herpetological literature

Students will review current (≤2 yr old) papers from the herpetological literature. The topic is your choice, but the paper must (1) concern some aspect of the biology of amphibians and/or reptiles, (2) be original research (not a review paper), and (3) be published in a peer-reviewed journal (i.e., no magazines or Internet news sources).  The review should be typed, double-spaced, 1–2-page (2.5-cm margins and 12-point font) synopsis of the entire article written in layperson terms so the information is accessible to a general audience (as if you were a science reporter writing for a newspaper). Please include a photocopy of the abstract of the paper you review. Do not include a cover page.

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Forensic Assessment Cases

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapter 12 in the textbook and the required articles for this week. For this discussion you will take on the role of a psychologist assigned a case in which the client has a legal concern. For your initial post, select one of the three forensic case scenarios below and follow the instructions.

Forensic Scenario One: Mr. W (Attempting to Obtain Legal Guardianship Over an Elderly Parent): Attorney Mr. X referred Mr. W for an evaluation of his decision-making capacity. Mr. W’s children do not agree with the findings from a prior evaluation and have requested a second opinion. Review the PSY640 Week Six Clinical Neuropsychological Report for Mr. W, and begin your post with a one-paragraph summary of the test data you deem most significant. Utilize assigned readings and any additional scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources needed to develop a list of additional assessment instruments and evaluation procedures to administer to the client. Justify your assessment choices by providing an evaluation of the ethical and professional practice standards and an analysis of the reliability and validity of the instruments.

Forensic Scenario Two, Mr. M (Not Guilty Plea): Your client, Mr. M., was referred by the court for an evaluation of his mental condition after his attorney entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. Review the Case Description: Mr. M—Forensic, Pre-trial Criminal Score Report, and begin your post with a one-paragraph summary of the test data you deem most significant. Utilize assigned readings and any additional scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources needed to develop a list of additional assessment instruments and evaluation procedures to administer to the client. Justify your assessment choices by providing an evaluation of the ethical and professional practice standards and an analysis of the reliability and validity of the instruments.

Forensic Scenario Three, Ms. X (Personal Injury Lawsuit): Ms. X was referred for a forensic neuropsychological evaluation in connection with a personal injury lawsuit she had filed. Review the Case Description: Ms. X—Forensic, Neuropsychological Score Report, and begin your post with a one-paragraph summary of the test data you deem most significant. Utilize assigned readings and any additional scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources needed to develop a list of additional assessment instruments and evaluation procedures to administer to the client. Justify your assessment choices by providing an evaluation of the ethical and professional practice standards and an analysis of the reliability and validity of the instruments.

Assignment 2: RA: Test Assessment Analysis

For this assignment, you are to write a paper analyzing one test in each of the eight major assessment categories listed below.

You should utilize at least five sources from additional professional literature, relevant textbooks, and the Mental Measurements Yearbook for relevant information on these testing instruments. Your paper should be approximately 10 pages long (approximately 1 page per test).

Required Components:

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print can be found in the “M” section on the Find Articles and More page of the Argosy University online library. For each test using the Mental Measurements Yearbook, explain the following seven topics:

  • Test purpose
  • Uses, particularly in a forensic setting
  • Test development and history (any revisions made)
  • Normative information and test statistics
  • Applicable populations
  • Validity and reliability
  • Malingering or deception

When your paper is complete, you will have a discussion on a total of eight tests (one from each of the categories mentioned below). Be sure to choose just one test from each category and do not discuss more than eight tests. Also, do not include any tests that are not listed below.

Assessment Categories and Tests:

  • Mental Status Exam

Appearance, Motor, Behavior, Sensorium, Thought Process, Thought Content, Communication, Speech, Perception, Mood, Affect, Cognition/Orientation, Response to Proverbs, Estimate of Intelligence, Memory, and Insight

  • Substance Abuse
    • Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI)
    • CAGE Questionnaire
  • IQ/Cognitive Functioning
    • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, 4th ed. (WAIS–IV)
    • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 4th ed. (WISC-IV)
    • Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, 2nd ed. (KBIT-2)
    • California Verbal Learning Test, 2nd ed. (CVLT-II)
    • Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales (RIAS)
  • Projective Personality
    • Rorschach Inkblot
    • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
  • Objective Personality
    • Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)
    • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III)
    • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • Competency to Stand Trial
    • MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool-Criminal Adjudication (MacCAT-CA)
    • Georgia Court Competency Test (GCCT)
    • Competency Assessment Instrument (CAI)
  • Risk Assessment
    • Violent Risk Appraisal Guide (VRAG)
    • Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide (SORAG)
    • Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R)
  • Insanity/Criminal Responsibility
    • Rogers Criminal Responsibility Assessment Scales (RCRAS)

