Topic outline

  • Learning and Memory

  • Reflection Papers

    Reflection Paper Instructions

    PSY 443

     

    Reflection Papers require you to reflect on the lecture and textbook material. Each assignment is worth 50 points. In order to earn full credit, answer the following:

    1. 1. Describe in detail a real-life scenario, either from your personal experience, a news story, television show, that describes an application of the information from this  topic. (20 points)

                    For example: This week's topic was about classical conditioning. I saw a video clip of "The Office" that showed Jim conditioning Dwight to want an Altoid whenever he heard the sound of Windows restarting.

    2. How does the information from this week's topic fulfill the mission of York College to equip you for service to God, family, and society? (e.g., how can you be a better person /student /spouse /parent /Christian /American /voter /consumer /etc. because of this information)? 

    If you have an idea of what you are planning to do for a living, how can this help you in your future career? 

    Are there any biblical principles or scriptures related to the topic? (15 points)

    3. Find a peer-reviewed article which describes a research study about this topic. You may choose an article which uses either human or animal subjects. Describe the experiment in terms of how it relates to this section's textbook and lecture material. What is the hypothesis and what are the main findings? In what manner do the authors suggest any applications of their research findings for improving/modifying daily living? Please be sure to cite your study in APA style. (15 points)

    Each assignment should be between 300-500 words in length. Please use a professional, formal writing style (e.g., complete sentences, appropriate capitalization, etc). If you are unsure about the requirements or the writing style, I am happy to give feedback and corrections BEFORE the due date. 5 points will be deducted from the final grade if the length or grammar requirements are not met.

  • Behavior Modification Paper

    60 points

    Due at 5 pm on April 12

    Instructions below are not complete yet.

    For this assignment, you will create a proposal for modifying your behavior (or that of someone else or even a pet). You will not actually be performing the behavior modification for this assignment.

    1. Choose one habit or behavioral pattern in your life (or the life of a friend or pet) that you would like to modify. Describe this behavior, when it occurs, the antecedent conditions, and the outcomes that currently take place. (15 points)

    2. Find two peer-reviewed articles (using EBSCOhost or PubMed) that describe behavioral treatment of a similar issue. Describe the methods/procedures and behavioral outcomes for these articles.  Be sure to cite these articles in APA style at the end of your paper. You will use the information from these articles to inform your plan in part 3. (20 points)

    3. Present a detailed, step-by-step, plan for the modification of your target behavior.  Be specific in describing which classical and operant processes you will use to change the behavior.  Using the information from the articles and what you have learned from our class, answer the following questions: What kind of stimuli will be introduced? What is the end-goal behavioral pattern (in other words, how will you know when the behavior has been successfully modified)? Based on your research, how long (how many trials, over what period of time) do you predict it will take for the new behavioral pattern to be in place?  What pitfalls or roadblocks could interfere with your behavior modification plan? (25 points)

    As always, there will be a 5-point deduction for carelessness related to spelling, grammar, and punctuation. APA style writing is not required for the narrative portion of the assignment, but is required for the citations.

  • Final paper

    Final paper instructions

    Due: 60 points

    PSY 443

    Over the course of this semester, we have discussed the theories behind a wide variety of human and animal behaviors. This assignment requires you to analyze an activity from your personal experiences. This can be done as a narrative or numbered list, depending on your preference and ease of description.

    1. Choose one complex activity that you perform regularly (such as driving a car, music, sports, theater, etc). Please talk to me if you are unsure whether your chosen activity qualifies for this assignment. Break down the activity/behavior into its component parts. In what order must the actions or processes be completed? Describe this activity in terms of the various classical and operant processes involved with this activity. Using your book and notes, answer the following question: What type of learning or memory process must take place in order for me to complete this task? For full credit, you must include information from at least three separate chapters/topics from the semester. (This section is worth 25 points)

    2. Find a peer-reviewed article OR scientific news article that specifically describes learning or memory processes during the task/activity you chose in part 1. What are the main findings of this paper? If not directly related, how can the findings from this study be applied to your topic in section 1? Be sure to cite this article in APA style at the end of your paper. (20 points)

    3. What have you gained from this class that will contribute to your success as a professional in the field of psychology (or your chosen field of work)? (15 points)

    This assignment should be between 750-1000 words long. When you have completed the assignment, please proofread it. The format does not necessarily have to be in APA style, but should be appropriate for an upper-division writer/reader (grammar, spelling, complete sentences, and spell out brain regions the first time you write about them). If necessary, you can seek proofreading help from the Success Center tutors (Spelling and Grammar: 5 points).

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