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So far in this course, you have studied the foundations of key figures and systems in the field of psychology. The skills and knowledge required in this assignment will help prepare you for success on the final exam, as well as the final essay assignment. Choose one of the following three prompts and write a 750 to 1000-word essay examining these psychological theories.
Choose one of the following prompts to examine in your essay:
1. Pavlov’s classical conditioning theory examined associating two stimuli to produce the desired outcome. In your essay, define Pavlov’s classical conditioning theory and provide two real-life examples of its application – for example, in the training of pets or establishing helpful routines for young children. What is beneficial about applying this theory? What could be dangerous about real-life applications of classical conditioning?
2. Carl Stumpf, Oswald Kulpe, and Wilhelm Wundt all explored the idea that each individual perceives and processes the world differently. In your essay, define phenomenology and introspection, provide two real-life examples of their application (such as differing preferences in food or weather), and discuss how they have shaped the modern view of the self. What is beneficial about applying this theory? What are the risks involved in applying this theory to real life?
Ivan Pavlov and Classical Conditioning: Theory, Experiments & Contributions to Psychology
Carl Stumpf & Psychology: Phenomenology & Contributions
Oswald Külpe: Theories & Research in Psychology
Wilhelm Wundt’s Explanation of Introspection
Formatting & Sources
Please write your paper in the APA Manual of Style format. You may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use 2 sources and cite them using APA format. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any Study.com lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and instructor’s name).
Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.
Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as The American Journal of Psychology. You may use sources like JSTOR or Google Scholar to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)
If you’re unsure about how to use APA format to cite your sources, please see the following lessons:
What is APA Format? Style & Definition
How To Format APA Citations
Your essay will be graded based on the following rubric:
Category Unacceptable (0-1) Needs Improvement (2-3) Good (4) Excellent (5) Total Possible Points
Structure (x1) Structure is illogical or significantly hinders understanding Arguments are difficult to identify; ideas are disjointed Arguments are clearly identifiable and related, but transitions and connections are lacking Arguments are thoughtful and flow logically; transitions and connections guide the reader 5
Thesis (x1.5) Thesis is missing Thesis lacks clarity or is not well-developed Thesis adequately states the student’s argument Thesis clearly & logically states the student’s argument 7.5
Analysis (x3) No real-life examples are used to support arguments; analysis is missing or incorrect One real-life example is given to support main points; analysis is shallow Two real-life examples are given to support most points, but not all; analysis is present but not original All main points are supported with real-life examples and textual evidence; analysis is creative and insightful 15
Mechanics (x.5) Incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, citations, and use of standard English grammar hinder understanding Several errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, citations, and usage of standard English grammar Few (2-3) errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, citations, and usage of standard English grammar No or very few instances (0-1) of incorrect spelling, punctuation, capitalization, citations, and usage of standard English grammar 2.5
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