The project for this course is a written paper that reviews, in depth, “The Effect of Mental Imagery on Memory.”
Your paper should summarize fundamental issues, questions, and controversies and provide a general overview of the topic. To accomplish this, you will have to use recent research articles (published within the past five years in psychological journals) to illustrate/support relevant points. You may use any of a number of electronic databases to find research articles that deal with your topic, including the library and the Internet. The one requirement for your selected research articles is that they must have appeared in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. (You may wish to consult the library staff or your instructor to determine whether a particular journal is peer-reviewed.) You may not use the textual materials found each week of this course or newspaper or magazine articles as your major reference, but they are sometimes useful when they lead you to an appropriate research article. Avoid simply repeating the articles in summary form; use them within the text of your paper to illustrate important points, and be sure to follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
Your paper is to 3000 words, in length. It must be typed in Times New Roman fort, double spaced, with one-inch margins all around, and fully cited in the format specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (see http://www.apastyle.org/index.aspx). Check the Course Schedule in this syllabus for the due date. Your instructor will determine the penalty for late submission of papers.
The text of your paper should be preceded by an abstract (about 250 words) that summarizes the key points in the paper (i.e., a statement of the problem, major findings, and conclusions).
The paper will be graded on content, organization, and writing mechanics and style. The following rubric will be used to assign points associated with each main topic.