Project 2: Annotated Bibliography

Breckler, Steven J. “Psychological Science in the Digital Age.” Psychological Science in
       the Digital Age
. APA, Oct. 2011. Web. 09 June 2012

This article explains modifications and updated technology sources that Psychologists use to complement their research.

Saab, Patrice G., Alan J. Christensen, Suzanne B. Johnson, Edward Stepanski, Helen
       L. Coons, Judith R. McCalla, Robert Kaplan, Mark D. Ackerman, David S. Krantz,
       and Barbara Melamed. “Technological and Medical Advances: Implications for
       Health Psychology.” Diss. UCLA, 2004. Web. 09 June 2012
This article describes medical technological advancements that have been made, and could potentially affect the field of Health Psychology. 

Dickey, R. A. “Perceived Risks and Benefits of Emerging Technologies in Professional
       Psychology.” George Fox University, 2012. United States — Oregon: 
       Dissertations & Theses (PQDT); ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I; ProQuest
       Dissertations & Theses A&I. 
Web. 11 June 2012.

This article makes the argument for and against modern technological advancements in the professional field of Psychology.  

MSU Library Guide

Hello Future Spartan!
Welcome to MSU! As a veteran Spartan, I can guarantee that you’ll love campus, classes, and being a Spartan in general. Your first year will be tough, but as long as you have the resources to get you through, you’ll do great!
Which is where this PSA comes in… Hopefully you’ll get enough information out of this that you’ll be able to navigate through the MSU Online Library like a pro!

First off, go directly to the MSU Libraries page ( Once this page loads, you’ll see the main screen, which has links to many resources you’ll end up using throughout your career at MSU. At the top, you’ll see a “General Info” link, which gives information about RCPD, Library hours and locations, different collections held in different libraries, etc. There are also links to “Resources” (describes how to locate articles, books, e-resources, indexes and databases, etc.), “Research Help”, a “How-To…” guide for different procedures that occurs in the library. There are also links for “Computers” (which gives descriptions about the computers that are available throughout the library, how to print, the internet connection, etc.) and a “Contact” link, which gives information about how to connect to a librarian, etc. There’s even a “Ask a Librarian” link at the very top of the page! How convenient!

From the main page, click on “Undergraduate Page”, under “Quick Links”. This will then take you to….well,….the Undergraduate Library page. From here, you can use ProQuest to do research on different subjects, and even type in keywords to find books that will be helpful to you in your research journey.  There’s even this little widget that can help map out your next research project or paper. It allows you to type in the start date, and due date, and spreads out work. Trust me, this makes life a little easier, especially while balancing other classwork in the process.

Something you’ll need knowledge of right off the bat for your writing classes is the difference between types of sources. Specifically, the difference between a Primary sources and a Secondary source. Primary sources are usually composed of bits of history that provide information about first-hand experiences. Such primary sources are comprised of: letters, oral documentaries, etc. Since these are first-person accounts of history, they are not edited nor toyed with. 
Secondary sources, on the other hand, are articles, journals, etc. written by scientists and historians that interpret the primary sources to modern prose.

Hopefully this helped, even just a little bit. I wish you luck and success during your stay at MSU! Go Green!

End of Project 1

Well, I can’t say that I am proud of my efforts on Project 1. I wasn’t able to turn in my work on time, which led me to believe that I need to work harder (and faster) in order to complete my assignments on time.

I’m not happy with my efforts, but hopefully, Project 2 will turn out a lot better.

Cell Phone Novels?

There are times when I am forced to read novels for classes, and other times when I read novels as a way to pass time. Either way, reading has always been a hard thing for me to do. However, I found Goodyear’s article rather interesting. This was my first encounter with a recollection of a “cell phone novel”. I had never actually believed that people could write anything more than a reminder note, or calendar event on their cell phone, until now (maybe because I would not have the patience to keep my eyes on something so small, and submit it via the internet). Typing on a cell phone can be rather difficult, so I commend these writers for putting in the time and effort for getting their stories across using their cell phones. I can honestly say I am a pretty efficient typer and user of my cell phone, but I can’t imagine how hard it would be to use this platform as a way to tell a story. It’s rather interesting to me that these people can write something as easily as breathing. They are able to captivate readers, and share their stories with finesse and delicacy.

A research question that could have been posed is: how valuable and effective is writing from a cell phone to get a story across? Goodyear describes how these authors are able to establish their story bases and plots using information from their own lives and pasts. This is what creates a great storyline, and hooks readers for wanting more. She also discusses that these love stories are aimed more at women (especially since we can be a little more emotional  ….blame the hormones, right?). She uses examples from stories about forbidden love, love triangles, rape, abortions, marriage, etc. Again, these are all “womanly” topics, usually not aimed towards the male audience.

Another question Goodyear could have been researching is: “Where do cell phone novels originate from?”. She gives many examples of storytellers being from Japan, so one could only assume that Japanese culture gave birth to such a thing. Goodyear enlightens her audience by describing how most of these stories come from Japan, and typically talk in length about issues that affect girls in Japanese culture. Girls are seen as inferior in Japan, which is why they need to come up with a custom pen-name in order for their story to be succesful.

This article was very inspiring, and I feel like writing out a story based on your life, unedited, is something I will probably try in the future.

Writing as a Psychology Major

As a Psychology major, I’ve had to read many scientific articles and papers published through the APA. As for writing myself, I have had to write two formal research papers for two classes using APA-style formatting, MLA-style formatted papers, and displays of competency for my spanish classes.

What I Have Read:

  • Scientific Articles
  • Textbooks (relating to Psychology and other subjects I have taken)
  •  Newspaper Articles
  • Magazine Articles
  • Peer-Reviewed Papers

What I Have Written:

  •  Basic writing for Spanish classes
  • Formal research papers
  • Informal in-class writing

Technologies That I’ve Used Within My Major:

  • Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel
  • SPSS
  • iClicker 
  • ProQuest

Project 2 Review

- Since this is mostly a journalistic-type of composition, are we allowed to integrate personal testimonies and anecdotes into our writing?

- In regards to sources, is MLA formatting fine?

I think I need to reread the Project 2 outline in order to get a better feel for this assignment. If I don’t understand something, I’ll be sure to email Ms. Platt for a follow-up.

"How have advancements in technology affected research in psychology?"

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Questions for Project 2

My major is Psychology.

1) What does “technological literacy” mean for a psychologist?
2) What kind of writing is to be expected from a psychologist?
3) What types of things should a psychologist be basing their writing on?
4) How often do psychologists write?
5) If (and when?) I become a psychologist, what kinds of technologies will be required for me to be successful?
6) Who will my audience be?
7) How often do I get to interact with people?
8) Who are some famous psychologists that I should know about?
9) How often is research integrated in writing and everyday jargon?
10) Is there a need for higher education to become a psychologist?
11) Are there other jobs related to the field of psychology if pursuing higher education is not an option?
12) How have advancements in technology affected research psychologists do on a daily basis?
13) What are some general areas of study for psychologists?
14) Where do they (general areas of psychology) originate from?
15) What kind of courses should a psychology major take in order to become well-educated in this field?
16) Why do so many people pursue an undergraduate degree in psychology? 

Project 1 Thesis

As technology advances, the world of the handheld gaming consoles has started to become updated and modified to fit users’ needs. In this respect, as one of the first handheld consoles to become successful, the Nintendo Gameboy has allowed different cultures to come together to celebrate the art of video games with the touch of a button.