PSY510 Southern New Hampshire University Conversion therapy discussion

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In everyday life, we are regularly exposed to various claims about human psychology and human behavior. While some of these claims may be scientifically valid, many of them are not. Choose a psychological claim about which you are skeptical. If you are having trouble thinking of one, think about common areas of pseudoscience that you may have heard about (e.g., astrology, ESP, hypnosis) to help you generate ideas. In your paper, develop a research question that you have about the claim. Discuss how the scientific method could be used to test your research question as compared to one of the other methods mentioned in the module (method of tenacity, method of authority, a priori method).

For additional details, please refer to the Short Paper: The Scientific Skeptic Guidelines and Rubric document which is attached! Please follow the rubric and instructions exactly!

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PSY 510 Short Paper 1: The Scientific Skeptic Guidelines and Rubric Overview This short paper assignment will require you to apply the scientific method to a psychological claim that you are skeptical about. Prompt In everyday life, we are regularly exposed to various claims about human psychology and human behavior. Whereas some of these claims may be scientifically valid, many of them are not. Choose a psychological claim about which you are skeptical. If you are having trouble thinking of one, think about common areas of pseudoscience that you may have heard about: astrology, ESP, hypnosis, etc. to maybe get an idea. In your paper, develop a research question that you have about the claim. Discuss how the scientific method could be used to test your research question as compared to one of the other methods mentioned in the module (method of tenacity, method of authority, a priori method). Your paper should include all of the following elements:  Your chosen psychological claim about which you are skeptical  Your research question about your chosen claim  An explanation of how the scientific method can be applied to test your hypothesis  A comparison how the application of the scientific method to the hypothesis compares to one of the other methods mentioned in this module Guidelines for Submission: Your paper must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document with double spacing, standard font (12-point Times New Roman or 11point Calibri) and one-inch margins. This paper should be a minimum of three pages (not including cover page and references). Rubric Critical Elements Psychological Claim Chosen Research Question Application of Scientific Method to Research Question Comparison to Other Method Articulation of Response Proficient (100%) States chosen psychological claim Needs Improvement (80%) States claim that is not closely related to psychology. Not Evident (0%) Does not state a chosen psychological claim Creates a testable research question about chosen claim Creates a research question about chosen claim but it is not testable Provides incomplete explanation of how the scientific method can be applied to test the research question Provides an incomplete explanation of how the scientific method compares to one of the other methods mentioned in the module Does not state a research question about chosen claim 10 Does not illustrate how the scientific method can be applied to test the research question about the chosen claim Does not compare the application of the scientific method to one of the other methods mentioned in the module 30 Submission has some errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas 20 Illustrates how the scientific method can be applied to test the research question about chosen claim Explains how the application of the scientific method compares to one of the other methods mentioned in the module and makes connections to the readings Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization Earned Total Value 10 30 100% ...
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Conversion therapy is an intervention strategy that aims at converting same-sex
attractions to heterosexual outcomes. According to the American Psychology Association, there
are various techniques that therapist use to alter same-sex orientations. These techniques include
inducing nausea, paralysis or vomiting into the victim while showing homoerotic images,
applying electric shocks, having a person snap an elastic band around the waist when aroused by
same-sex orientations, orgasm reconditioning and satiation therapy (Ludwig, 2016). The
psychologists also train the patients on heterosexual dating skills and use hypnosis, a process of
altering a person's thoughts, to redirect arousals and desires.
However, controversies are surrounding the treatment method with some individuals
insisting on its ineffectiveness. For instance, the American Psychology Association instructs
parents and guardians to shun away from sexual orientation change efforts such as conversion
therapy that portray same-sex habits as a developmental disorder or mental illness. However, the
organization insists on the importance of psychotherapy, educational services, and social support
to promote an understanding of sexual orient...

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