Psychology is a scientific and evidence-based field. Many of the research questions in psychology focus on understanding, explaining, and predicting behavior. Psychologists apply the scientific method to learn about behavior. It is important to be able to distinguish between information gained from scientific versus non-scientific methods. For this assignment, you will create an informative essay presentation about scientific research in psychology. When describing this information, suppose you are presenting to an audience of undergraduate psychology students who have not completed a course in research methods. Discuss the goals of psychology. Explain how research contributes to the aims of psychology. Discuss the characteristics of scientific explanations. Distinguish between the scientific method, the method of authority, and the rational method. Explain the role of theory in relation to understanding and researching behavior. The Assignment should: Utilize a minimum of three peer-reviewed sources outside of your textbook to support your presentation. Follow Assignment directions (review grading rubric for best results). Use correct APA formatting per the current APA Publication Manual. Cite your research after the bullet point(s) that have the quoted, paraphrased, or summarized text. Unit 2 Assignment Rubric % – Points Points Earned Student clearly summarizes the goals of psychology. 0-10 Student clearly explains how research contributes to the aims of psychology. 0-10 Student provides a detailed description of the characteristics of scientific explanations. 0-10 Student clearly distinguishes between the scientific method, the method of authority, and the rationale method. 0-10 Student clearly explains the role of theory in relation to understanding and researching behavior. 0-10 Student cites a minimum of the textbook and three peer-reviewed journal articles. 0-6 Writing Mechanics: Cite your research that have been quoted, paraphrased, or summarized in the text. Use Times New Roman 12 and APA style 0-7 Total 0-70 An explanation of the points earned, as well as where the Assignment could be strengthened, will be included with your grade.
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