Component 1: Summary and Analysis of Popular Media Article or Current Event
You will start by locating a popular media article, video or current event that is relevant to personality psychology. Relevant topics may include personality theory, assessment, use of assessment results, personality disorders, or personality research. Your article or current event must have been published (or occurred) within the last six months. For this component of the assignment, you will use information found in the popular media. This includes articles or events distributed via social media, blogs, videos (e.g., Ted Talks), television shows, newspaper reports, magazines, and similar sources.
Provide a two-page summary and analysis of the article/event that addresses the following questions:
What is the focus of the article/event?
Why is this article/event relevant now?
What is the relationship between this article/event and personality psychology?
What are the key conclusions, questions, or issues relevant to this article/event?
What questions remain unanswered in relationship to this article/event?
Your summary and analysis should be written as a coherent essay (do not format as a list of answers to these questions). You may include additional insights in your analysis, but you must address these key issues. In addition, you must provide a hyperlink to the article/event that you are focusing on; if the article/event is not online, you must provide a complete citation so that the instructor can view your article/event.
Write a three-page summary, analysis, and application of the journal article that addresses the following questions:
What is the purpose of this research?
How did the researchers investigate their research question?
Are the conclusions of the study appropriate? Has the author overemphasized or under-emphasized any findings?
What are the key strengths and weaknesses of this study?
How does this research add to our understanding of personality or personality theory?
How does this study inform your popular article/event?
Do the conclusions of this research align with the message of your article/event?
Your summary, analysis, and application should be written as a coherent essay (do not format as a list of answers to these questions). You may include additional insights in your analysis, but you must address these key issues.
The third step is to analyze your popular article/event in relation to three different theories that we explored throughout the course. For each theory, you will want to explore the relevance (or lack thereof) for understanding your article/event.
Write a one- to two-page analysis for each of your three theories that includes the following information:
Brief overview of theory (up to two paragraphs with appropriate citations)
Discussion of how the theory either supports and explains your article/event OR how the theory offers an alternate understanding of your article/event
Analysis of the value of the theory for understanding personality in the context of your article/event
The last step is to reflect upon the popular article/event, research, and personality theory in relation to your own life.
Write a three-page reflection and analysis that addresses the following questions:
How is the material in this article/event relevant to your life?
What can you learn from the personality theories or research relevant to this article/event?
Does the article/event or research challenge any of your old opinions? Or does it challenge you to form any new opinions?
How can you apply what you have learned about personality research or theory to better understand your life? What is the practical value to understanding personality research or theory?
What concerns do you have about the article/event, personality research, or personality theory?
Your reflections should be written as a coherent essay (do not format as a list of answers to these questions). You may include additional insights in your reflection, but you must address these key issues.