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Extra Credit Assignment



Extra Credit Assignment


Due by Tues, December 3

No late papers accepted

Worth 0 to 10 points


1.     Only one paper per student accepted and awarded appropriate point value.

2.     Write a 3-5 page paper (APA style) on one of the “greats” in the history of psychology.

3.     Below is a list of individuals that you may choose from.

4.     Please sign up with Dave or myself on the individual you intend to report about. I want these individuals evenly distributed over the population of students who are choosing to do an extra credit assignment. Those who sign up first get to choose first. As individuals from the list are selected, they will be removed from the list of availability to subsequent students.  

      View listing of extra credit subjects students have already signed up for

5.     Please use a minimum of 3 references

            Journal articles or books, or full-text sources offered online.  Any material that has been published in a book or journal that is available online is okay, but you must obtain the publication info for your references.  Feel free to visit internet sites to enhance familiarity with your subject and lead you to books or articles, but they do not qualify as references in themselves.

            Include a complete list of references (written in APA format – APA Style Guide or visit library for APA manual).

    Click here for a step by step guide for searching for articles within the PSU Library System.  Note: your sources for the extra credit need not be empirical studies. 

6.     Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920)

William James (1842-1910)

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

John B. Watson (1878-1958)

B. F. Skinner (1904-1990)

Carl Rogers (1905-1987)

Abraham Maslow (1908-1970)

Mary Whiton Calkins (1863-1930)

Margaret Floy Washburn (1871-1939)

Christine Ladd-Franklin (1847-1930)

Lillien Martin (1851-1943)

Leta Stetter Hollingsworth (1886-1939)


Open to other suggestions – Check with Dave or myself if you want to write about individuals not on this list.


7.     Include in your paper:

a.      Background on the individual (e.g., when and where they lived, who their associates were, area of study)

b.     Contributions to the field of psychology

c.     Personal successes (if possible/applicable)

d.     Theories he or she are associated with, worked on, discovered, built on, etc.

e.      Your reaction, perspective, opinions to do with that individual’s psychological discipline (e.g., structuralism, functionalism, nativism, gestalt, theory of evolution, nature vs nurture, behaviorism, humanism, psychoanalysis, etc.)

f.       Talk about a theory/perspective that opposes this person’s perspective and why


8.     You will be graded on:

a.      Compliance with the above expectations

b.     APA formatting/style

c.     Number of references (meaning: a minimum of the required 3)

d.     Where references are derived from (no internet citations0

e.      Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. I expect a well-written document.

f.       Organization of paper