Introduction to Psychology
There are many factors that influence the perspective, behavior, and actions of individuals. You have learned about
biological influences, social influences, developmental influences, and environmental influences. You have also learned
how theories and research are important in understanding human behavior. One of the best ways to follow the path of an
individual’s behavior is to read a biography about that person. For this project, you will be the quot;investigating researcherquot;
who will explain the behavioral path of an individual you find interesting. This will include using the psychology theories
you have learned to explain the many influences involved with guiding individual’s life, and outcome benchmarks of the
person’s life. Your theory descriptions can come from your textbook or from credible, peer-reviewed, empirical, or
Additionally, as a good researcher would do, this project will include a section on ethical concerns of limitations and
biases. This aspect reaches back to research and the types of research used in an investigation. This includes looking at the
type of data or information a biography presents; qualitative in nature as opposed to quantitative, ethical concerns
regarding collecting the data or information, and human biases of telling the story accurately.
You may have read a biography in the past that you can reference, or you can find short biographies online depicting the
life of the person selected for this project. You can use one in-depth source for your biography or find many short
biographies to complete this project. There are many famous historical biographies, but this project is not limited to fame.
There are interesting artists, dancers, musicians, community leaders, everyday heroes, military soldiers etc. Find a person
that you want to investigate as your case study.
Choose a person with a published biography and write an 8- to 10-page case study investigation. Your case
study should be formatted and presented according to the order below.
Part 1: Biography and Influence (1.5 – 2 pages)
b ) Chronological Summary of
The introductory paragraphs of your paper should include:
a. A hook or anecdote to engage the audience
In the second part of the biography paper,
b. A thesis statement/argumen
provide a summary of the biography of the
What is your thesis or argument you are presenting
subject you read. Include a vivid, descriptive
about the person you’ve selected?
picture of your person’s history and
c. Three selected psychological theories.
What three theories are you going to choose to
What was happening in the person’s
support your argument?
family at the time? What was the family
d. Limitations, biases, and ethical concerns.
What limitations, biases, and ethical concerns do
What was the person’s family
you think you will encounter?
environment linke? Were there any
gender expectations put upon the
Hook/Thesis Statement Example:
Running a marathon is no easy feat, many people would
never dream of taking on such a task, but for Sammy
Example: If your subject was George
Wanjiru running is a way of life. Great runners are not
Washington, the main focus of your summary
porn running, so what makes them become champion
could be on his being the first president of the
United States and the life events that
ultimately shaped him into that person.Social Science