Applied Social Psychology Paper
For this paper, you’ll examine social psychology in a practical context.
Specifically, you are to analyze EITHER:
1) a phenomenon related to COVID-19 OR
2) a phenomenon related to the election.
You’ll analyze this phenomenon using the principles in the NOBA book.
Please write a 4000 character paper. You are welcome to integrate evidence from the NOBA book or other sources if you’d like (although if you cite anything besides the lecture and the NOBA book, please include a “references” section).
The most important criterion is to make an explicit and effective link between the examples of the phenomenon you’re discussing and the psychological principles you’ve identified to explain them.
Must have all the following:
Accuracy (Is the psychological principle described correctly? Is the description of the real-life example free from factual errors? Does the paper show that the author understands the psychological principle being discussed?)
Completeness (Is the principle described in sufficient depth? Are obvious relevant applications of the principle to the real-life event discussed? Is there evidence for the assertions the author makes?)
Writing (Are there weaknesses in grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, and word choice? Is the paper well-organized? Is the writing clear?)
Originality (How creative is the paper? Are its ideas novel, or do they merely recap examples discussed in class or the textbook? Does the author involve any external resources, or otherwise contribute something unique? Is the paper interesting?)
Effectiveness (Is the psychological principle well-chosen, well-matched to the practical example? Is the link between the two explicit and well-argued? Does the principle in fact reveal something about the real-life example; does it inform our understanding of it?)