Conduct a literature review (see Bem, 2016). You will review and summarize relevant theory and research in order to defend a particular position (your thesis). The topic of your literature review might come from the following list, or you may identify a different area of interest. However, if you choose something other than the options below, you must obtain permission from your instructor prior to writing/submitting the paper. It is up to the instructor’s discretion to allow/disallow alternative topics. Here are some ideas you might choose to explore:
· Accuracy of Proverbs
· Example: “Don’t judge a book by its cover” or “Beauty is a good letter of introduction”? In other words, what can one conclude based on appearance
· Example: “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” or “Out of sight, out of mind”? In other words, do long distances or extended amounts of time strengthen relationship ties, or weaken them?
· Example: “Birds of a feather flock together” or “Opposites attract”? In other words, are people attracted to similar or dissimilar others?
· Impact of Titles/Labels
· Example: How do team mascots (such as the Redskins or Braves) impact Native Americans (self-esteem, stereotype threat, etc.)?
· Example: How do labels (such as smart/stupid, crazy or criminal, etc.) impact people’s mental processes and
· Example: Does true altruism exist? What motivates people to help?
· Explanatory Style
· Example: Do optimists experience better life outcomes than pessimists?
· Persuasive Appeals
· Example: How do political campaigns utilize various techniques?
· Example: Is there a dark side? Can one be too confident?
· School Size
· Example: Do
students fare better in big schools or small schools? Why?
· Example: What is the theory behind “reverse psychology”?
· Gender Differences
· Example: in aggression, sex, etc.
· A Form of Prejudice
· Example: fat prejudice, racial prejudice, etc.
· Psychology and the Law
· Example: jury behavior, etc.
· Other: Must be approved by your instructor in advance!
· Must be at least 5 to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according toAPA styleas outlined in theAshford Writing Center.
· Must include a separatetitle pagewith the following:
· A header
· Title of paper
· Student’s name
· Course name and number
· Instructor’s name
· Date submitted
· Must begin with anintroductory paragraphthat has a succinctthesis statement.
· Must utilizeacademic
· Must address the topic withcritical thought.
· Must end with aconclusionthat reaffirms the thesis.
· Must use at least five peer-reviewed scholarly sources. Additional scholarly sources are encouraged.
· Be sure tointegrate your researchsmoothly rather than simply inserting it.
· In general,paraphrasematerial rather than using direct quotes.