Nature-Nurture Controversy

PSYC 101 Research Topic Outline Assignment

Instructions: Select a psychologically-based research topic of interest using the examples listed below as a possible starting point, then fill in the areas on the Research Outline Submission Page/s at the end of this handout with the information requested. (Note: When saving and submitting your completed assignment, please upload the completed page/s only (page 4)do not submit the instructions and examples.Please be sure to use the template provided and place your responses in the specific areas noted for easier grading. Once graded, this assignment may be re-submitted ONCE for a higher score . (Note: A late submission that is graded with a penalty may be resubmitted, but it will retain its penalty for the resubmission.) (20 pts total)

Research Topic Ideas (Optional)
· Abnormal Behavior 

· Abuse

· Achievement Testing

· Adaptation

· ADD/ADHD

· Addiction (drugs, alcohol, food, etc.)

· Adolescence

· Adoption

· Aging

· Aggression

· AIDS/HIV

· Alzheimer’s disease

· Amnesia

· Anorexia Nervosa

· Anxiety

· Anxiety disorders

· Asylums

· Attachment

· Attraction

· Autism

· Behaviorism

· Binge Drinking

· Binge Eating

· Bipolar disorder

· Birth Order

· (The) Brain

· Bulimia Nervosa

· Burnout

· Cancer

· Child-rearing

· Cognitive therapy

· Cohabitation

· Communication

· Conditioning

· Conflict


· Conformity

· Consciousness

· Coronary Heart

        Disease

· Creativity

· Daydreaming

· Death and Dying

· Delusions

· Dependency

· Depression

· Discrimination

· Dissociative Identity

       Disorder

· Down Syndrome

· Dreaming/Dreams

· Eating Disorders

· Evolution

· Facial Expressions

· Fetal Alcohol

        Syndrome

· Gender Differences

· Genetics

· Group Influences

· Happiness

· Homosexuality

· Hypnosis

· Infertility

· Insomnia

· Intelligence

· Intelligence

       Testing

· Language Development

· Learning

· Memory Loss

· Menopause


· Mental Retardation

· Mood Disorders

· Motivation

· Nature-Nurture Controversy

· Neurosis

· Nightmares

· Nonverbal Communication

· Obesity

· Panic Disorder

· Parenting

· Phobias

· Peer Influence

· Personality Disorders

· Personality Types

· Phobias

· PMS

· Pornography

· Poverty

· Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

· Pregnancy

· Punishment

· Sexuality

· Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

· Stage Theories

· Type A/B Behavior Patterns

· Twin Studies

· Unemployment

· Weight Issues

· Well-being/Happiness

· Work and Careers

· ETC….




--Topic of Paper (2 pts)—The topic must be psychological in nature and specific enough to compose thorough research. Please refer to the list from the previous page for examples. Note: You do NOT have to use an example from the previous page for this assignment or for your final research paper—they are ONLY suggestions. Also, the more specific the topic, the less difficult it may be to research (e.g., Anorexia Nervosa in Youth is more specific than Eating Disorders, though either would be acceptable).


--Thesis Statement (3 pts)—The thesis statement should be included somewhere within the introduction and should set the foundation for the rest of the paper--it should state the exact issue to be focused on within the paper. The thesis statement should also be congruent with the topic of your paper AND specifically highlight the significance of the topic. In other words, if you’re researching “Anorexia Nervosa in Youth”, your thesis statement should be focused on the same, and it should identify an issue or concern that makes the topic important (see example below). Also, please be sure to refrain from using first person format in your statement (i.e., do not use I, we, me, us).


Example non-acceptable and acceptable thesis statements:

· Statement that is too broad: "Starving oneself has consequences.”
· Statement that is too narrow: "The forcing of students at my college to engage in anorexic behaviors resulted in the firing of the college’s women’s volleyball coach.”
· Thesis statement that is acceptable: "Cases of anorexia nervosa in high school and college youth across America have increased in number and severity over the last ten years creating concern for parents, educators, and mental health professionals alike."

--Follow-Up Statement to Thesis (6 pts.)—While the thesis statement focuses on the specific topic of the paper, the follow-up statement to the thesis outlines (in a sentence or two) the core issues to be addressed throughout the paper. THIS IS NOT THE THESIS STATEMENT, but it is helpful because it provides a break-down of what will be addressed overall. Note: For this assignment, your statement should begin with the wording “This paper will address….” OR “This research will examine….” (or something very similar), and it should identify at least four (4) main subject areas/themes and two (2) specific areas of diversity (all of which will also be required for your final research paper). Main subject areas/themes for the topic, Anorexia Nervosa, for instance, might include: symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment options
. Specific areas of diversity may include any of the following (please choose only from the list provided): 
age/ageism, gender/gender identity, sex/sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, education, family status, mental or physical ability/disability, geographic location, and cultural beliefs and/or practices
. Be sure to refrain from using first person format in your statement (e.g., do not use I, we, me, us).

Example follow-up statement:


This paper introduces symptoms, diagnosis, prevalence rates, and treatment options for anorexia nervosa, and it addresses several diversity-related factors that tend to affect risk, including age and gender.


--References (3 pts ea/ 9 pts tot)—Present three (3) “credible” references constructed in proper APA format and listed in alphabetical order (references may be found via the internet but MUST NOT include generic sources such as WIKIPEDIA). See “Research-Related Materials” in Blackboard for more examples.

Examples (3 listed references alphabetized by last name and/or organization):  

References

Ciccarelli, S.K. & Meyer, G.E. (2006). Psychology. Prentice Hall. 

Mayo Clinic. (2018). Anorexia nervosa. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anorexia-nervosa/symptoms-causes/syc-20353591 

Williams, M., Thomsen S. R., & McCoy, K. (2003). Looking for an accurate mirror: A model for the 


relationship between media use and anorexia. Eating Behaviours. 4(2):127–134.







PSYC 101 Research Topic Outline Scoring Rubric



--Topic of Paper (psychologically related):   /2 pt


--Thesis Statement (presents a clear idea of the overall issue to be addressed with minimal grammatical errors):   /3 pts


--Follow-Up Statement to Thesis (identifies at least 
four
 major themes and 
two
 specific areas of diversity in a cohesive statement that contains minimal grammatical errors):   /6 pts

--References (at least 3 references presented and properly APA formatted—3 pts ea):  /9 pts



Total Score: _____/20 pts




Research Topic Outline Assignment Submission Page/s



Instructions: 

Fill in the missing information below.


· Place your Research Topic below: 


· Place your Thesis Statement below:


· Place your Follow-Up Statement/s below (be sure to include at least 4 subject areas/themes and 2 specific areas of diversity):



· Place your 3 References below (be sure to use proper APA format and order them alphabetically)
:

References
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