Project #154185 - Psychology Research Paper

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Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/17/2016 03:00 pm


The Nature Vs. Nuture of Aggression

(Proposal Attached) 



Students will do a PsycInfo search to find at least three additional research studies (not including the one used in their proposals) that support and inform the exploration of their paper topic. Students will use this research to summarize and explore their paper topic. Research studies can be identified by having a “methods” and “results” section. They are typically found in peer-reviewed journals, and not in Psychology Today or other pop culture magazine.

Students will summarize the key features of this topic or area (e.g., major concepts, theories, applications) and identify/ describe at least four recently published (2000 or later) research studies discussing the topic or area of specialization. Students may also use the textbook, but it does not count as one of the journal article sources.

The research paper is a literature review, in that students thoroughly review the literature (at least four research studies) and integrate it into a cohesive paper that defines, summarizes, and explores the topic.  Students should make sure to thoroughly introduce the topic, even if it has already been discussed it in class. Literature reviews do not include first person references: they analyze the literature and cohesively synthesize the resources.  E.g., students do not talk about personal experiences or beliefs, but instead, objectively integrate the research. There is no thesis or hypothesis, rather, students let the research inform the reader. 

Academic writing in psychology includes many citations of other’s research, which includes paraphrasing and rarely using quotations, if ever. In academic psychology writing, it is considered lazy to use quotations. It is the student’s responsibility to translate (paraphrase) the research, rather than have the reader do it. This paper should have no more than two quotations.   

Students must cite and reference every time they add in any information derived from a resource, or it is plagiarism. Common sense is not cited, but anything pulled from a source is. Citing is considered very good/ ideal. The goal isn’t to prove your opinion, but to create a bouquet of resources that speak to your topic.

The paper should be at least 5 pages in length (not including title and reference pages). It should include APA-style: title page (with your ID number and not name), running head on each page, page numbers, headings, citations, font, formatting and reference page. APA formatting and font must be Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins (for top, bottom, left and right). Remember that every paragraph must have at least three sentences to be considered a paragraph. Please proofread several times prior to submitting.

Students should consult with the scoring rubric on myLMU Connect. Papers are submitted on myLMU Connect, using Microsoft Word, with a copy of each of the articles used.


Paper Format and Headings:

1. Summary and Description of the Topic (7 pts):

Students summarize and describe the topic selected, drawing from at least two of their resources (the textbook may serve as one of the resources). This is essentially where students lay the foundation for their topic. Students will explain the topic as if speaking to a reader who knows nothing of the topic. Students do not describe an outline for the paper, but focus on creating an overview/ introduction to the topic.

It is expected that students will build this section from their original research paper proposal, integrating the feedback received and modifying this section to be congruent with the research found in the additional articles. It might be more clear to work on this section after working on the other two sections.

Heading to use for this section: Introduction  


  1. Summary of Research Articles (15 points):

Students describe what each article they have selected is investigating (what is the research question and hypothesis), how the research was performed (survey, interviews, materials, number of participants, location, etc.) and describe the findings of the study. If the article is complex, students only need to focus on the components directly relevant to their paper topic.  You are welcome to use more than the required four journal articles, in fact, that is highly encouraged, and if done well, will likely garner you additional points. If you have relevant, academic resources that are not journal articles with methods sections, etc., first describe your journal articles and then add in additional resources. You can use these additional resources in the next section as well.

Heading to use: Summary of Research Articles.


3. Synthesis of Current Research (15 points): While section 2 summarized each article separately, students will now synthesize the content of the articles into a cohesive summary of the current research on the topic. Some research may even contradict each other. That is not only okay, but actually ideal to be able to present conflicting research on the same topic. Students may want to discuss how the topic that is being studied has evolved over time. This section is where you actually answer your research question (if you are using one).

Heading to use: Findings


4. Writing Format (18 pts): This includes organization, clarity, spelling, grammar, and APA-style formatting, such as the title and reference pages. 


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