Personality psychology is an important course for all students because it provides insight into everyday behavior. Students are able to see themselves, their
families, and their friends in the concepts covered in personality psychology, and are able to adjust their behavior and attitudes based on what they have
learned. Although personality psychology is a research field, social psychologists are often interested in understanding current social problems, and their work is
often applied to improve individual-, community-, and societal-level relationships.
The final project is meant for you to propose a hypothetical study. You are not and should not be conducting human subjects research for this project. It is
not necessary for the purposes of this assignment. All human subjects research requires written approval from the SNHU COCE Institutional Review Board in
order to protect the welfare and ensure ethical treatment of the subjects.
For the first final project in this course, you will examine research presented in the course for how personality psychology has changed, and investigate a
potential gap in the research that has not been addressed. This assessment will allow you to foster and improve your skills at reading, interpreting, and writing
psychological works. It will also help you to learn your place within the field, and how to combine both your personal perspective and opinions with established,
empirical research to make original claims.
Final Project I is supported by two milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final
submissions. These milestones will take place in Modules Three and Five. The final research investigation is due in Module Seven.
This assessment addresses the following course outcomes:
● Describe foundational research regarding personality by examining the historical evolution of the field of personality psychology
● Determine appropriate research designs used in personality psychology for application in the study of aspects of personality
● Examine issues of ethics in foundational research in personality psychology for informing appropriate conclusions
● Interpret claims made by foundational research in personality psychology for conveying appropriate conclusions that are supported by peer-reviewed
● Develop basic research questions supported by peer-reviewed evidence by identifying gaps in the research of personality psychology
For your summative assessment, you will conduct an investigation of the foundational research in personality psychology. You will need to conduct a literature
review of the research presented in the course. This research will include both classic and current foundational research from the field. You will analyze the
research presented in the course to determine how what we know about personality has changed over time as well as how researchers have approached the
study of personality. You will also consider the issues of ethics that are or are not addressed in the research. Following your review of the research, you will
identify a gap (or unexplored topic within the research) and develop a research question designed to further explore your gap. This will include how the research
supports your research question and how you would approach addressing your research question. Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Literature Review: In this part of the assessment, you will analyze foundational research presented in the course for how the field of personality
psychology has changed over time, how researchers have designed research to study personality, and how issues of ethics have been addressed
historically in the field.
A. Summarize the claims made by the authors of the foundational research presented in the course regarding how personality develops. In other
words, what claims are made by the research about how human personality develops?
B. Summarize the claims made by the authors of the foundational research presented in the course regarding how personality is assessed. In other
words, what claims are made by the research about how personality has been determined by assessments?
C. Explain how the view of personality has evolved over the history of personality psychology. Be sure to support with examples from research to
support your claim.
D. Explain the conclusions you can reach about research in personality psychology. In other words, explain what we know about personality, based
on your review of the research presented in the course. Be sure to support your analysis with examples from research to support your claim.
E. Describe the specific research designs used in the foundational research presented in the course used to address research questions. For
example, what were the specific methods used to address their research question? What type of research design was used?
F. Explain how research designs were used by authors to conduct research in personality psychology. In other words, how did the research designs
used by researchers help in conducting research regarding personality psychology?
G. Discuss how issues of ethics have been addressed in the foundational research presented in the course. For example, how did the authors
inform the participants of what the experiment would entail? How did the authors account for any potential risks to participants associated with
H. Discuss how issues of ethics in personality psychology have been viewed historically. In other words, how have issues of ethics in the field been
viewed over time? Has this view changed as the field has progressed? Be sure to support your response with examples from research to support
II. Research Design: In this part of the assessment, use your previous analysis of the research presented in the course to develop your research design. You
will identify a gap in the research you have reviewed, explain how the research supports further exploration of that aspect of personality psychology,
and develop a research question addressing the gap. You will then determine an appropriate research design and explain how it could be implemented
and how you will account for issues of ethics in your proposed research question.
A. Identify a gap in personality psychology research presented in the course that is unexplored or underdeveloped. For example, is there an
unexplored aspect of personality psychology you believe could be further explored?
B. Develop a basic research question addressing the identified gap. In other words, create a question that you could answer in potential research
to further investigate your identified gap. Be sure to support your developed research question with examples from research to support your
C. Determine an appropriate research design that addresses your research question regarding personality psychology and explain why it was
chosen. Be sure to support your response with examples from your analysis and the research presented in the course that supports the
determined research design.
D. Explain how you will account for issues of ethics associated with your proposed research. In other words, how will you ensure that issues of
ethics associated with your proposed research have been managed appropriately? Be sure to support your analysis with examples from research
to support your claims.
E. Explain how your approach to accounting for issues of ethics was informed by your review of the research presented in the course. In other
words, what did you learn from the research presented in the course in terms of how to address issues of ethics that you were able to
incorporate in your own design?
Final Project, Milestone One: Literature Review Draft
In Module Three, you will prepare a draft of the literature review due as part of your final research investigation using the three articles for your track that you
selected in Module One. Use the Literature Review Template to complete this task. Refer to the Literature Review Example to assist you. This milestone is
graded with the Final Project Milestone One Rubric.
Final Project, Milestone Two: Designing a Research Study
In Module Five, you will participate in a discussion in which you present the research design you will be using in your final research investigation. You will also
assist your classmates in refining their own research designs. This milestone is graded with the Final Project Milestone Two Rubric.
Final Project Submission: Research Investigation
In Module Seven, you will submit a document containing a polished literature review and research design. The full adapted literature review will include a
review of five articles. Combined with the research design, the final document should be 6-8 pages in length. Both the literature review component and the
research design component should incorporate the feedback received in the milestones and should reflect all the critical elements in the Final Project Rubric
below. Use the Final Project Paper Template as a guide when writing your final research investigation. This document should be formatted in APA style. Refer to
the SNHU Online Writing Center for guidance on how to properly format sources in APA style. Consult Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of the Publication Manual of the
American Psychological Association for guidelines for writing in APA style, including punctuation and spelling rules. Also, consult the tutorials at the Smarthinking
Online Tutoring Service to assist you in your writing. This final submission will be graded using the Final Project Rubric (below).
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