Review and summarize relevant theory and research in order to defend a particular position (your thesis). The topic of your literature review might come from the following list, or you may identify a different area of interest. However, if you choose something other than the options below, you must

Review and summarize relevant theory and research in order to defend a particular position (your thesis).  The topic of your literature review might come from the following list, or you may identify a different area of interest.  However, if you choose something other than the options below, you must obtain permission from your instructor prior to writing/submitting the paper.  It is up to the instructor’s discretion to allow/disallow alternative topics.  Here are some ideas you might choose to explore:

· Accuracy of Proverbs

o Example:  “Don’t judge a book by its cover” or “Beauty is a good letter of introduction”?  In other words, what can one conclude based on appearance alone?

o Example:  “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” or “Out of sight, out of mind”?  In other words, do long distances or extended amounts of time strengthen relationship ties, or weaken them?

o Example:  “Birds of a feather flock together” or “Opposites attract”?  In other words, are people attracted to similar or dissimilar others?

· Impact of Titles/Labels

o Example:  How do team mascots (such as the Redskins or Braves) impact Native Americans (self-esteem, stereotype threat, etc.)?

o Example:  How do labels (such as smart/stupid, crazy or criminal, etc.) impact people’s mental processes and behaviors?

· Altruism

o Example:  Does true altruism exist?  What motivates people to help?

· Explanatory Style

o Example:  Do optimists experience better life outcomes than pessimists?

· Persuasive Appeals

o Example:  How do political campaigns utilize various techniques?

· Self-esteem

o  Example:  Is there a dark side? Can one be too confident?

· School Size

o Example:  Do students fare better in big schools or small schools?  Why?

· Reactance

o Example:  What is the theory behind “reverse psychology”?

· Gender Differences

o Example:  in aggression, sex, etc.

· A Form of Prejudice

o Example:  fat prejudice, racial prejudice, etc.

· Psychology and the Law

o Example:  jury behavior, etc.

The Final Paper

· Must be at least 5 to 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA.

· Must include a separate PAGE with the following:

o A header

o Title of paper

o Student’s name

o Course name and number

o Instructor’s name

o Date submitted

· Must use at least five peer-reviewed scholarly sources.  Additional scholarly sources are encouraged.

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