenthesis ( ) right after the sentence you cited instead of waiting until the end of the paper. It helps the reader to know exactly what sentences and paragraphs are taken from particular sources.

Example: Place the author’s name and the source’s date of publication in parentheses immediately after the end of the cited material.

  • Psychology is defined as the science of behavior and mental processes (Coon, p. 12)
  • Families with no telephone service have difficulty accessing social services for which they are qualified (Benton Foundation, 1998, chap. 2, “Societal Priorities”). http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/online/cite6.html

Tips:

  • Use spell and grammar check
  • Make sure you indented paragraphs (5 spaces in)
  • Balance – Each paragraph should be similar in length

Citing Sources:

Parenthetical (In-Text) Citations

A parenthetical (in-text) citation is when you place the source in parenthesis ( ) right after the sentence you cited instead of waiting until the end of the paper. It helps the reader to know exactly what sentences and paragraphs are taken from particular sources.

Place the author’s name and the source’s date of publication in parentheses immediately after the end of the cited material. If it is a direct quote, include the page number as well. For example: “Psychology is defined as the science of behavior and mental processes” (Coon, 2012 p. 12).

If you have paraphrased the information then you do not need to include the page number. For example: Psychology is a scientific field that specifically studies both mental processes and the associated behaviors (Coon, 2012).

Helpful Tips

  • Always use spell and grammar check
  • Make sure you indented the paragraphs (5 spaces in)
  • Balance – Each paragraph should be similar in length
  • Review the APA video and resource in Student Resources under Course Home
  • You can send your paper to the Keiser OWL (Online Writing Lab) for review and to ask for help.

A Quick Guide to Referencing Sources

Book

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

Example: Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Article or Chapter in an Edited Book

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.

Example: O’Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men’s and women’s gender role journeys: A metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York, NY: Springer.


Article from Library Database

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number (issue number), pages.

Example: Harlow, H. F. (1983). Fundamentals for preparing psychology journal articles. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 55(3), 893-896.

Note – If the article can also be found in print you do no need to provide the database or online location.

If there is a doi # that should also be given at the end of the reference.

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number, page range. doi:0000000/000000000000

Example: Brownlie, D. (2007). Toward effective poster presentations: An annotated bibliography. European Journal of Marketing, 41(11/12), 1245-1283. doi:10.1108/03090560710821161


Article in Online Journal

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Online Periodical, volume number(issue number if available). Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/

Example:

Bernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living Web. A list apart: For people who make websites, 149. Retrieved from http://www.alistapart.com/articles/writeliving


Web Page

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Retrieved from http://webaddress.com

Example: Cressia, L. L. (1997). Copyright and fair use: Future of fair use. Retrieved from http://www.cas.usf.edu/english/walker/courses/fall97/concl.html


Web Page without Author

Bipolar disorder. National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/complete-index.shtml


Online Lecture Notes or Presentation Slides

Hallam, A. Duality in consumer theory [PDF document]. Retrieved from Lecture Notes Online Web site: http://www.econ.iastate.edu/classes/econ501/Hallam/index.html


Newspaper Article

Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/

Example: Parker-Pope, T. (2008, May 6). Psychiatry handbook linked to drug industry. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com


Graphics, Audio, or Video Files

CBS News. (2006). MLK Jr.’s legacy [Video]. Available from http://www.cbsnews.com

For files without titles, use the file name instead.

press-image4.jpg [Graphic]. Retrieved from http://universe.nasa.gov/images/press-image4.jpg


Online Encyclopedias or Dictionaries

Feminism. (n.d.). In Encyclopædia Britannica online. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/724633/feminism


Blogs

Bartow, A. (2006, March 26). Parody is fair use! Sivacracy.net. Retrieved from http://www.nyu.edu/classes/siva/

Psychology Video Blog #3 [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqM90eQi5-M


Interview, Emails, or other Personal Communication

No personal communication is included in your reference list; instead, parenthetically cite the communicator’s name, the phrase “personal communication,” and the date of the communication in your main text only.

(E. Robbins, personal communication, January 4, 2001).

Example of how this would be presented as an in-text citation: E. Robbins also claimed that many of her students had difficulties with APA style (personal communication, January 4, 2001).


Reference : Purdue Online Writing Lab. Retrieved from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

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