Your task is to CLEARLY AND IN YOUR OWN WORDS (do NOT use quoted material or wording from other sources or the text) explain a psychological term from Chapters 1-4 in the TEXTBOOK. Then, use a real-world example to illustrate this term.

Note: The language of this assignment should be in a “discussion” format – like you are having a conversation with a friend. Avoid jargon and complex language.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: There is no set length for this assignment. However, to explain the term, provide an example to illustrate that concept, you should expect to have a MINIMUM of two paragraphs, about a page, single-spaced
Single-spaced is fine for this assignment
Use of personal pronouns is okay for this assignment
Terms/concepts can be anything. For example, you could explain the function of a brain area–then use an example of how this area was impacted in a grandparent after a stroke. OR, you could use an example of an optical illusion you experienced–any term is fair game IF you can explain it in your own terms AND give a real-world example.
Step 1: Select a term from Chapters 1, 2, 3, or 4 of your textbook. Provide a definition of the term, in your own words (i.e., no quotes!), that is simple enough that a non-psychology major (e.g., a fellow student who is not in the class) could understand it.

Grading Guide for Discussion Assignment #1

Grading Guide for Discussion Assignment #1

 
 
Total = 0
Total = 1
Total = 2
Total = 3
 
Portion of Total
Substantial Omissions
Good/Satisfactory
Very Good-Excellent
Term and Definition
/3
Not from Ch.1-4
Not correct or not intelligible 
Significant errors 
Definition mainly correct, clear
Good definition – very clear to novice reader
Example 
/3
Example not correct or not intelligible
Example does not fit
Example fairly good representation of term
Good example – clearly describes term
Overall Writing Style
/3
Unintelligible
Significant errors
Some errors, not affecting readability
Minimal or no errors
Correct material
/1
Chose a term from relevent material










Step 2. Provide a real-world example that reflects a real-world situation where this term is reflected in behaviour/mental processes. This example can be from your own life, OR, if you are uncomfortable sharing such, the life/experiences of a public person. Be thoughtful not to describe situations that are overly personal/confidential. This is not meant to be invasive!
Step 3. Provide a reference for the textbook that you would include in a References section of a paper. Please see the APA Manual for detailed instructions.
Step 4. Proof read your assignment. Clarity, in terms of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and appropriate language will be a significant proportion of your grade. You must demonstrate that you can communicate this term and example in an effective manner.
Step 5. Self-assess your response on the rubric in the Discussion Assignment Grading Guide below
Step 6. Upload your assignment to the assignment drop box. Please note that your assignment must be saved as .doc or .rtf. Documents that cannot be opened will not be graded and will be assigned a grade of zero (0).


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