APA Formatting and Proper Grammar- The paper should be written in APA formatting, including a title page, citations and references, and proper grammar throughout. All text should be written in Times New Roman 12-point font, double spaced, and the document should be saved as a Word document (i.e., in a .doc or .docx file format). You should cite at least two credible sources. Examples of valid sources include textbooks (such as your textbook for this class), peer-reviewed scientific articles, and papers or reports published by governmental agencies (i.e., the CDC). Writing should be clear and concise, filling at least two pages, not including the title and references page. It is preferred that the paper be fewer than five pages long, however, you will not lose points for a long paper unless it has other issues (i.e., contains extraneous information, excessive conjecture, etc). Formatting and grammar are worth ~17% of the assignment grade. Definition/Discussion- You should accurately define and discuss your topic, citing appropriate sources when providing definitional and other factual information pertaining to the topic. An accurate definition accounts for ~17% of the assignment grade. Importance- You should briefly discuss why the psychological topic is important to study. The importance of the topic may be illustrated with empirical information (such as prevalence rates or other empirically validated associations) or with more anecdotal information. Illustrating the importance of the topic accounts for ~17% of the assignment grade. History, Theories, and Evidence- You should provide a brief history of the topic or some aspect of the topic, which may include one or more theories and/or empirical evidence associated with the topic. For instance, if you choose to write about prejudice, you could provide a brief history of the prevalence, effects, or even recognition of prejudicial treatment in our society. Alternatively, you could talk about a theory or evidence indicating why some individuals may be more prone to prejudice, or how certain situations or responses can increase/decrease the likelihood for prejudicial treatment. History, theories, and evidence accounts for ~17% of the assignment grade. Topic Example- You should provide some sort of real-life example relating to your topic. Such an example may be incorporated into the above requirements, such as when discussing the definition, importance, or history of the topic. Conversely, you may choose to provide a separate section for this real-life example of your topic, particularly, if most of the rest of your paper is talking in more academic or theoretical terms. Providing a relevant example for your topic accounts for ~17% of the assignment grade. Critical Analysis and Synthesis- Critically analyze and/or synthesize information pertaining to the topic to suggest thought-provoking questions or predictions regarding the future of the topic. Such a critique may include, but is not limited to, comparing or questioning theories, research methods, or evidence. Analysis and synthesis accounts for ~17% of the assignment grade. It is good form to begin the paper with an introductory paragraph, and end with a concluding one. Furthermore, it would be better if you define the topic towards the beginning of your paper. Aside from this basic structure, I am not too picky about the order in which the information is presented, as long as you satisfy the requirements listed above.