Submission Details:

Academic Writing    Assignment 2 Grading Criteria  Proficient  Maximum Points    Select one Mental Status Test and fully integrate material to explain all required seven topics. An appropriate Mental Status Test is selected. An explanation of all required topics is present and it is clear, complete and correct.  20    Select one Substance Abuse Test and fully integrate material to explain all required seven topics. An appropriate Substance Abuse Test is selected. An explanation of all required topics is present and it is clear, complete and correct.  20    Select one IQ/Cognitive Functioning Test and fully integrate material to explain all required seven topics. An appropriate IQ/Cognitive Functioning Test is selected. An explanation of all required topics is present and it is clear, complete and correct.  20

Select one Projective Personality Test and fully integrate material to explain all required seven topics..

An appropriate Projective Personality Test is selected. An explanation of all required topics is present and it is clear, complete and correct.  20    Select one Objective Personality Test and fully integrate material to explain all required seven topics. An appropriate Objective Personality Test is selected. An explanation of all required topics is present and it is clear, complete and correct.  20    Select one Competency to Stand Trial Test and fully integrate material to explain all required seven topics. An appropriate Competency to Stand Trial Test is selected. An explanation of all required topics is present and it is clear, complete and correct.  20

Select one Risk Assessment Test and fully integrate material to explain all required seven topics.

An appropriate Risk Assessment Test is selected. An explanation of all required topics is present and it is clear, complete and correct.  20

Utilize at least 5 sources from additional professional literature, relevant text books, and the Mental Measurements Yearbook for relevant information on the testing instruments.

An appropriate Insanity/Criminal Responsibility Test is selected. An explanation of all required topics is present and it is clear, complete and correct.  20    Utilize at least 5 sources from additional professional literature, relevant text books, and the Mental Measurements Yearbook for relevant information on the testing instruments.  Utilization of at least 5 sources from professional literature, relevant text books, and the Mental Measurements Yearbook were included.  20    Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e. APA); and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  20    Total:   200

Body Image and Media Messages

Discussion – Week 10

 

Beauty images shown through the media are often unrealistic. Nevertheless, it’s difficult for children and adolescents, both male and female, to stop comparing themselves to the images they may see on television, in the movies, and in magazines. Generally, these comparisons can result in bad feelings about body image and one’s self-concept. As a consequence, children and adolescents might strive to attain the perfect body image and consider these goals as realistic. The result can be the development of an eating disorder.

For this Discussion, select an advertisement about body image, weight, food, etc., in today’s media. Think about your reactions to the advertisement. What did you think and feel about the advertisement? Consider how it might promote negative feelings about body image for a child or adolescent.

References:
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (2008). Teenagers with eating disorders. Retrieved from www.aacap.org
Page, E. (1994, July 28). Christy Henrich, 22, gymnast, suffered from anorexia. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/1994/07/28/obituaries/christy-henrich-22-gymnast-who-suffered-from-anorexia.html
National Institute of Health. (2010). Eating disorders. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.shtml

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of the advertisement you selected. Then, explain how this advertisement made you feel and explain why. Finally, explain one way this advertisement might affect a child or adolescent and how. Be specific.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

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Required Resources

Readings

· Flamez, B. & Sheperis, C. J. (2015). Diagnosing and treating children and adolescents: A guide for clinical and school settings. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Chapter 13 “Feeding and        Eating Disorders”

· Geller, J., & Dunn, E. C. (2011). Integrating motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of eating disorders: Tailoring interventions to patient readiness to change Click for more options . Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 18(1), 5–15.
© 2011 by ELSEVIER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY JOURNALS. Reprinted by permission of ELSEVIER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY JOURNALS via the Copyright Clearance Center.

· Raich, R. M., Portell, M., & Pelaez-Fernandez, M. A. (2010). Evaluation of a school-based programme of universal eating disorders prevention: Is it more effective in girls at risk? Click for more options European Eating Disorders Review, 18(1), 49–57.
© 2010 by JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC. Reprinted by permission of JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

· DSM-5 BridgeDocument:Eating Disorders and Body Image Click for more options

Optional Resources

· Francisco, R., Narciso, I., & Alarcoa, M. (2013). Parental influences on elite aesthetic athletes’ body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 22(8), 1082–1091.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

· Khan, F., & Chowdhury, U. (2011). Eating disorders in children and adolescents. British Journal of Medical Practitioners, 4(1), 10–15.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

· Lock, J., & Fitzpatrick, K. K. (2009). Advances in psychotherapy for children and adolescents with eating disorders. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 63(4), 287–303.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

· Talleyrand, R. M. (2010). Eating disorders in African American girls: Implications for counselors. Journal of Counseling & Development, 88(3), 319–324.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

The Social World: Presentation

Thus far, we have considered the major themes of social psychology: social thinking, social relations, and social influence.  In this interactive assignment, we will integrate knowledge from all three areas to provide a comprehensive analysis of a social movement, issue, event, or idea.

