Over the past three weeks, you have been exposed to many concepts, theories, and terms related to psychology. Now is the time to make a personal application of some of the terms you have studied. This personal application of concepts learned is one of the things that makes psychology such an interesting area of study. Not all courses of study have such a direct application to our own lives. You will select four (4) of the following terms or concepts. You will read and research at least three scholarly sources and then identify, discuss, and place each concept in the proper context. After you have identified each concept you will then explain ways each concept can be applied to your own life with examples.  I hope you enjoy your research and the personal application.

Please select four of the following concepts or theories.

  1. Social changes in life-span development
  2. Memory
  3. Positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement and punishment
  4. Issues related to gender and sexuality
  5. Motivation and emotion
  6. Personality
  7. Health psychology, stress and coping strategies
  8. Psychological Disorders and other Mental Health Issues
  9. Concepts of interpersonal relationships


You are required to write at least 750 words.  This paper is worth 20% of your grade.    Please use the APA format, cite and list at least three (3) sources. You are not required to include an abstract.  There are APA sample papers in the OWL and a sample paper in the Getting Started area. To submit your paper click on the Applying Psychology to My Life Paper link under Week 3.  Then click on the View/Complete link at the bottom of the page.  Then attach your paper. Follow the directions below for a step-by-step process.

APA 7th edition sample paper template


Following the link, click on to download the Student Sample paper. Use this as a template to format your paper correctly in APA per the 7th edition.


The PDF has more explanation.




Assignment Requirements (Use as a checklist):

  • Use a 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman Font
  • Double-space paper
  • Minimum of 750 words.  No more than 1,000 words
  • Minimum of three (3) cited sources
  • Use APA format and parenthetical citations (see below)
  • Make sure your name is on your paper


Helpful Tips

  • Always use spell and grammar check
  • Make sure you indented the paragraphs (10 spaces in)
  • Balance – Each paragraph should be similar in length
  • Review the APA video and resource in Student Resources under Course Home
  • You can send your paper to the Keiser OWL (Online Writing Lab) for review and to ask for help.


Parenthetical (In-Text) Citations

A parenthetical (in-text) citation is when you place the source in parenthesis ( ) within the sentence usually just before the period instead of waiting until the end of the paper.  It helps the reader to know exactly what sentences and paragraphs are taken from particular sources.

Place the author’s last name and the source’s date of publication in parentheses immediately after the end of the cited material. If it is a direct quote, include the page number as well. For example: Psychology is defined as the science of behavior and mental processes” (Coon et al., 2012, p. 12).

If you have paraphrased the information then you do not need to include the page number. For example: Psychology is a scientific field that specifically studies both mental processes and the associated behaviors (Coon et al., 2012).


A Quick Guide to Referencing Sources


Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher.

Example: Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. American Psychological Association.

Article or Chapter in an Edited Book

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Publisher.

Example: O’Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men’s and women’s gender role journeys: A metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). Springer.

Article from Library Database

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number (issue number), pages.

Example: Harlow, H. F. (1983). Fundamentals for preparing psychology journal articles. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 55(3), 893-896.

Note – If the article can also be found in print you do no need to provide the database or online location.

If there is an http doi # that should also be given at the end of the reference.

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number, page range. doi:0000000/000000000000

Example: Brownlie, D. (2007). Toward effective poster presentations: An annotated bibliography. EuropeanJournal of Marketing, 41(11/12), 1245-1283. http: doi:10.1108/03090560710821161

Article in Online Journal

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Online Periodical, volume number(issue number if available). Retrieved from


Bernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living Web. A list apart: For people who make websites, 149. Retrieved from

Web Page

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Retrieved from

Example: Cressia, L. L. (1997).  Copyright and fair use: Future of fair use. Retrieved from

Web Page without Author

Bipolar disorder. National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved from

Online Lecture Notes or Presentation Slides

Hallam, A. Duality in consumer theory [PDF document]. Retrieved from Lecture Notes Online Web site:

Newspaper Article

Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from

Example: Parker-Pope, T. (2008, May 6). Psychiatry handbook linked to drug industry. The New York  Times. Retrieved from

Graphics, Audio, or Video Files

CBS News. (2006).  MLK Jr.’s legacy [Video]. Available from

For files without titles, use the file name instead. 

press-image4.jpg [Graphic]. Retrieved from

Online Encyclopedias or Dictionaries

Feminism. (n.d.). In Encyclopædia Britannica online. Retrieved from


Bartow, A.  (2006, March 26). Parody is fair use! Retrieved from

Psychology Video Blog #3 [Video file]. Retrieved from

Interview, Emails, or other Personal Communication

No personal communication is included in your reference list; instead, parenthetically cite the communicator’s name, the phrase “personal communication,” and the date of the communication in your main text only.

(E. Robbins, personal communication, January 4, 2001).

Example of how this would be presented as an in-text citation: E. Robbins also claimed that many of her students had difficulties with APA style (personal communication, January 4, 2001).

Reference: Purdue Online Writing Lab. Retrieved from


A Few Other Helpful Websites on Referencing Sources


Grading Grid

Item Description Percent Grade
Four concepts identified with personal application (20 points each)   80%  
APA-style in-text citations (at least three)   10%  
APA-style references list at end of paper   10%  
Total 100%  
  • There will be a 20-pt. penalty for writing less than 750 words on this assignment.
  • There will be a 10-pt. penalty for each day the assignment is late.  It is due Sunday, by midnight, at the end of week 3.
  • There will be a 100-pt. penalty for plagiarizing.  This means a 0.  If in doubt, cite, cite, cite.\