PSY 4931 Senior Seminar in Psychology of Eating FINAL PROJECT: Part B – Final Research Paper


NOTE: Part A – Literature Review Summary table – must be completed by November 22, 2015

Final Research Paper: A paper written in APA format on a topic related to the psychology of eating is required. Topics have been selected and you are committed to the topic you have chosen.

Paper Guidelines and due date: The paper must be 10-12 pages in length (excluding title page, abstract, and reference pages), double spaced, 12 point font (Times New Roman only). Assignments turned in late will be docked one point out of 5 possible points for each 24 hours late. At least seven scholarly peer-reviewed articles must be used as resources in the writing of your paper, and at least four of the seven must be primary sources. One out of 5 points will be deducted for each number of sources fewer than this.

Sources: Information gathered and evaluated for this paper must come from credible scientific sources. No articles from the popular press or books are allowed. You are encouraged to use PSYInfo and MEDLINE to do your literature search. If you are not aware of what a scientific peer-review article looks like – see this link

What is a peer-reviewed scholarly arcticle?

Format: This assignment requires that you write a literature review paper. This is not a research report. A literature review is a critical summary of what the scientific literature says about your specific topic or question. You are being asked to write this kind of paper to demonstrate your familiarity with work in the field pertinent to the research topic you have chosen.

A literature review typically contains the following sections:

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Introduction section
  • List of references

See this link for the specifications for an APA literature review paper

See this link for an example of a 10 page literature review paper

Grading: Papers will be evaluated based on overall quality, incorporation of current research information, scholarly writing style, adherence to APA format, logical development and flow of content. You are being evaluated on your ability to summarize the current state of research on a specific topic area. Thus, your paper must show breath and depth of knowledge as well as an understanding of what has been found on the topic.

  • Papers must conform to the specified format.
  • Assignments turned in late will be docked 1 out of 5 points for each 24 hours late.
  • Failure to have a minimum of seven scholarly peer-reviewed articles and at least four of the seven must be primary sources will cause deductions in points. Ten points will be deducted for each number of sources fewer than this.
  • Plagiarism will result in a 0 on the assignment and failure of the course.

Weight: The final project consists of Part A: Literature Review Summary Table, which was worth 5% of your grade and this paper Part B, which is worth 5% of your grade.

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