To inform your thinking on this topic, begin by reading “The Self System in Reciprocal Determinism” (Bandura, 1978) and “Social Action” (Synder & Omoto, 2007), and peruse The Stanford SPARQ Solutions Catalog (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..  In addition, review “Ten Simple Rules for Making Good Oral Presentations” (Bourne, 2007) and “Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation” (Erren & Bourne, 2007).

Then, identify a current or historical social movement (e.g., the Tea Party, Black Lives Matter, the Reformation, etc.), issue (e.g., gay marriage, school choice, abortion, slavery, etc.), event (e.g., the 2016 Presidential election, the Rwandan genocide, the Bubonic Plague, etc.), or idea (e.g., democracy, the nuclear family, peace, etc.).  Create a multimedia presentation (e.g., a video, poster, etc.) that depicts the selected topic in enough detail that classmates, even with no prior knowledge, will gain a basic understanding.  (For additional guidance, review a guide for creating Presentations (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., available through the Ashford Writing Center.).  Your presentation should apply psychological insight from at least two of the three areas covered thus far in the course (social thinking, social relations, and/or social influence) to analyze relevant social factors.  In your presentation, interpret social psychological theory and research, including the concept of reciprocal determinism in relation to this social movement, issue, event, or idea.  Describe research methods used to investigate relevant phenomena and summarize actual or hypothetical applications of social psychological insight.   Employ knowledge from social psychology to identify specific careers or disciplines that might be especially well suited to addressing the underlying issues in your example.  Be sure to maintain an objective stance.  (In other words, if you select a social issue, avoid sharing your opinion regarding the “right” or “wrong” view.  Your classmates should not be able to determine your personal views based on what you post.).

You must include a both a multimedia component (e.g., link to or embedded PowerPoint, screencastPreview the document, video recordingPreview the document, etc.) and a transcript or other written component that fully explains the audio or visual elements. Please utilize APA style to format your transcript or other written component. Upload the completed assignment (including both the multimedia component and the written component) into Waypoint.  Next week, you will share your presentation with your classmates in a discussion forum.

Utilize a minimum of five credible scholarly sources to inform your thinking on the topic, in addition to required course resources as applicable.  Additional credible references are encouraged.

Discussion: Psychological Perspectives And Determinants Of Behavior

Each psychological perspective offers a unique vantage point or lens through which to view human behavior. Consider violent behavior and, in particular, school shootings as an example. After a school shooting occurred, you probably recall hearing arguments from survivors, students, politicians, news anchors, bloggers, co-workers, family, and friends about why the shooter opened fire in a school. Whether you were conscious of it or not, each of these arguments could be attributed to a psychological perspective. For example, you may have heard people say that the incident occurred because the shooter played too many violent video games (behaviorist perspective), was severely abused as a child (psychodynamic perspective), or had a chemical imbalance (biological perspective). You may have also heard people say that the shooter lacked basic human needs (e.g., stable home and social support; humanistic perspective) or perceived his or her treatment by others as being unfair or unjust (cognitive perspective). Based on this example, you can see how psychological perspectives support and offer explanations for specific behaviors. You also can probably see the degree to which one’s biology (i.e., nature) and environment (i.e., nurture) are evident in each psychological perspective.

In this discussion, you will consider how psychological perspectives and one’s biology and environment explain and contribute to a variety of behaviors.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the psychology perspectives described on the Simply Psychology website and consider which perspectives interest you the most.
  • Review the remaining Learning Resources on nature and nurture. Think about how nature and nurture relate to human behavior and to the different psychological perspectives.
  • As you view this week’s media, consider the interplay between biology, experience, and behavior.

By Day 4

Post a response to the following:

Briefly describe the psychological perspective that interests you the most, and why. Then, explain how nature and nurture each contribute to behavior according to the psychological perspective you chose. Finally, evaluate how the interplay between biology and environment can impact behavior.

Note: Support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources and any additional sources you identify using both in-text citations and references. It is strongly recommended that you include proper APA format and citations.

Psychology Research Paper Outline

In this assignment, you will begin preparing for your Psychology Research Paper, due in Week 4.

Choose a topic from the Research Topic List that is relevant, current, newsworthy, and has mass appeal.

Create an outline of the main points, I., II., III., etc., and subpoints, A., B., C., etc. Model your outline to the one shown on page 3 of the Sample Outlinedocument.

Include APA-formatted citations of the scholarly sources you plan to use:

  • Put an in-text citation next to a main point or subpoint, as necessary.
  • Include a list of source citations below the outline.

Submit your completed assignment as a Word document.

Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.