The following assignment was designed to assess your writing skill as well as your ability to critically consider a debated topic in psychology. Choose one topic from the three listed below. Your paper is to be based on the journal articles provided below; do not add additional resources.
Complete a 4 page paper, double-spaced, regarding the particular topic. Your paper should be in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1″ margins. References should be cited in the paper and at the end; APA style (6th edition) is the preferred citation style.
You are asked to make two arguments favoring one side of the topic, and then two arguments favoring the other side of the topic. Support your arguments with empirical evidence whenever possible. During this part of the assignment, your position should not be clear to the reader. After presenting each “side” of the topic, present your conclusion (i.e., which “side” has the stronger arguments?). In this conclusion section, you may also include personal opinion and examples from your own life. However, personal opinions and examples must be in addition to empirical research, not a substitute. Use good critical thinking skills when making your arguments and drawing conclusions.*
Topic: There is (or is not) a relationship between television violence and aggression.
Slotsve, T., del Carmen, A., Sarver, M., & Villareal-Watkins, R., J. (2008). Television violence and aggression. Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, 5(1), 22-49.
Freedman, J. L. (2007). Television violence and aggression: setting the record straight. The Media Institute. Retrieved November 10, 2011, from http://www.mediainstitute.org/new_site/PDFs/policyviews/Freedman-TelevisionViolence.pdf.