PSYC 3355: Cross-cultural comparison

by | Sep 21, 2021 | Psychology

The purpose of this assignment is for you to learn about the ways in which the conceptualization, study, and treatment of various psychological phenomena varies by culture. You are required to submit a 2-4 page paper on a cross-cultural comparison of some aspect of psychological functioning. Listed below are possible topics for your paper; however, please feel free to select a topic that is not on the list. The paper must focus on a comparison between at least two cultures with respect to the psychological phenomenon being addressed. You are encouraged to discuss your topic with me if additional guidance is needed. Finally, please feel free to ask me for assistance in identifying resources.

  • This paper serves as one method of assessing your progress in meeting the course learning objectives. Additional guidelines for this assignment are as follows:
  • You must use at least one additional scholarly reference in addition to any relevant course readings. Scholarly references include textbooks and journal articles.
  • Any time you use information from a professional source, you must put it into your own words and provide a citation for the source. You may not use direct quotes.
  • Your paper must be in APA style, typed, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced, with 1” margins. The paper must be 2-4 pages in length.
  • The paper must include in-text citations and a reference page.
  • The paper must be submitted online via D2L.
  • Submissions in other forms will not be accepted (e.g., email). See the “Late/Miss Policy” for details on late submissions.
  • A few suggestions for this requirement:
    • Give yourself ample time by working on the paper in advance of the deadline.
    • Writing assistance is available through the KSU Writing Center

Suggested Topics:

  • Culture and dreams
  • Addictions from a cultural perspective
  • Cognitive style
  • Intelligence
  • Achievement motivation
  • The experience of emotion
  • Gender roles
  • Attachment
  • Infant temperament
  • Conformity
  • Locus of control
  • Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
  • Interpersonal attraction and love
  • Attachment
  • Social loafing
  • Categorization and grouping of experience
  • Culture-specific psychological disorders
  • Psychotherapy from a cultural perspective
  • Treatment of mental illness
  • Views on mental health treatment
  • Responses to emotions
  • Child-rearing styles
  • Bilingualism and personality
  • Parenting styles and family structure
  • Self-perception
  • Attributions concerning academic success and failure

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