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(APA RESEARCH PAPER) Psychology in the media

You will be required to write a research paper in APA format, it should be double spaced, minimum 5 pages (Not counting the TITLE page and REFERENCE page). You don’t have to have an Abstract. SKIP the abstract and after the title page go to the body of your work and follow the steps outlined.

The purpose of the assignment is for you to gain a broader understanding of how psychology is applied to everyday situations. Therefore, you will need to be a kind of “mini-expert” on the topics about which you are writing.

STEP 1: Choose a psychological disorder (you can Google them or refer to Chapter 14 in your book titled “Psychological Disorders.”

STEP 2: Research the disorder and tell me what is it? What are the symptoms and characteristics of the disorder? What can be done to prevent the disorder? What are the treatment methods for the disorder?

STEP 3: ALL of the above MUST be in APA format. Purdue University OWL is my favorite site to copy formatting and learn about APA Style: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

Walden University also has Excellent guidelines on how to write in APA style

http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/apa

STEP 4: Choose a movie (Can be a documentary or a fiction), book, a biography of someone famous (must be someone known to the public (Angelina Jolie, Socrates, Hilary Clinton etc.). Writing about your uncle or niece will not suffice.

STEP 5: Your movie. Book, documentary character must have the disorder you will be writing about. In this section you will show if your character has the disorder and how is it displayed?

Write specific examples of how the disorder or the exceptional abilities are displayed according to various scenes. Show using specific scenes from the movie, book or documentary, how his/her behavior conforms to the disorder discussed? So I know you understand the subject you are writing about. DO NOT tell me the whole movie, ONLY talk about the relevant scenes where the disorder of the character is “Shown” and expressed in his/her behavior.

STEP 6: In few words tell me how your perception and understanding have changed about that particular disorder and how did that character influence YOU as a person? (Such as made you more open minded and understanding, or fueled your curiosity to study it more etc.).

How did your character influence or change social understanding and perception of the disorder presented?

STEP 7: All analyses must be typed in your own original writing. If you pass off others’ work as your own, it constitutes academic dishonesty and will result in disciplinary action.

GOOD LUCK! 🙂