Physiological and Neurological Aspects of Fear and Anxiety


Physiological and Neurological Aspects of Fear and Anxiety

Week 12 Assignment: Prepare a Literature Review

Signature Assignment

Activity Description

For your Signature Assignment, choose one of the primary emotions (happy, sad, fear, anger, disgust, or surprise), and then identify research that has been conducted on the emotion you selected. Your investigation should include research conducted on this emotion as it relates to the various topics discussed in this class. For example, if you select “anger” you could search for research conducted on the emotional regulation of anger, areas of the brain activated during an anger response, physiological changes occurring during an anger response, individual differences in the expression of anger, etc.

The literature review should not simply consist of a series of article reviews; the literature review should provide an integrated synthesis of the research in the particular areas you select to include in your paper.

In addition to the articles you used in your annotated bibliography, be sure to locate another five references from scholarly sources to support your assignment.

Length: 12 pages

Your literature review should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards

Learning Outcomes

1.0   Assess the concepts and theoretical framework of emotion, motivation, and cognition.

2.0   Interpret the critical research findings related to emotion, motivation and cognition.

3.0   Assess cultural and social influences on emotions, motivation, and cognition.

4.0   Evaluate the development of emotional, motivational and cognitive skills throughout the lifespan.

6.0   Synthesize concepts of emotions, motivation and cognition using a variety of communication tools.

Week: 12

Signature Assignment


Your Signature Assignment for this course represents a culmination of your learning about cognition, emotion, and motivation. As you work to complete your literature review integrating research on a selected emotion, take a minute to reflect on what direction future research into cognition, motivation, and emotion may take. For example, the National Institute for Mental Health has laid out a research domain matrix that is an attempt to categorize areas, or domains, of research into mental health issues that show what is known and thus, provide some direction for future research.

Additionally, as we continue to gain understanding of human behavior, particularly related to cognition and emotion, we likely will see the introduction of new therapeutic approaches or adaptation of existing methods to address psychological disorders reviewed in this course. For example, researchers have investigated treatment options for returning war veterans presenting with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Kopytin and Lebedev (2013) studied the therapeutic effects of art therapy among a group of Russian war veterans and found humor, long associated with positive emotion, increased.