General Psychology – UC Berkeley – Fall 2016
Uploads Due on Bcourses Before the Start of Assigned Sections Starting the Week of November 14th
This assignment is intended to have you compare and contrast the writing style and potential uses of a popular press article versus a peer-reviewed primary research article that discusses a psychological phenomenon, written within the last 10 years. The articles need to address the same area of interest (for example, depression and gender, love and crying, teenage norms and ostracism etc.), but do not have to necessarily be about the same exact experiment. For hints on appropriate psychological phenomena, reference the textbook and lecture notes.
Psychology Today (Avoid Blogs if You Access Online) Time (Time Magazine) Newsweek (Note: Difficult to Find)
Journal of Mind and Behavior NOTE: Current four years not online!
I would suggest finding an article of interest in the popular press section first, and then searching for a related article in one of the approved peer reviewed primary research journals. If overwhelmed or lost, the staff in the Doe Library or the Social Research Library will be able to direct you to the printed journals or alternatively be able to help you in your computer searches for the articles pertaining to your topic of interest. HOWEVER, you should not harass the staff, demand that they conduct the search for you. You should also not wait until the last second and then push for them to help immediately—remember, there are 1 to 4 of them working at a time, and hundreds of you that are writing this paper. With that being said, I cannot stress enough how beneficial it is to use the resources that the library has made available to you.
For this paper you must:
Notes for both articles:
Notes for the popular press articles:
Notes for the peer-reviewed articles:
ANY article that has one of the issues listed above will cost you 6 points. In other words, if you intentionally or unintentionally select and article that does not come from a correct source, is a blurb or blog, or doesn’t meet the page requirements, you will lose 6 points per article.
The written portion of the assignments (not the reference page and attachments) should be a maximum of four, typed, double-spaced, pages in length—do not mess with font size and margins to make your paper longer or shorter. You will not lose points for having a paper that is shorter than four pages, but if you are fulfilling all of the requirements, your paper will be at least two and a half full pages.
Make sure that your paper is written as an expository essay. It needs to be coherent, with smooth transitions between topics, and it must be in essay form. You should not have different sections in your paper. There should also be no bullet points or other forms of separation in the paper.
Please write several drafts, spell check, proofread, and revise your work before handing in your assignment. You will not receive full credit if your assignment contains multiple grammatical, spelling, or stylistic mistakes. The University offers resources to help refine your writing. Your GSI will not be able to proofread drafts.
Papers must be uploaded in doc, docx, or pdf form into the appropriate submission page on the bcourses site before the START of your assigned section that the paper is due. Anything submitted after the start of that section—even 1 minute late—will receive 75% of the points earned for the paper. Work submitted over 1 week after the due date will not be accepted and will receive no credit. No make-up work or re-writes will be offered or accepted.
A Caution About Plagiarism and Cheating:
Use your own words! Plagiarism and cheating in this assignment are not tolerated. Anyone caught submitting work that is in some way not their own will receive a 0 on the paper and an entire grade reduction on their final grade. Plagiarism can exist in many forms. Examples of plagiarism include:
If you have a question or concern about this, please contact the professor immediately. DON’T leave room for uncertainty.