PSYC 100 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
Scientific Analysis Paper 03 – Concussions
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS – READ AND FOLLOW THESE CAREFULLY
1. Prepare your response to the prompts below using your preferred software (e.g., Microsoft Word) and save your
2. I highly recommend utilizing a network-based drive to ensure that you do not risk losing your work should a
computer die, get lost or be stolen. There are many options available (e.g., https://umd.box.com/)
3. Strong answers generally require between 400-500 words in total. Please do not exceed 500 words for the
entire assignment… you should be able to provide a clear, detailed but concise answer.
4. Do not use any direct quotes from any source. Always paraphrase. If you use any source as a reference, you
should be sure to describe it (briefly) in a way that makes it clear what ideas came from them and which are your
own, but you do NOT need to use official APA citation formatting. See http://ter.ps/psycethics for
PSYC 100 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
SA-03 WRITING PROMPT
STEP 1: Visit the Mayo Clinic website on Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) for a brief overview
of the symptoms associated with repeated head trauma. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) https://mayocl.in/2DCtmBv
Now watch a TED Talk by David Camarillo (2016) that goes into some more detail on what happens to
the brain during a concussion.
Why Helmets Don’t Prevent Concussions -- and What Might - http://bit.ly/2PvdW3C
STEP 2: Now imagine that you are writing a formal letter to your elected representative urging them to
support legislation with new safety standards for helmets and protective headgear. You can find your
elected representative in the House here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/findyourrepresentative. Or you can compose a letter to your elected Senator. If you’d like to compose a
letter to your representative in the Maryland state government, you can find your representative here:
http://www.mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&tab=subject6 Find your
elected representative’s contact information and utilize it in your essay.
Please note: I am not asking you to actually mail the letter. You are demonstrating the communication
skill of crafting a professional letter, and the contact information you insert for practice in doing so. Part
of the writing quality assessment for this assignment will be on its formatting: Please format your paper
as a formal letter exactly like one of the samples provided, but give a fake name and address for
STEP 3: The ability to format a formal letter is an important professional skill, and whether you
demonstrate that skill may determine whether or not a job application is even read by employers scanning
cover letters. Whether or not you have previous experience with this, take some time to review the
specifics by visiting Purdue Online Writing Lab’s resource: Writing the Basic Business Letter http://bit.ly/2DCwuNL
STEP 4: Formatting your letter exactly like one of the samples provided for you on Purdue’s website,
write a letter to the appropriate politician addressing all of the points below. Your letter should be
personable but professional.
In your letter, please address the following points:
● Your legislator may not know much about CTE and its major symptoms, so provide a brief
summary in your own words of what exactly CTE is, and what kinds of psychological issues it is
associated with. Optionally, you may also discuss the limitations of research on CTE.
● Address the misconceptions about what happens to the brain during the impact and movement
associated with concussions and clarify how it is actually affected. Briefly discuss 2 likely
misconceptions from the CDC video about concussions that Camarillo mentions in his talk. Be
specific about the brain structure most affected during a concussive incident and what this brain
structure is generally responsible for (refer back to unit 05-E in OpenPSYC).
● Briefly summarize why current helmet safety standards are not sufficient to prevent concussions
and offer your own argument for why they should support new laws calling for new standards.
You should specifically mention what purpose helmets were originally designed for.
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