Research Paper “Emotion and Behavior” Please follow these instructions carefully when writing your research paper. Choose a main topic covered in the textbook to write about. Please write different information than what I can read in your textbook. I will need to approve of your topic before you start writing. You will write the first page (only) as an autobiographical or biographical statement of why you are specifically interested in your topic. For example, let’s say your father is an alcoholic and you chose alcohol as your research topic, so the first page will be about your struggles with your father’s alcoholism. The next 3 pages must be a synopsis of the research experiments you read. You cannot use interviews or stories of individuals as evidence of empirical research. Also, if you write a conclusion that only repeats what you have already written or is your opinion, this does not count towards the required four pages of research. The 5th page will be your reference page (bibliography). This means that you do not include title of article or title of journal or full name of author(s) in your paper as this will all be on the reference page. In other words, do not write this: According to “ Alcoholism Treatment in the United States An Overview” by Richard K. Fuller, M.D.(2014) in the journal Alcoholism, blah, blah, blah. Your paper will be at least 4 complete, typed, double-spaced pages with 1.0” margins (left indented only, not block formatted) in Times New Roman font, 12-point size. Do not skip extra spaces between paragraphs (Microsoft Word now skips 2.5 spaces between paragraphs so you must change this in “format” – click “do not add space to paragraphs of the same style”). Do not skip extra spaces between paragraphs (Microsoft Word now skips 2.5 spaces between paragraphs so you must change this in formatting by selecting “Do not skip spaces between paragraphs”). The paper can be longer than 4 pages of research. If you choose not to include a cover sheet, that is fine. On the first page nothing should be there except the paper title – no date, no class name, not my name, not your name, no page numbers, no headers or footers. This is a paper about the latest research on your topic, so you must write it in essay format, without bullet points, lists, or subsection titles. You will not write an abstract. Do not include a header/footer or page numbers. You need a minimum of 3 references for this paper, which may only include journal articles and approved websites. Do not use any type of book as a reference, including your textbook. Your references should be no older than 2006. If you use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), then it must be the 5th edition only. You are not allowed to use websites for the paper until I approve the site beforehand. A few exceptions to this include: psychologicalscience.org, apa.org, NIMH.gov, NIDA.gov, and any website I directed you to in the online classroom. You can’t use any “.com” because there is no one to govern the truth of many of these sites. This means you can’t even use wikipedia.com or any other “wiki” site! You must include a 5th page that will be a list of all of your reference (a bibliography) websites and journal articles. IMPORTANT: When you are using someone else’s work to write your paper, you must give them credit. You must cite your references in every paragraph of the research report section of your paper; this should be done in either APA format (see www.apastyle.org (Links to an external site.) and the way your textbook is written) or in MLA format. APA format means you include the author’s last name and the year of publication ONLY of the article inside parentheses when you are referencing work they presented. The following is an example of a sentence from a paper on depression: Many times depression is linked to anxiety (Myers, 2007). Here is what a website would look like as a cited source: (www.apa.org). The full http address will be in the reference page. The important thing to remember here is NOT TO PLAGIARIZE the information. CITE your references in EVERY paragraph, and USE YOUR OWN WORDS! Please do not copy word for word from your sources unless you put those words in quotation marks. You may not use quotes longer than one sentence, and you may not have more than 4 sentence quotes in the paper. You must summarize what you have read using plain English. Do not write scientific jargon (such as lists of prescription drugs or the ingredients of drugs) that is not understandable without a medical degree. If you do not use all of your own words, and do not properly cite your sources, this is plagiarizing and grounds for cheating. I will either give your paper back to you to re-do OR I will simply give you a zero. You will be required to upload your paper to an online program called Veracite to check for plagiarism. If your final paper comes back more than 20% highlighted as plagiarized, then I will not accept it.
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