Instructions This assignment is designed to get you critically thinking and writing about how psychological

Instructions
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.

The topics that were introduced include;
Personality
Psychological disorders
The brain
Behavior
Sensation and perception.
Please see rubric below

Psychology in the News Exceptional Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Meets Some Expectations Does Not Meet Expectations Not Done
Cover Page 5 points

Cover page is neat and tidy and includes all components required in APA style. 4 points

Cover page is neat and tidy and includes most components required in APA style. 3 points

Cover page is neat and tidy and includes some components required in APA style. 2 points

Cover includes a few components required in APA style. 1 point

Cover page is not in APA style. 0 points

Cover page is not included.
Media Objects 5 points

Five media objects identified and briefly summarized. Links or transcripts provided as appropriate.  4 points

Four media objects identified and briefly summarized. Links or transcripts provided as appropriate.  3 points

Three media objects identified and briefly summarized. Links or transcripts provided as appropriate.  2 points

Two media objects identified and briefly summarized. Links or transcripts provided as appropriate.  1 point

One media object identified and briefly summarized. Links or transcripts provided as appropriate.  0 points

Not Done
Article 25 points

One article summary from a peer-reviewed journal is included for each topic. 20 points

One article summary from a peer-reviewed journal is included for most topics. 15 points

One article summary is included for each topic. Article is not from a peer-reviewed journal or is not appropriate for the topic. 10 points

One article summary is not included for all topic. Article is not from a peer-reviewed journal or is not appropriate for the topic. 5 points

One article summary is not included for all topic. Article is not from a peer-reviewed journal or is not appropriate for the topic. 0 points

No article summaries are included.
Content 25 points

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.  20 points

Demonstrates good writing integrating course material and concepts with the selected media objects. Explanations include some examples from the course material and background research as well as connections to the selected media.  15 points

Demonstrates writing integrating course material and concepts with the selected media objects. Some explanations include examples from the course material and background research as well as connections to the selected media.  10 points

Some writing integrates course material and concepts with the selected media objects. Some explanations include examples from the course material and background research as well as vague connections to the selected media.  5 points

Writing does not demonstrate clear integration of course material and concepts with the selected media objects. Some explanations are vague or unsupported.  0 points

Descriptive paragraphs are not included
Writing Exceptional Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Meets Some Expectations Does Not Meet Expectations Not Done
All topics were discussed in clear detail 15 points

All topics were discussed in clear detail and assertions supported correctly 12 points

Most topics were discussed in clear detail and most assertions supported correctly 9 points

Some topics were discussed in clear detail and some assertions supported correctly 6 points

Few topics were discussed in clear detail and few assertions supported correctly 3 points

Topics were not discussed in clear detail and assertions are faulty, not done or not supported correctly. 0 points

Not Done
Ideas were interrelated coherently and logically 10 points

Ideas were interrelated coherently and logically 8 points

Most ideas were interrelated coherently and logically 6 points

Some ideas were interrelated coherently and logically 4 points

Ideas were stated logically, but were not integrated well. 2 points

A few ideas were stated logically, but were not integrated well or ideas were stated, but were not logcal or coherent. 0 points

Not Done
Paper grammatically sound (proper sentence structure) and free of mechanical errors (e.g., misspellings, typos, etc.) 10 points

Paper is well-written and grammatically sound 8 points

For the most part paper is well-written and has only minimal mistakes in grammar. 6 points

Paper is well-written, but has some grammatical mistakes. 4 points

Paper has several grammatical errors. 2 points

Paper is not well-written and contains several grammatical errors. 1 point

Not Done
Citations and references in proper APA style 5 points

All works are included in the reference section as appropriate. Citations and references in proper APA style 4 points

Most works are included in the reference section as appropriate. Citations and references in proper APA style 3 points

Some works are included in the reference section as appropriate. Citations and references in proper APA style 2 points

A few works are included in the reference section as appropriate. Citations and references are not in proper APA style 1 point

Several works are ommitted from the reference section or are not appropriately cited within the text. Citations and references are not in proper APA style 0 points

Not Done
Overall Score Level 6
100 or more Level 5
80 or more Level 4
60 or more Level 3
40 or more Level 2
20 or more Level 1
0 or more

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