Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Important paragraph elements

I vaguely remember this lecture at all, but I believe they wanted paragraphs to be thought out, written well and in depth, and not plagiarized. But again, I have very little memory of this lecture.

Rough Draft Woes

I'm not entirely sure what this blog is supposed to be about, but I imagine it has something to do with problems we are having while working on our rough drafts. The only problem I ran into was locating sources at the library, and finding the motivation to go to the library. Luckily, I worked through it.

Thesis Statement of your paper

"In everything that we do, actions, decisions, thinking, and feeling; there is a motive and a reason behind it."

Reflection after your final research paper submitted

Well, my final research paper is not technically submitted yet, only because I emailed the wrong copy to myself so I was unable to print it out. BUT, I think for the most part my paper was relatively decent and fairly informative. Hopefully I did well.

Alternative titles for your research paper - the good, the bad, and the ugly

"Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology"
"The Study of Human Behavior"
"Common Misconceptions of Cognitive Psychology"

Your revising plans, what tips helped most

I did not find any "tips" coming into use when revising my work. I typically just read and re-read my work, and fix any errors that have been made. It is a fairly simple process.

Places visited online to help address grammar issues

As I stated in my previous blog, I am not commonly prone to making grammatical errors in my papers. Although I did find a useful website called through Google that is an instant grammar checker. Pretty nifty.

List your own worst grammar issues

I think my biggest problem is just with typo's. Sometimes I type the word IS when I really mean to type the word IT. Things of this nature are my most common reason for points being deducted. They are hard errors to catch when proofreading because they are such small, filler words, and since they aren't spelled incorrectly, Microsoft Word doesn't pick up on them. Just one of those things I guess.

Tissue Paper Bike - Did you learn anything from it? If so, what?

I wouldn't say that I necessarily "learned" from this assignment, only because, in retrospect, it was not entirely clear. I could partially credit it to helping me understand citations and how to cite sources at the end of sentences within my paper, but other than that, I did not see a significant purpose or outcome in reference to this assignment.

Keywords you're using for searching for your topic

"Cognitive Psychology"
"Behavioral Disorders"

Snatch N' Grab (Grab N' Snatch?)

Mark Stevens and Jay, Clark. "SNATCH 'N GRAB Sheedy's Mission To Snare Daniher, Golds." Herald Sun (Melbourne) (2010): 88. Newspaper Source. Web. 7 Dec. 2011.

Annotation related to your own topic.

Dowd, E. Thomas, Shauna L. Clen, and Kevin D. Arnold. "The Specialty Practice Of Cognitive And Behavioral Psychology." Professional Psychology: Research And Practice 41.1 (2010): 89-95. PsycARTICLES. Web. 3 Nov. 2011.

      This article basically asks the question of what makes the study of cognitive and behavioral psychology legitimate, when people from other professions can assess human behavior from their own perspective. It relates the study of these behaviors to psycho-therapeutic practice. It then gives a brief history on this field. I think this article will be relatively beneficial to my research on this topic.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Progress So Far With My Paper

     I am currently still in the research stages of my research paper. I think my lack of motivation is the most difficult thing to deal with. Also, going to the library is always an inconvenience. Other than that, there really are no problems.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The little I know about Statistics.

-What do you know about statistics?
Well, I know that it is the analyzing or study of numerical data.

-Have You ever taken a statistics course?

-I am unfamiliar with the list of terms we were given, except parametric regression analysis, which is basically a technique for modeling and analyzing variables and numerical data.

Totes Gnarles.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Exercise 8.1

The draft is patch writing because it is still using the key words that the original author used in his text. The sentence structure that the writer used is also very similar to the original text.
Here is my attempt to eliminate the patch writing, and make it more like paraphrasing;
     Wikipedia is monitored by up to one thousand people that act as volunteers to make sure that the site is not tampered with by outside, non reliable sources. A problem has arisen that was presented in the Lowell Sun newspaper. It stated that Marty Meehan had his representatives replace the information that was given with content that was more flattering to him. As a result of this, the "Capitol Hill Wikipedia Blackout" occurred. This meant that all the computers that were connected to servers located at the House of Representatives were no longer allowed access to the site.

-Yuki Noguchi, "On Capitol Hill, Playing WikiPolitics," Washington Post 4 Feb, 2006: A1. Print

Patch Writing, Paraphrasing, and Plagiarism.

     My definition of patch writing would be someone copying down part of someone elses work, not in its entirety, but changing only part of the content from the source.
     Paraphrasing to me is basically giving a generalization of what someone has said. Instead of picking out every detail, you focus on the main points, change the words around into your own, and re-say what has already been said.
     Plagiarism is copying down someone elses work, word for word, and not giving them credit in your bibliography/citation, or putting what they said into quotes. This is the worst possible thing you could do.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Three Choices for Research Paper

1. The first choice would deal with some sort of abnormal psychology. I think I would like to investigate more the study of people and the study of their mind in an abnormal way. This is the study of peoples behaviors, emotions and thought processes. I would most likely narrow this topic down to a more specific study of psychology, but this is just a general idea.
2. My second choice would deal with the study of cognitive psychology. It takes into account internal mental states and acknowledges the use of the scientific method. Generally, a psychological topic would be one I am most interested in.
3. My third choice would probably have something to do with some form of drug abuse, or what drugs are and aren't harmful. Misconceptions on drugs do happen, and I would possibly like to learn more about them.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Developing an Interest Inventory

Without worrying for now about the research assignment you might have in hand, develop an interest inventory that has at least five general categories.
     Then, choose your two favorite categories and create tables for those two categories with potential topics under politics, technology, religion, current affairs, education, history, and culture.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011