Topic Selection. This week you will select a topic you want to study and the area of psychological research that will be used to study this topic, for the Final Paper. For example, you may identify alcoholism as the topic and biopsychology as the research area. You should also indicate why this topic is of interest to you. You will ultimately review a research study in this area for your Final Paper so it is important to choose an area of interest.
The following list provides acceptable topic areas that should be applicable to research across these disciplines, but you may also propose another topic that interests you.
1. Drug Addiction
You will then choose one of the following research areas to study your topic:
2. Cognitive Psychology
3. Developmental Psychology
4. Social Psychology
5. Clinical Psychology
Submit your research topic and explain why you have decided to focus on this particular topic for your Final Paper. The paper should introduce the importance of the topic and your thesis should be clearly stated. Be sure to include a conclusion as well.
The paper should be one to two pages in length (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. You should cite at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed source that was published within the last five years that supports the importance of your topic selection. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar in your online course.
Establishing Reliability and Validity. You are a psychologist working for a consulting firm that specializes in survey development. Your firm has been contacted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) to develop a survey that will identify teenagers who are at-risk for driving while intoxicated. M.A.D.D. has provided a list of questions that its research suggests will help to identify risk factors contributing to this behavior. M.A.D.D. needs your firm to work with its members to establish reliability and validity of this survey so that they can begin using it to establish risk in young adults across the nation. In a two to three page paper (excluding title and reference pages), discuss the steps that you would take to establish reliability and validity of this survey. Be sure to describe the type(s) of reliability and validity that you are attempting to establish as part of your consulting project.
Your paper should include an introduction to these concepts, a clearly stated thesis for the development project, and a conclusion.
You must use two to three scholarly, peer-reviewed sources published within the last five years, from the Ashford University Library to support your discussion in this assignment. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar in your online course.