Behavioral Science

19/SP – Behavioral Sciences

Signature assignment:

The Core Curriculum requires that the courses within it support students’ skill enhancement in the Core Objectives. Objectives assigned to this course include: Critical thinking; Communication; Empirical and Quantitative Skills; and Social Responsibility.

The signature assignment in this course is an assigned research paper designed to provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate each of these core objective skills in one project. You will communicate your skill level in the interpretation and use of data and report its impact on your personal conclusions about a topic within the field of study. This paper will require thinking critically about theory in the context of the data as you discover and answer questions such as this one.

  • Does the theory still appear to be a valid explanation of the phenomenon?
  • Does the data make an alternate explanation more likely?
  • Finally, the paper will give you an opportunity to express the impact of conclusions drawn within this paper on your perception of your own social responsibility. Specifically, you should consider the impact of your choices on the rest of society and the proper placement of group boundaries around and influence upon your choices.

You will demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively by writing a college-level paper addressing each of these objectives and including proper citations within the body of the work and at the end of the work. Citations should be in proper APA (American Psychological Association) style format. If you are unclear as to what that means use his link for assistance: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. May I also suggest you consult your textbook. It talks about APA style in section I-13. It includes a helpful link.

The paper should have the following basic outline:

Introduction to the theory and statement of the problem.

In this section of the paper, you will explain the problem identified and identify a theory that purports to explain the causes and/or effects of the problem. This section should contain reference citations as needed to authors whose theories or statements of the problem have informed your understanding.

Current Trends in the Data

In this section of the paper, you must gather a minimum of three current (no more than 10 years old) empirical sources of information that inform your understanding of the link between the theory and problem discussed above.

Thinking Critically

In this section of the data, reexamine your theory in light of the newly acquired data. Is it still a rational explanation or does it lack ability to explain some aspect of the problem. Are there alternative explanations or alterations in the theory that would better fit the data?

Social Responsibility

In this final section of the paper, relate the theory and the data to individual responsibility within our society. Is this just a personal choice or does it have consequences for the society at large? What interest does society have and what boundary should there be on its influence? Support your argument rationally with what you have learned.


A complete listing of referenced cited within the paper must be included in APA format at the end of the paper.

Length: Five page Minimum, not including the cover page or the citations page. That means five pages in the body of the report. Standard 12 point fonts – 1″ margins Double spaced.

The paper requires you to specify a problem to study, identify a theoretical explanation of that problem, collect data on the current state of the problem, and critically assess the theory in light of the data.

Choose one of the classic experiments in Psychology below and write a paper critically assessing what we learned from it. You might choose to summarize the experiment, analyze the ethics of the research, or evaluate the implications of the study and then revisit its relevance today with an attempt to find evidence of this clinical observation in real world data or new but similar experiments. Possible experiments that you might consider include:

You complete the paper, save it your your computer, then attach it to this assignment where it says ” Submit Assignment” Save it as either a Word Document or a PDF file.

Due Date: Wednesday, May 1st before midnight.

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