Week 3 Around the Web with Cognitive Psychology
100 Possible Points
This assignment is intended to enhance your ability to make connections between the course readings and “real-life” situations and the everyday occurrence of cognitive processes as depicted in popular media and professional research sources. This is your opportunity to express your thoughts succinctly and coherently. Popular media does not include any Wiki site or sites that could be construed as potential “cheat” sites (e.g., Course Hero, Alleydog, etc…). If in doubt about the quality of the source you’re considering, please consult your instructor. Be creative, but ensure that the reader is to able to discern that you can critique the article/media source in a scholarly way as related to course material. This is a great launching point as you begin brainstorming for the Week 7 Creative Project.
For this assignment, you are tasked with identifying a research article or that focuses on a topic related to cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, of a specific process or function of these area have addressed in the first three weeks of the course. The APUS library is always an excellent and recommend source for research. You may also choose from the sources listed below:
- National Institute of Health – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3192380/
- SimplyPsychology.org – https://www.simplypsychology.org/cognitive.html
- American Psychological Association – https://www.apa.org/action/science/brain-science
- Science Daily – https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/cognitive_psychology.htm
If you wish to go beyond the above choices or anything found in our APUS library, please contact your instructor in advance for approval. Approval will not be granted for Wiki, Alleydog, CourseHero, etc…
Upon identifying your select media option, you will draft a 5 to 6-page reflection paper, summarizing the media sources’ topic, and its relevance to our understanding of cognition and learning. Any topic discussed in our readings is fair game, but needs to be clearly depicted in the source you chose.
In your submission, please be sure to clearly address the following topics:
- Briefly describe the article/media source you selected (e.g. its plot, characters, themes, etc.).
- This description does not need to be lengthy (the entire plot or process explained does not need to be explained; hit the high points).
- Rather, the summary should be sufficient to demonstrate that you reviewed the article/media source and can convey the most relevant aspects as they relate to cognitive psychology.
- Describe the cognitive psychology concept.
- What does it mean in relation to your article/media source?
- How you see it displayed in the article/media source you chose?
- What new information have you learned about cognitive psychology and how it is portrayed in the public eye?
- Does the information portrayed in the article have broader implications for the field of cognitive psychology as it is presented?
- Why or why not, and what might the effects be with changes or remaining the same?
- Close your work with a brief, but succinct summary of the major take away points from your exploration around the web with cognitive psychology.
Include a minimum 5 to 6 pages, not including the required APA formatted required title and reference pages; submit APA style in-text citations throughout the work as well.
The basic parts of a paper should also be included; these are the opening, introduction section, with a precise thesis statement, the body of the paper with clear, discernable headings where appropriate, and a conclusion that restates the thesis and summarizes the major points of the entire paper.
The APUS Library provides APA formatting resources at Writing@APUS. You may also see Purdue’s OWL for general APA formatting information and for formatting help on many topics.