general Psychology CAAP #1 Instructions
1. Select and answer two critical thinking prompts from below. Each
response should be two pages, so four pages total. If it is a little longer,
that is fine. Be sure to apply terms/concept(s) from the readings,
and/or the slide presentations. Use at least two direct quotes
with citations (APA or ASA style) per response to support your
points. You may also relate the topics to your personal lives, current
events, and/or slide presentations. Write one response, then the
next, then include your reference page. It is all one paper, but the
discussions are separate. No late work is accepted. You must upload
the entire paper as ONE attachment file under ASSIGNMENTS in
the online classroom. The attachment must be Microsoft Word,
Microsoft Works, PDF, or Word Pad (RTF) format. I cannot open
Mac files (Pages), so you will have to convert it. TurnItIn will
check for plagiarism, so DO NOT COPY FROM THE INTERNET OR
2. Papers must be typed. Use a standard 12 size font in either: Tahoma,
Times New Roman, Courier New, Calibri, or Arial. The paper must be
double spaced with one-inch margins.
3. Put your heading (name and such) in the header of the paper – you do
not need a cover page. Put page numbers at the footer of the paper.

Before each response, write the prompt number you are
4. Be sure to reference the author you directly quoted, even if it is from the
textbook or slides. You should have a page at the very end called
“References”. You only need one reference page. Wikipedia and are not academic sources – you do not need to use
them. The only sources you need for this assignment are your
class notes, slides, and/or textbook. Follow the American
Psychological Association (APA) or the American Sociological Association
(ASA) format for in-text citations and the reference page. You can do an
Internet search for “APA style guide” or “ASA style guide”. You only
need to use APA or ASA style for quotes, citations, and the
reference page.
5. When writing formally, avoid using contractions (can’t, don’t, won’t).
Use the full versions (can not, do not, will not). Do not use slang such as
“cool”. Spell out smaller numbers (twenty instead of 20). Do not end
sentences in prepositions (with, for, by, along, in, out).
6. Make sure you break your work up into paragraphs. Do not submit one
long paragraph for each response.
7. Note: some of the prompts are more straightforward then others.
Regardless of what prompts you select, you should apply and incorporate
course material (what you are learning) in your answers. You can always

ell more than what the prompt is asking for – again, the point of the
assignment is to apply what you are learning

1. Compare and contrast the major schools of thought (theoretical
perspectives) in psychology.
2. Compare and contrast two different research methods. For each
method, explain what you would choose to study if you could examine
anything about social media usage among 18-24 year olds, and why
that method is appropriate for what you are choosing to research.
3. You want to design a study to evaluate whether an anti-bullying
program causes a reduction in bullying behavior among middle school
students. Describe your study design in enough detail that another
researcher could replicate it, including stating your research
hypothesis, indicating your independent and dependent variables, and
explaining your rationale for the design. What are two potential
criticisms of your study?
4. Discuss the four lobes of the brain and give an example of behavioral
changes that may occur following damage to each lobe.
5. A scientist has invented a pill that can replace sleep. It is organic,
cheap, and the only side effect is the elimination of dreaming. People
taking it would recover approximately 25 years’ worth of time that
would otherwise be spent sleeping. Do you foresee any problems
resulting from releasing this pill?
6. Imagine you have a child with congenital insensitivity to pain. What
steps can you take to ensure their safety?
7. Compare and contrast classical and operant conditioning. Be sure to
explain all the parts of both, including reinforcements and
punishments. Use examples.
8. Describe in detail, using real life examples, observational learning.
9. Discuss the major problems in our thinking.
10. Compare the potential of someone who scores low on an intelligence
test to someone who scores high on an intelligence test.
11. Discuss the common problems and conditions associated with
12. Discuss some of the benefits and drawbacks of having hyperthymesia.

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