About this Assignment
In physiological psychology, you learned about the functions of the human brain and nervous system, including memory, cognition, neurological disorders, sensory systems, sleep cycles, and the impact of drugs. In this assignment, you will explore a specific area of interest further by developing a 2,000-word research proposal that satisfies one of the prompts below.
This assignment will emulate creating a real research proposal that would lead to full experiments on your topic. For this assignment, you will only be creating the proposal and will not conduct a full research study. The goal is for you to craft the proposal thinking realistically about doing actual physiological psychology research.
What element of physiological psychology interests you the most? For this assignment, you will select a theory from an area of physiological psychology, such as cognition or sensory systems, and develop a research proposal for a new experiment. This study can either:
1) Broaden the application of the topic to a new area, such as analyzing the impact of sleep disorders on memory distortion.
2) Test a new hypothesis from the theory, which may serve to narrow or expand upon the theory.
Regardless of which option you choose, your research proposal must contain the following:
Abstract and introduction: discuss intent, context, rationale, and hypothesis of study
Review of relevant literature: summarize related peer-reviewed studies that inform your experiment and explain their significance
Method section: a thorough step-by-step plan for your study
Plan for analysis: the data you will collect and how you will analyze it
Expected results: explain your potential findings, including sample data in chart, table or graph form and analysis of the data
Broad implications: describe how your results affect existing theories and beliefs in physiological psychology and suggest further research
References list in APA format. Limit your review of relevant literature to papers that have been published in the last 20 years.
Formatting & Sources
Please write your paper in the APA format. As part of your research, you may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least four credible, outside sources and cite them using APA format as well. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any Study.com lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and instructor’s name).
Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.
Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Management. You may use like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and Social Science Research Network to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)