Psychology assingment


Essay Assignment OBJECTIVE To successfully complete this course, you must write an essay based on information found in your textbook Psychology and Your Life by Robert S. Feldman. The great thing about this assignment is there is NO outside research necessary!

Choose one of the topics and submit a well-written essay based on that topic. Your essay should be 750 to 1,000 words long. Remember: If you use the exact words of your textbook’s authors, you must use quotation marks and cite the information properly. To learn more about proper format- ting of citations for both in-text and a reference page, visit

Note: The only source you may use is your textbook. Any use of outside information will result in an automatic post of 1 percent.

Topics Conditioning Begin by reviewing Chapter 5 beginning on page 162. Chapter 5 discusses classical conditioning and the experiments of Ivan Pavlov, operant conditioning, and B. F. Skinner’s contributions to the field in particular with his discussion on rewards and punishment. Chapter 5 also discusses cognitive approaches to learning, which include latent learning and observational learning based on Bandura’s experiments.

Then, write your essay about one of the following topics:

1. Choose one of these conditioning/learning styles and discuss how it may be applied to child rearing. In essay format, create a plan to help get a young child to clean his/her room.

2. Conditioning still plays a role in punishment, and the text discusses the pros and cons of punishment and why reinforcement “beats” punishment. Explain the theory behind this phenomenon and give an example of it by how you used it when training an animal.

Memory Begin by reviewing Chapter 6 beginning on page 200. Chapter 6 discusses memory, how the brain processes information, and the process involved in forgetting information. In addition, the chapter discusses how we as humans think, reason, and solve problems and the role our brains play in developing language.

Then, write your essay about one of the following topics:

1. Discuss the process of memory. In particular, discuss the different types of memory and relate each one to a personal experience.

2. Discuss the different theories on language acquisition. As our country becomes more multicultural, how can these theories aid our children and/or you in learning a second and perhaps a third language?

Motivation and Emotion Begin by reviewing Chapter 7, which begins on page 243. Chapter 7 states that humans are born to be motivated to

satisfy our needs, discusses why some of us seek out more sensation and thrills more than others, explains why emotions and the need for power rule some of us, and ends with a discussion of the cultural differences on how we as humans express emotions.

Then, write your essay about one of the following topics:

1. According to Maslow, our motivation progresses up a pyramid. Discuss his theory and give your opinion on whether or not you agree with it. Give concrete examples (in relation to the hierarchy) to support your opinion.

2. The text discusses three models of emotions. Choose one of those models and describe what you do in the event of a crisis. Provide specific examples.

Process Your essay assignment must include 1. A cover sheet 2. The body of your paper (750–1,000 words) 3. A reference page, if needed

The Cover Sheet The first page of your paper will be the cover sheet. Provide the following information:

■ the title of your chosen topic ■ your name and student ID ■ current date (e.g., December 3, XXXX) ■ Essentials of Psychology

Developing the Body of Your Paper As stated earlier, you are to choose one of the assigned topics and create a thoughtful, well-written essay of 750 to 1,000 words based solely from the sources provided (i.e., your textbook). If you use the exact words of the textbook’s authors, you are required to use quotation marks and provide proper citations both in the text and on a properly formatted reference page. If you don’t know how to do this, please refer to to learn more about proper formatting of both in-text citations and a reference page.


Formatting Format your paper using a standard font, such as Times New Roman, 12 point, double-spaced. Set the margins at a standard 1inch on all sides. Since you’ve given your information on the cover sheet, no header is necessary. The standard style format for citations is American Psychological Association (APA). If you need help with this, refer to