Effects of Psychology on Behavior
As a biological psychologist, you should know and be able to explain the ways in which biology influences behavior. Biological influences on behavior encompass
changes in the brain that change behavior, changes in biological systems (such as heart rate or blood pressure) that change behavior, and changes in genetics
that lead to behavioral changes. Careers in biopsychology include being a mental health practitioner, conducting research, or acting as genetic counselor. In each
role, your ability to be effective will be influenced by your knowledge of the role of biology in behavior. The final project is meant for you to propose a
hypothetical study. You are not and should not be conducting human subjects research for this project. It is not necessary for the purposes of this assignment.
All human subjects research requires written approval from the SNHU COCE Institutional Review Board in order to protect the welfare and ensure ethical
treatment of the subjects.
For the final project in this course, you will examine existing research in the field to determine how biopsychology has changed, and you will investigate a
possible gap in the research that has not been addressed. This assessment will allow you to foster and improve your skills at reading, interpreting, and writing
psychological works. It will also help you learn your place within the field and how to combine both your personal perspective and your opinions with
established, empirical research to make original claims.
Final Project Part I is supported by three milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality
final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Two, Three, and Five. The first part of the final project, the research investigation, is due in
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:
Describe research regarding the biological processes that influence human behavior by examining the historical evolution of the field of biopsychology
Determine appropriate research designs used in biopsychology for application in the study of aspects of the biological processes that influence human
Examine issues of ethics in research in biopsychology for informing appropriate conclusions
Interpret claims made by research in biopsychology for conveying appropriate conclusions that are supported by peer-reviewed evidence
Develop basic research questions supported by peer-reviewed evidence by identifying gaps in the research of biopsychologyFor your final project, you will conduct an investigation of the existing research in biopsychology. You will need to conduct a literature review of the ex isting
research in the field. This research will include both classic and current research from the field. You will analyze the existing research to determine how our
knowledge about the influence of biolovarious topics in biopsychology. You will also consider the issues of ethics that are or are not addressed in the research. Following your review of the research,
you will identify a research gap (or unexplored topic within the research) and develop a research question designed to further explore the gap. This will include
how the research supports your research question and how you would approach addressing your research question. Finally, you will develop a presentation
summarizing your investigation, explaining the importance of further exploring your identified gap.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Literature Review: In this part of the assessment you will analyze existing research to determine how the field of biopsychology has changed over time,
how researchers have designed research to study of the biological processes that influence human behavior, and how issues of ethics have been
addressed historically in the field.
A. Summarize the claims made by the authors of the existing research in the field regarding how the basic functions of the brain and nervous
system influence human behavior. In other words, what conclusions have the authors of the research reached about how the brain and the
nervous system influence human behavior? For example, what claims do the authors make about the influence of neurotransmitters on human
behavior? What claims are made about the influence of major components of the brain on human behavior, such as the hippocampus or the
B. Explain how advancements in technology have influenced research on human behavior. In other words, how has the development of new
technologies in biopsychology changed the approach to studying biological influences on human behavior?
C. Explain how the view of the influence of biological processes on human behavior has evolved over the history of biopsychology. Be sure to
support your analysis with examples from research to support your claim.
D. Explain the conclusions you can reach about research in biopsychology. In other words, explain what we know about the biological influences on
human behavior, based on your review of the existing research in the field. Be sure to support your analysis with examples from research to
support your claim.
E. Describe the specific research designs used in the existing research in the field to address research questions. For example, what were the
specific methods used to address their research question? What type of research design was used?
F. Explain how research designs were used by authors to conduct research in biopsychology. In other words, how did the research designs used by
researchers help in conducting research regarding biopsychology?
G. Discuss how issues of ethics have been addressed in the existing research in the field. For example, how did the authors inform the participants
of what the experiment would entail? How did the authors account for any potential risks to participants associated with the study?
H. Discuss how issues of ethics in biopsychology have been viewed historically. In other words, how have issues of ethics in the field been viewed
over time? Has this view changed as the field has progressed? Be sure to support your response with examples from research to support your
claims.gical processes on human behavior has changed over time, as well as how researchers have approached the study Research Design: In this part of the assessment, use your previous analysis of the existing research in the field to develop your research design. You will
identify a gap in the research you have reviewed, explain how the research supports further exploration of that aspect of bio psychology, and develop a
research question addressing the gap. You will then determine an appropriate research design and explain how it could be implemented and how you
will account for issues of ethics in your proposed research question.
A. Identify a gap in biopsychology research that is unexplored or underdeveloped. For example, is there an unexplored aspect of the biological
influences on human behavior that you believe could be further explored?
B. Develop a basic research question addressing the identified gap. In other words, create a question that you could answer in potential research
further investigating your identified gap. Be sure to support your developed research question with examples from research to support your
C. Determine an appropriate research design that addresses your research question regarding biopsychology and explain why it was chosen. Be
sure to support your response with examples from your analysis and the existing research in the field that supports the determined research
D. Explain how you will account for issues of ethics associated with your proposed research. In other words, how will you ensure that issues of
ethics associated with your proposed research have been managed appropriately? Be sure to support your analysis with examples from research
to support your claims.
E. Explain how your approach to accounting for issues of ethics was informed by your review of the existing research in the field. In other words, Final Project I Submission: Research Investigation
In Module Seven, you will submit your final research investigation. Edit your draft based on your instructor’s feedback to craft the final paper, and be sure it
meets all the rubric requirements in the Literature Review, Research Design, and Articulation of Response sections to maximize your grade. You must complete
and turn in a final version of your paper to receive a grade for your final project, even if your draft did not need many additions or corrections. As a reminder,
refer to the SNHU Online Writing Center for guidance on how to properly cite sources in APA style. Highlight the changes on your final paper so your instructor
can quickly see the edited areas; this expedites the grading process. This final submission will be graded using the Final Project Part I Rubric.
what did you learn from the existing research in the field in terms of how to address issues of ethics that you were able to incorporate in your