Cultural stereotypes and diversity in adolescence

First watch the first few talks that talk about some cultural stereotypes:

Watch the following TED talk: I am not your Asian stereotype: (Links to an external site.) (10 min)
Watch the following TED talk: (Links to an external site.) (10 min) 

Next listen to two podcasts on diversity and diversity of experiences. Please think about how these relate to culture and stereotypes.

Listen to the following podcast: (Links to an external site.) (38 min) 
Listen to the following podcast: (Links to an external site.)  (29 min)

You also need to be sure to include one peer-reviewed research article that is related to the topic at hand. Please see the *handout attached here  Download handout attached here* on finding and citing peer-reviewed research articles. Be sure to integrate this article into your essay and then be sure to cite the article using APA style both within the essay and at the end of your essay. 
Write a 3-4 page reaction summary describing your reaction and opinion regarding the media you just listened to, read, and watched. You need to include an introduction with a thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, a conclusion, and an APA style reference page. Be sure to reference each of the pieces of media and the peer-reviewed research article. You will lose significant points if you do miss references to any of the media or to the peer-reviewed paper.  Be sure to take a look at the *attached document  Download attached document* for more information about the requirements of the essay and further guidelines. Here is a sample paper  Download sample paperon a different topic.

Have fun with this. I hope that you enjoy the media.

***Finding and citing a peer-reviewed article

Once you are finished with college and you don’t have textbooks to read, you will likely find that you will get most of your information about science topics and studies from the media. This may be true today for you as well. You might hear a brief study in the news, or you might listen to a podcast about it or watch a video about it. These are all useful ways to gather science-based information, but these are not direct ways to gather that information from the original source. These science stories presented by the media begin with the original research done in laboratories around the world. An important goal in our introduction to psychology class is to become familiar with gathering information about science from the original source. When scientists complete their research and are ready to publish their results, they send the summary of their research project into scientific journals. Within all sciences, these articles follow specific formats and rules. In psychology, the format that is followed is called APA style (APA stands for American Psychological Association). There are websites and books devoted to proper formatting and the rules of writing in APA style. We aren’t going to go in depth into these rules, but I do want you to know that the general organization of these articles is that they have the following sections:abstract – a summary of their study and significant findingsintroduction – has an introduction of the research problem and why it is important to studymethods – includes a discussion of how the researchers did the study and gathered their informationresults – discusses all of the statistical analyses completed to determine whether there are any meaningful resultsdiscussion – here the authors discuss the implications of their findingsOnce psychology researchers complete a single project and they have written their APA style write-up, this article is then sent into a scientific journal. The editor of that journal then sends the article out to several other scientists who focus on the same specialty. These scientists review the article and then send the editor back their recommendation to either publish the research right away with very few revisions, possibly publish it with more significant revisions, or not publish it at all. If the decision is to publish it, then this typically begins a dialogue among the reviewers, editor, and the authors of the article in which the article is revised until everyone agrees that it is well-written and draws meaningful conclusions. This process is called “peer-review” and it is one of the cornerstones of science research. It occurs in this form in all sciences.In each of your four essays throughout the term, you will need to find a single peer-reviewed journal article that connects to the topic being covered by the pieces of media you are given in the assignment. To find a peer-reviewed journal article you need to follow these steps: Click on the ‘Library Resources’ link in CanvasClick on the red circle toward the bottom that says ‘Databases A to Z’On the next page, click on ‘P’ and then scroll way down to ‘PsychINFO’oIf you are not already logged into IUN, then it will prompt you to enter your username and password. This is the same username and password that you use for email and canvas.

Once you are in the database, you need to click on ‘Advanced Search’ which is toward the top.Then click on ‘peer reviewed’ and further down, you may want to select English, unless you also speak another language and want to select that language as well. Now you can enter in your words or phrases at the top and start your search.When you do your search, you are probably not going to come up with the right search the very first time you try it. You will want to try a few different terms and combinations. For example, if I was interested in the topic of how much the brain can change due to rehabilitative treatment following a stroke, I might put in the word ‘stroke’ and ‘brain changes’. Then I might find that ‘brain changes’ is not the common phrase used to describe this and so I might change my phrase to ‘brain plasticity’ and also add in ‘rehabilitation’ as a third term. Also be sure that you are selecting articles that are fully available. The search results will indicate whether you have access to the full-text of the article.Once you search your term or combination of terms, you will see the listing of articles below it. It is useful to scroll through these to see whether you have selected the right kind of phrases and the right combination of phrases. If these articles are relevant, then you can select one and take a look at it. If you feel like it fits well into your essay, then go ahead and include it. One word of caution is that the writing in these articles can be tough to get through when you are not familiar with scientific writing. Just be aware that this is totally normal and usually you just need some practice. The abstract usually gives you a good idea as to whether or not you will be able to understand the rest of the article. When you are finished reading your article and taking notes and are ready to cite it in your essay, you should scroll back up to the top of the article and then click on the ‘Cite’ button. This button is at the top of the article and is on the right-hand margin of the page (there is a “ at the top of the word ‘cite’). If you click on this button you will be able to request APA 6th edition citation style. This is what you need. Copy this citation and then paste it at the end of your essay on your reference page.