The Written Report Should Address The Biological Study Of A

The written report should address the biological study of a specific behavioral or mental
phenomenon (normal or pathological) covered in your readings. You should select a behavioral or
mental phenomenon (e.g., language, schizophrenia) and then select a biological strategy
(e.g., hormones, neurotransmitters, physiology, imaging). As an example, the theme of your
report might be imaging approaches to the study of schizophrenia. Your paper should summarize
fundamental issues, questions, and controversies and provide a general overview of the topic. It
should also elaborate on your understanding of the brain processes that are revealed through
imaging research in schizophrenia. To accomplish this, you will have to use research articles to
illustrate relevant points. You may use any of a number of resources to find research articles that
deal with your topic, including the library and the Internet.
This paper is not a "commentary" or "editorial" style paper, but rather a formal research paper using
scientific references as the basis for your topic. Personal experience, while sometimes relevant,
should not be included for this assignment unless these experiences are linked to course concepts
and the brain. Also, you should avoid using personal pronouns such as "I" or "myself" in this type of
paper. The requirement for the research articles that you select is that they must have appeared in a
peer-reviewed (i.e., refereed) scientific journal. (Please contact your instructor to confirm whether a
particular journal is peer-reviewed.) You must use two peer-reviewed scientific articles and they
must be recent, i.e., have appeared in the literature no earlier than 2006. You might use the
online databases from MEDLINE and PSYCH ABSTRACTS as a source of full-text articles from
refereed journals. Newspaper or magazine articles should not be used as your major reference, but
can be useful if they lead you to the appropriate research article. You should avoid simply repeating
the articles in summary form; rather, use them within the text of your paper to illustrate important
points. To ensure that you are on the right track, you should discuss with your instructor the topic
and the research articles that you have chosen.
Your paper is to be 7 to 10 pages, or about 1,600 words in length. It must be typed, double-spaced,
with one-inch margins, and fully referenced in APA format (see http://www.apa.org). Check the
course schedule for your due date. Your instructor will determine a late paper policy.
The text of your paper should be preceded by an abstract (about 100 words) that summarizes the
key points in the paper (i.e., statement of problem, major findings, conclusion). All abstracts will be
posted in a conference for all students to review. You should respond to these abstracts to stimulate
discussion. Your responses will be evaluated and will constitute part of your grade for online
conference participation.
The paper will be graded on (1) content and understanding, and (2) how effectively you have
communicated your ideas in writing. You will receive a separate grade for each of these elements,
weighted equally. Content and understanding are evaluated on the basis of whether the paper (a)
identified important issues, questions, and controversies; (b) used recent and relevant research
literature to illustrate the issues; and (c) demonstrated an understanding of brain processes and how
brain research revealed an understanding of the behavior in question. Effective communication is
evaluated on the basis of (a) organization and structure that help communicate the ideas (e.g.,
headings throughout the text), (b) use of your own language and style (no cutting and pasting), (c)
connecting ideas in the text with research papers, and (d) correct usage of APA format in the text
and references.
Your paper is to be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc file) and formatted in APA style (please
consult the APA Style Manual, sixth edition, for proper format). Papers not in .doc file format or APA
style will not be accepted for a grade; in this case, a grade of "zero" will be assigned for the paper. It
is highly advised that you take care to use proper APA style. If you have technical issues related to
Word, please notify the instructor immediately so that an appropriate solution can be found.
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