Biopsychology: Draft of Research Investigation
This week you will complete a draft of your research paper. The draft should include all the critical elements of the final paper. Please review the Milestone Three Rubric before completing the draft to be sure that you have included all the elements and cited the required number of sources. Reach out to your instructor if you are unsure of what to include, and be sure to incorporate earlier feedback on your topic into the draft.
Overview: For this milestone, due in Module Five, you will submit a draft of your final paper. Your instructor will give you feedback on your paper to help you
improve it for the final version. Do the best possible job on your draft; the more closely it meets the final requirements, t he less editing you will have to do on
the final version, which is due in Module Seven. Your draft should incorporate the instructor feedback gained thus far in the course. It will also be important for
you to apply the feedback you receive from this draft to your final submission. 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.
Prompt: You may use material from your Topic Proposal and Literature Review Worksheet and discussion posts, as these assignments were based directly on the
final paper requirements. Their purpose was to help you gather material to use in the final paper. The research investigation paper requires seven references to
meet the literature review requirements in the rubric. You may use references from the milestones or substitute other appropriate references, as long as you
use a total of seven. Follow the rubric requirements very closely, since your grade is based on how well your draft meets the requirements in each of the rubric
Be sure to use the Final Project Paper Template as a guide to ensure you meet all of the requirements. The template is formatted in APA style, which you must
use in your final submission.
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
II. 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 biopsychology, 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 claims.
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,
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
Guidelines for Submission: Your research investigation draft should be at least 4 pages, double spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font and APA formatting.
(Note: Your final submission, due in Module Seven, should be 4–6 pages