This assignment is designed to get you critically thinking and writing about how psychological issues are presented in the popular media. Magazine, newspaper, radio and tv accounts of psychological phenomena often are presented more to attract an audience than to provide fully accurate information. To complete this assignment, you will need to select five recent (within the past six months) media items. These can be magazine articles, newspaper articles, advertisements, commercials, radio broadcasts, or television news stories. For audio or visual items describe the item as closely as possible (e.g., by transcribing the script of a radio ad) or include a link to the item. For each item, include a brief essay–one to two pages, double-spaced typing–on the connections between the media item and material from the course text or class. It’s essential to focus on the connections between the media item and psychological theories or research evidence. In addition, for each one of the items you are expected to find a relevant article from a psychology journal identified in the UMUC library databases (e.g., PsychInfo) and include information from the article in your brief essay. This assignment is worth 100 points toward your final grade.
Cover page is neat and tidy and includes all components required in APA style. Five media objects identified and briefly summarized. Links or transcripts provided as appropriate. One article summary from a peer-reviewed journal is included for each topic. Demonstrates exceptional writing seamlessly integrating course material and concepts with the selected media objects. Explanations include detailed examples from the course material and background research as well as established connections to the selected media. All topics were discussed in clear detail and assertions supported correctly. Ideas were interrelated coherently and logically. Paper is well-written and grammatically sound All works are included in the reference section as appropriate. Citations and references in proper APA style