Reaction Paper (100 points)
Your reaction paper will be written using the American Psychological Association (APA) style and format, 6th edition. Your first step in the writing process will be to view the APA Video Tutorial located at the top of your Moodle page in the right hand corner.
Your paper will be an analysis of one or more movie characters from a movie selected from the list provided below.This paper is NOT a summary of the movie; you will use at least three (3) major concepts (not just terms) from your textbook and analyze the character(s) in the movie using these psychological concepts to explain why they act the way they do in the movie.
In addition to using the concepts in the textbook as references, you will also support the statements in your paper using peer-reviewed articles from credible resources that provide research-based information to help explain your character’s behavior. Your reference page should include a minimum of five (5) references, one reference to your textbook and four additional resources.
When writing the analysis of your movie character (the body of the paper), you should refer to your textbook and additional references to support your ideas of why the character is behaving in a certain manner.The body of the paper should be a minimum of four full pages and no longer than 5 pages.In-text citations using APA formatting should be made in the body of your paper when using your reference material.
Your final paper will consist of a title page, abstract page, reference page and an analysis of the movie character (body of paper) based on the topics in the book – approximately 4-7 pages total. Your paper is due on MONDAY, March 26 and will be turned in before class with the grading rubric (posted on Moodle) stapled to the top of your paper. If you do not submit your paper on the due date, 10 points will be deducted each day it is late.
Movie List (select one):
Awakenings (1990).Based on a true story by neurologist Oliver Sacks, this film portrays Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) as a psychiatrist in charge of patients who are apparently catatonic.He achieves success, albeit temporary, via neuropharmacology aimed at increasing dopamine levels in the brain.
Regarding Henry (1991).Henry (Harrison Ford) is a ruthless and driven lawyer who sustains a gunshot wound to the head during an interrupted robbery. What results is amnesia as well as a significant change in his personality.The film focuses on his recovery as he comes to terms with the person he once was.
Legends of the Fall (1994).Tristan (Brad Pitt) falls from innocence as he embarks on a journey into the darkest secrets of love, betrayal, and the unbreakable bonds of blood.This movie portrays an evolution over a lifespan of joy, hate, compassion, and rites of passage.
At First Sight (1996).Val Kilmer stars as a man who has been blind since birth and has learned to relate to the world through his sense of touch.The movie illustrates his experiences following experimental surgery to restore his vision.
50 First Dates (2004). A romantic comedy about young adult love in which Adam Sandler portrays a young man who falls in love with a girl (Drew Barrymore) with an unusual type of memory loss.She maintains memories throughout the day, but every night she loses those new memories and awakens the next day starting over.Sandler’s character must find new and effective methods of winning her affections every day.
Still Alice (2014).Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband (Alec Baldwin) and three grown children (Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish). When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever.
American Sniper (2015). Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris (Bradley Cooper) finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind