Central to the ability to interpret and apply theories of human personality is our ability to understand scholarly research. Lecci & Magnavita discuss six methods by which personality can be researched.
For this assignment, discuss the method that you find most useful based on what you know so far, and explain why. Find a study in a peer-reviewed journal article that uses this method to study personality and discuss:
- The research questions
- How the authors used the method
- The results of the study
- Your reflection on what the study contributed to the field
Submit a 1,050- to 1,400-word (or 3-4 page) paper (excluding the cover sheet and reference page). The paper should have a minimum of two references in addition to the textbook.
Content CriteriaTotal: 4
Content includes a statement of what the student believes to be the most useful method of conducting research in personality psychology
Content includes the rationale for the selection of this method
Content includes the hypothesis, use of methods, and results of a study using this method that is in a peer-reviewed journal.
Writing and Organization CriteriaTotal: 2
Writing style is clear and concise.
Tone is academic and appropriate for the content and assignment.
Thesis statement is clearly articulated.
Structure is logical, including an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Flow is maintained by effective transitions.
Rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling are followed.
Adherence to APA formatting requirements is evident.
Research CriteriaTotal: 1
Sources are credible (preferably peer-reviewed), varied, relevant, and current (published within past five years); use of seminal work (e.g. Freud) is encouraged.
Sources inform analysis, evaluation, problem-solving and decision-making.
Includes required number of professional/scholarly sources.
Addresses ethical considerations in research when appropriate.
Style CriteriaTotal: 1
The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).
The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment
The paper includes an APA style cover page.
The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.
The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition) guidelines.
The paper includes a References Page that is completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
Total Possible Points