Physiological Psychology in My Life
Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review your completed Week 3 Final Project Planning and Annotated Bibliography written assignment. You will integrate that topic selection and research as well as the instructor’s feedback into this final project, which is a mock TED Talk video. Read 10 Tips for Speaking Like a Ted Talk Pro (Links to an external site.), and consider reviewing How to Write a TED Talk in 7 Easy Steps (Links to an external site.) and How to Make a Great Presentation (Links to an external site.) before you begin.
For this final project, you will be bringing together the ideas you have examined throughout the course to provide a biopsychological assessment of a behavior that is relevant in your life. Your mock TED Talk will mimic the TED videos you have viewed throughout the course. You will be on-screen presenting your topic. You will provide background on the behavior and why it matters, what the neuroscientific research says about the behavior and why that matters, and what we can do with that information and why it matters. The goal is to use the scientific research on the brain to inform others and make ethical recommendations about a topic that matters to you. To do this, you will need to gather research, review it, and draw conclusions about its applications to your topic.
For example, maybe you work in early childhood education and want to convince the administration to consider a volunteer reading corner. Your task is to look at the research, identify how early exposure to reading corresponds with brain development, explain its benefits to an audience unfamiliar with neuroscience, and identify any risks or ethical considerations that may emerge with your recommendations. Remember that with a TED Talk, storytelling is the essence of transferring information—connect your topic with its importance in the lived experiences of others and the neuroscience.
In this final project, you will analyze the biopsychology of a cognitive or behavioral process, relevant to your personal or professional goals, and provide research-informed recommendations for improvements in performance, personal outcomes, or wellbeing. To do this, you will identify specific areas of the brain that are involved in the process and the neurotransmitters that communicate between these areas and integrate research into a recommendation informed by biopsychology.
In your TED Talk, you will be analyzing a problem or interest involving a cognitive process or behavior that is of interest to you. You began working on this in the Week 1 Biopsychology in My Life journal and Week 3 Final Project Planning and Annotated Bibliography assignment, so the first three items below have been partially scripted. Continue to integrate your research and review ethical considerations this week to round out the project.
Part 1: Analysis
Identify the behavior and its connection to physiological psychology by including historical and current approaches to researching or modifying the behavior.
Explain the neuroanatomical pathways and functions involved in the process, including specific areas of the brain, receptors, and neurotransmitters.
Present peer-reviewed research related to the biopsychology of the process or problem.
Integrate research into a recommendation that addresses the identified problem or interest.
Review ethical considerations and research limitations on biopsychological processes that would affect implementing any recommendations, focusing on the impact on individuals who may be neurodivergent or who may face mental health challenges.
Write a script including all five parts of your analysis and use it for your TED Talk. Include an introduction and conclusion to your talk as if you were presenting to an audience.
Part 2: Option 1: Record Your TED Talk
Use a screen or webcam capture application, such as Screencast-o-Matic (Links to an external site.) or Zoom (Links to an external site.) to record your video. For support, review the Screencast-O-Matic Quick-Start Guide (Links to an external site.) or Zoom Quick Start Guide (Links to an external site.) to get started. This guide will familiarize you with the tool and review how to upload your video to the classroom. If you do not wish to record yourself, you may create a PowerPoint presentation with detailed notes (Option 2).
Upload the video and your transcript with an APA Style (Links to an external site.) title page and reference page to Waypoint.
If uploading to an online repository, such as YouTube, include a link to the recording on the title page of your transcript.
Part 2: Option 2: Create a Presentation
First, create a visual presentation using tools such as PowerPoint, Canva (Links to an external site.), or Prezi (Links to an external site.) (review the Writing Center’s Presentations Tips (Links to an external site.) and How to Make a PowerPoint Presentation (Links to an external site.) webpages for support). Many of these sites enable you to create public files, so be mindful of specific information you choose to communicate.
Second, write a script using Microsoft Word of what you will record for each slide of your presentation.
Third, present the PowerPoint, Canva, or Prezi presentation using Screencast-o-Matic (Links to an external site.) or Zoom (Links to an external site.) to record your voice and your slide show. If you also feel comfortable, feel free to use the webcam feature as well. For support, review the Screencast-O-Matic Quick-Start Guide (Links to an external site.) or Zoom Quick Start Guide (Links to an external site.) to get started. This guide will familiarize you with the tool and review how to upload your video to the classroom.
You will submit the presentation with speaker’s notes, a title slide, and reference page slide for a grade.
You do not need to record a video for this option.
Accessibility Statement: If you have a disability that impacts your ability to successfully participate in this or any other course activity, please provide your instructor with your authorized Accommodation Request form from the Office of Student Access and Wellness, so they can discuss and arrange an alternative plan with you.
For your final project,
If submitting a TED Talk,
Your recording must be three to four minutes in length.
Upload your script to Waypoint.
If you use an online software, copy and paste your recording link into the comments section of Waypoint and include the link on the title page.
Must include a title page that includes the following:
Title of the TED Talk or presentation in bold font
Student’s name
Name of institution (The University of Arizona Global Campus)
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Due date
Link for recording if using an online application
Must use at least four peer-reviewed sources in addition to the course text.
The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source.
To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view Quick and Easy Library Research (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
Create a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.
If submitting a PowerPoint presentation,
Must be seven to 10 slides in length (not including title and references slides) and formatted according to APA Style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Writing Center’s How to Make a PowerPoint Presentation (Links to an external site.)
Your presentation must have 100 words minimum as speaker’s notes per slide.
Must include a separate title slide with the following:
Title of final project in bold font
Student’s name
Name of institution (The University of Arizona Global Campus)
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Due date
Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
Must use at least four peer-reviewed sources in addition to the course text.
The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source.
To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view Quick and Easy Library Research (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
Create a separate references slide that is formatted according to APA Style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.