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History and Systems of Psychology

Both Plato and Aristotle believed that there is a world of true knowledge, the ultimate reality of the world that has been created perfectly by God (or the equivalent concept of God). What did each of the two philosophers propose as the route or method to obtaining that true knowledge? Because of their particular theory about th

Diagnosis Battery

Select a person from a public figure or a fictional character from a book, a movie, or a TV show to complete this diagnostic battery: -Introduction of the person or the character you are diagnosing -Background of the person and presenting information -Data collection methods (testing, interviews, observation, etc.) -Five-

Testing Prior to Hiring Process

Recent hiring trends in business include giving personality and interest tests prior to hiring. The stated purpose of administering these tests is to eliminate subjectivity from the hiring process and place all candidates on equal footing. How successful has this process of giving personality and interest tests been in reducing

The Importance of Interpersonal Communication

It has been said that our survival as social beings depends in large on our interpersonal communication skills. It is easy to under-emphasize the importance of everyday communication. Whereas public speakers often deal with issues of national importance and members of decision-making groups often design important new products, m

Critical Thinking and Social Justice

1. Give a summary of the benefits, challenges, and implications of applying critical thinking skills to social justice issues in general. 2. Include at least one example of an individual other than Mandela who is using or has used critical thinking skills to further social justice.

Moral and Legal Reasoning

Give a brief description of the relationship among and between critical thinking, moral reasoning, legal reasoning, and aesthetic valuing. Then describe the effects of moral or legal reasoning on a specific decision one can made.

Article Analysis: Rhetorical Definitions

Give the APA reference for the article followed by a brief overview of the issue and of the author's position on the issue. Then offer an analysis of the rhetorical definitions in the article and explain if these terms assisted or inhibited the understanding of the author's position and suggest how the author might have crafted

Vagueness in Arguments

Give an explanation of the impact of vagueness in arguments. Then explain when and why a communicator would want to be vague in an argument.

Five-Axis Diagnosis of " Jeff "

Complete a five-axis diagnosis for Jeff and Provide specific supporting information for each axis. Discuss the relevant psychosocial and cultural aspects that might support or challenge the diagnosis. Case study: Jeff, age 21, was brought to a hospital emergency room by his roommate. Jeff is uncommunicative and sits in a

Deconstructing personal constructs

From what I understand, personal constructs are the characteristics that we habitually notice in others. They are the specific descriptors we use to answer the question "What is he or she like?" For example, I look at a teenager and consider him uncouth, arrogant and thoughtless. All of these are constructs that I have created o

Obedience to Authority: Milgram Experiment

One of the most significant social psychological studies was conducted on the heels of the Holocaust and the atrocities committed during that period in history. Social psychologists questioned how individuals could blindly follow an authority figure's demands to inflict harm. Discuss Milgram's research on obedience to authority

Words and Feelings: The Sapir-Whord Hypothesis

According to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, we think through language. The words we use to talk about the world reinforce our attitudes and, occasionally, our prejudices. Changing our language to eliminate offensive language, many argue, may change our attitudes as well. At the very least, becoming aware of the biases in language p

How to be an Effective Communicator

Consider the following: "To be considered effective today, a communicator needs the ability to be able to gain a keen understanding of the experiences and thinking patterns of the individual or individuals that they are trying to communicate with. In addition, the communicator must have a firm grasp on word usage and a very larg

Article Analysis: Focus on Missing Information

Give the APA reference for the article, followed by a brief overview of the issue and the author's position on the issue. Then offer your analysis of the article regarding missing information and suggest information to support the argument. Include some information resources that would assist this author in his/her decision-maki

Motivation for Communicating

1). What is the motivation for studying communication? 2). What benefits does an understanding of communication give you in your personal or professional life? 3). Which of the definitions below in Table 2.1 comes closest to your own personal definition of communication? 4). Explain why you chose this particular defin

Case Study: Mr. A

Complete a five-axis diagnosis for Mr. A.and provide specific supporting information for each axis. Explain family and social issues that should be addressed and why, and briefly describe any additional information that might be significant to the diagnosis and assessment of this individual. Briefly describe any difficulties

Article Analysis: Focus on Cause and Causation

Find an article that assumes correlation equals causation and give the APA reference for the article, followed by a brief overview of the issue and of the author's position on the issue. Then explain to what extent the author is incorrect and correct regarding correlation equals causation, what kind of cause it is, the alternati

Nature and Possible Limitations of Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

Chose a topic and give a brief inductive argument on a topic, followed by a brief deductive argument on the same topic. Then explain whether one type of argument was easier to develop than the other and why. Explain what this experience tells you about the nature and possible limitations of inductive and deductive reasoning

Changing Behavior

Ultimately, the knowledge you gain from studies in social cognition can help you better understand how to change behavior. Fishbein and Ajzen's (2009) theory of reasoned action and theory of planned behavior are seminal models for behavioral change. These models have evolved as a result of decades of research on how various soci

Op-Ed: Focus on Evidence

Give the APA reference for the op-ed piece, followed by a brief overview of the issue and of the author's position on the issue. Then offer your evaluation of the Op-Ed piece for the strengths and weaknesses of its evidence. Justify your evaluation, and provide an example of evidence that could strengthen the communicator's argu

Evidence in Academics

Give a description of your experience with and your perceptions of the relative merits and disadvantages of each of the following types of information as evidence for academic arguments: primary research sources, secondary research sources, oral history (cultural note), and blogs.

Qualitative and Quantitive Methodological Approaches

Discuss the two methodological approaches, qualitative and quantitative. What do you see as the main differences between these two approaches? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach? How might you identify whether a journal article is qualitative or quantitative?

Prejudice and stereotypes in the media

Give a brief interpretation of the events in the media. Describe any prejudiced behavior you observed: Explain two ways the emotions of the people in the media may have impacted their prejudiced behavior and why. Explain how stereotypes may or may not have influenced the prejudiced behavior you observed. Please give s

Impact of Mood on Decision Making

Please provide an explanation of three possible reasons why the person in the media made his or her decision. Be specific. Explain two ways mood/emotion may have impacted this person's decision. Describe one life or death situation and explain how mood/emotion could impact decision making in this situation. Support

Logical Fallacies in an Article

Find an article and give a brief overview of the issue and of the author's position on the issue. Then, identify any logical fallacies evidenced in the article and explain to what degree, if any, the fallacies might succeed in persuading an audience or in encouraging skepticism.

Logical Fallacies - Lazy or Lack of Critical Thinking Skills?

Give an explanation of whether you believe that people employ logical fallacies due to laziness or lack of critical thinking skills. Then state other reasons, besides imprecise reasoning, that might lead someone to resort to basing arguments and conclusions on logical fallacies.

Religious Influence and Value Assumptions on Stem Cell Research

Explain how ones religious affiliation may influence his or her value assumptions. Do any of these facts tell how ones value assumptions may have been forged? What do they indicate? How do they affect his/her position on the issue on stem cell research? What kinds of generalizations can you make about the extent to which certain

Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Perspectives

Cara is a 14-year-old girl from Austin, Texas, who regularly smokes tobacco, drinks alcohol, and smokes marijuana with her friends. Cara was recently arrested for breaking and entering, and, as part of her sentence, participated in a case study on teenage substance abuse and deviant behavior, which has grown exponentially over t