Project #16330 - Easy Human Question

Psych-Law Analysis (Due Week 8)


General Formatting Instructions

  • Assignment length: 3-5 pages.
  • Margins & Alignment: One inch top/bottom, 1” left/right flush left (creating uneven right margin).
  • Font Size and Type: 12-pt. font (Times Roman or Courier are acceptable typefaces).
  • Spacing: Double-space throughout the paper including the title page, body of the document, references, appendixes, footnotes, tables, and figure captions.
  • Title page: Include one with the statement: "I have read and am aware of the university requirements regarding academic honesty." Your paper will not be accepted without this statement.
  • Paragraph Indentation: 5-7 spaces.
  • Pagination: The page number appears one inch from the right edge of the paper on the first line of every page beginning with the title page.
  • In-text citation: APA style includes the last name of the author(s) and the date of publication (page numbers only if it is a direct quotation).
  • References: APA style puts them on the last page (called “References”) and generally includes, Author(s) last name, first initial (date of publication) title of article, name of journal, volume(#), pages.
  • Abstract: You do NOT need one for a paper of this size.

The overall purpose of this brief analysis paper is to be able to concisely compare and contrast a current forensic psychology research article and a professional law article on the same subject.

Simply summarizing the content of the articles and inserting an unsubstantiated not enough!

Ultimately, the question you should be answering is this:

How do the disciplines of law and psychology approach/address this issue differently?

Recently published professional articles – from both psychology and law – relating the same issue should be the source material. In keeping with standard practice, they should be no older than five years. (There may be citations of older material as part of a historical perspective, but judgments of validity should not be based upon historical references.)

Given the direct instruction to compare and contrast a professional legal and psychological article, it is imperative that the chosen articles be clearly identified. This does not mean papers should start with the conversational "In this paper I am going to compare and contrast [Article 1] with [Article 2]." Rather, using the conventions of APA in-text citation, some mention should be made in the introduction, for example, "When examining [the common issue], Smith (2010) and Jones (2011) take significantly different positions."

This is intended to be a brief (3 – 4 page) "taste" of the information being reported in the articles. As source articles will likely be much longer and more complex, a core aspect of the assignment will be demonstrating an ability to concisely summarize the key points of the article. Simply cutting-and-pasting the abstract is NOT acceptable and will be grounds for a zero for the assignment. The summary should be presented in paragraph form. Bullet point lists are not appropriate.
A superior analysis will integrate information from other professional journals as part of the analysis.

Preparation of any analysis requires research and thought; it is not a document based uniquely upon personal opinion. The arguments made and the positions selected must be drawn from data, expert opinion, and other documented sources. This generally means peer-reviewed scholarly journals, NOT newspaper/magazine articles or the textbook. A theme of the course is how the legal system does not always make good use of psychological research. Your role is to find any empirical research relevant to the chosen case and analyze if it could/should have made a difference in the ruling. Keep in mind the time period when the ruling was handed down and that there may have been research that occurred after the court decision that might change the nature of the issues.

In the conclusion, there should be indications of how the different approaches of psychology and law may – or may not – result in differing practical applications.


Articles should relate either behavioral scientific research published in a peer-reviewed journal or legal theory published in a professional journal.

To obtain such articles, visit the college library or access one of its electronic databases. EBSCOhost and psychARTICLES are probably the best known for psychology. EBSCOhost or WestLaw for legal articles. General web sites are not the best source.

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/08/2013 12:00 am
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