A3- Fields within a Field

Write a 3–4-page paper that addresses the contribution of a chosen figure in psychology and examines how a chosen theory fits within a more specific area of psychology. Also, include how modern theorists have since contributed to this area of psychology.

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Assessment Instructions

Imagine that you are preparing for an interview to teach an undergraduate psychology course at a university. As part of the interview process, the hiring committee has emailed to you a list of questions. Your goal is to prepare a paper that demonstrates your knowledge of a chosen figure in psychology and analyzes how a chosen theory fits within a more specific area of psychology. Also, you need to include how modern theorists have since contributed to the field.

Dear Candidate:

We have received your application for the position of Adjunct Instructor in the Psychology department. As part of the interviewing process, please prepare a paper (adhering to APA guidelines for style and format) that responds to these prompts:

  1. Select a particular theorist of one of the following theories and describe the contribution of the theory and theorist. How, specifically, did this theorist contribute to our understanding of human behavior?
    • Psychological States of Development:
      • Erick Erickson.
      • Jean Piaget.
    • Obedience Study:
      • Stanley Milgram.
    • Study of Social Conformity:
      • Solomon Asch.
    • Factor Theory of Personality:
      • Raymond Cattell.
    • Theory of Language and Language Learning:
      • Noam Chomsky.
    • Cognitive Psychology:
      • Ulric Neisser (Flashbulb memory).
    • Social Psychology:
      • Gordon Allport (Trait theory of personality).
  2. Describe how modern theorists have contributed subsequent knowledge and understanding beyond this initial contribution.
  3. Relate the research of your selected theory/study to a professional (or academic) experience. How did this theory/study contribute to your understanding of your experience?

Additional Requirements

To format your paper, use the guidelines in the APA Paper Template linked in Resources under the Required Resources heading.

  • Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA formatting: Ensure that resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting guidelines.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
  • Length of assessment: 3–4 pages (excluding title and reference pages, abstract not required).