Writing Assignment #1
It is incredible how much the human race has learned about the brain. Such as how it works, why we do the things we do, what triggers our actions and emotions, and the list goes on and on. These are all fundamentals that fall under psychology which is the study of the mind and behavior. The way our brain works is all the same. How we obtain information and use it towards our benefit, how we learn through the observation of others, and everything we have done from the day of birth to now. What makes us who we are today include our morals, political standpoints, and religious beliefs. Some argue that the small pool of American college students researched in a psychology experiment should not generalize the rest of the world due to ethnic and cultural diversity.
From the reading “Is American Psychological Research Generalizable to Other Cultures?” by Edwin Gantt and Brent Slife, it is discusses the conflicting viewpoints of American Psychologist Gerald J. Haeffel et al and Jeffrey Jensen Arnett. The issue is that although we live in a multicultural world, traditional psychological research is primarily based on the results of Americans specifically college undergraduates claiming it is unfair to justify for the rest of the world especially in categories such as socioeconomic status, education, ethnicity, age, and values. Haeffel takes the side that psychological studies of American people indeed often generalize to people of other cultures, especially when basic processes are being studied. Jeffrey however argues other wise claiming that culture is central to the functioning of humans which further include psychological findings.
In my opinion, I believe Haeffel et al has a stronger claim in this dispute r...
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...ic functions of the brain, it is generalizable to other cultures.
Response to Reviewer:
Joey’s insight and peer review was very helpful when writing this assignment and had great contributions. His first comment regarding my Webster dictionary opening on psychology I completely took out and used my own words to define it. I also took out every definition from other sources out and if necessary defined in my own terms. I fixed my sentence structure so that is a lot more friendly and easier to understand to the reader/audience. My rough draft only contained an outline of what I was going to do in my final and took away cliff hanging questions at the end of the paragraph. At the end in the conclusion I clarified that American psychological research can be trusted in terms of the brains basic functions such as organization, capacity of cognition, perception, etc.
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