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PSY 350 Week 5 Final Paper
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Focus of the Final Project
For your Final Project, you will use the psychological disorder that was selected
and approved by the instructor in Week One. In your project, you will provide
an overview of the major biopsychological theories of the disorder as well as a
detailed discussion of the biopsychological causes and treatment approaches for
the disorder. The Final Project must utilize peer-reviewed sources, published
within the last five years, and cited according to APA guidelines, to support and
enhance your analysis of the selected disorder. In addition to the general
overview of biopsychological causes and available treatment approaches, locate
two to three published research studies that support a discussion of possible,
effective biopsychological approaches to treatment and incorporate the
biopsychological cause of the disorder.
This section should provide a general introduction to the psychological disorder
you have selected that includes the focus of your critique, as well as an
overview of the background and history of the disorder. Additionally, it should
provide demographic data that indicates the prevalence of the disorder in both
general and specific populations. Finally, this section should clearly indicate the
direction that the critique will take.
For example, there are many biopsychological theories of alcoholism. In this
section you would express your intent to focus on the role of gammaAminobutyric acid (GABA) in alcoholism. There should then be research on the
role of GABA and GABAergic pathways in the development of this disorder. This
is not to say that your paper must focus on only one biopsychological cause or
system, but you should indicate your areas of focus in the introduction.
In this section you will present a detailed discussion of the
biopsychologicaletiology and treatment for the disorder you chose. Indicate if
this disorder appears to be genetic in nature or due to factors in the
environment. When discussing the biopsychological causes of this disorder, be
specific. Your discussion should refer not only to specific systems (such as the
GABA, noted previously) but also to the pathways in the brain that are believed
to be involved. This section must utilize current, published research studies to
support your discussion. This section should be the majority of your Final
Provide a concluding summary of your findings regarding your selected
disorder. Additionally, address the possible future research directions that could
be taken to further examine the role of biopsychology in the expression and
The Final Project should contain a minimum of eight to ten double-spaced pages
(excluding title and reference pages) and must be formatted according to APA
style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. You must include a minimum of
six to eight peer-reviewed sources that were published within the last five
years, and at least two to three of these must be published research studies.
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