Part one: Discussion Spark In your opinion, but also based upon what you have read for this course so far, does ?reciprocal determinism? make sense to you as a concept for understanding experiences in your own life? Why or why not? Explain your thinking with specific examples. Part two: Testing Reciprocal Determinism To prepare: Review the reading in the course text this week, paying particular attention to the explanation of reciprocal determinism on pp. 383 and 384. Course Text: Cervone, D., & Pervin, L. A. (2016). Personality: Theory and research (13th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Chapter 12, ?Social-Cognitive Theory: Bandura and Mischel? (pp. 367?402) Chapter 13, ?Social-Cognitive Theory: Applications, Related Theoretical Conceptions, and Contemporary Research? (pp. 403?436) Consider a personal experience you feel comfortable sharing with colleagues that you could analyze from the perspective of reciprocal determinism. Think back to your response to the question of what causes personality in the Week 1 Discussion. Consider your answer from the perspective of reciprocal determinism and whether you would like to change or amend your response. By Day 2 Post an explanation that includes the following for part two: Describe an experience in your life that demonstrates the principle of reciprocal determinism. Explain your experience in terms of the interactions of your behaviors, your personality characteristics, and the impact of your environment. Based on your understanding of reciprocal determinism, explain whether your thinking has changed and, if so, how you would amend your Week 1 Discussion answer. Include your reasoning for keeping the original answer or changing it. What are the most useful concepts that you will take away from this course? How have the concepts helped you in understanding human behavior and, specifically, your relationships with family and friends? How can the concepts contribute to success in your future career? Part three: Analyzing Effects of Media on Behavior To prepare: You will write a research paper in which you apply theories of behavior modeling to explain positive or negative impacts of television and other media viewing on behavior. Review the Week 6 Learning Resources with information on behavior modeling. Be sure to access the Handout with suggested resources that address television and video-game viewing and their influence on behavior. Choose a perspective for your research paper. You will discuss and provide evidence for the potential positive influences of behavior modeling from television and other media viewing or the potential negative influence on behavior. As part of your research, consider practical recommendations to include in your paper for how to strengthen positive influences of television/media viewing or how to lessen the negative influences on behavior. Be aware that you must use three resources to inform your paper?the course text and two other resources. You may choose from the resources listed in the Handout or resources that you find. By Day 2 Submit a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following three statements: Identify your position on the influence of television and other media viewing on behavior. Present evidence from your own research examining current media. Use at least two other resources other than the course text (see the Handout) to support your position. https://class.waldenu.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/USW1/201830_05/BS_PSYC/PSYC_2009_WC/artifacts/USW1_PSYC_2009_Week06_courseHandout.pdf Be sure to reference specific concepts such as behavior modeling in your explanation. Based on theories of behavior modeling including: social cognitive theory, reciprocal determinism, behavior modeling, and related concepts, explain ideas and recommendations to strengthen the positive influence or to lessen the negative influence of television/media viewing.
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