Psych week 7 | COUN 6220 – Psychology of Personality | Walden University


Think about the final project topic you selected in Week 1.Final Project Topics

  • Think about the final project topic you selected in Week 1.

Final Project Topics

Choose one of the following:

· Habits (their development and/or perpetuation)

· Risk-taking behavior

· Academic achievement (success and/or challenges)

· Post-traumatic stress disorder

· Healthy intimate relationships

· Group affiliations (e.g., religious, political, friendships, special interests)

· Pain management

· Occupational success and/or challenges

· Stereotypes (e.g., gender, racial, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status)

  • Select two theories you will address in your final project.
  • When selecting two theories, consider whether each theory could:
    • explain the origins and development of your topic
    • be used to develop strategies or programs to benefit human development relevant to your topic
    • address cultural differences or diversity considerations relevant to your topic
    • meet the characteristics of a good theory relevant to your topic
  • Keep in mind that the theories you select might not meet all these criteria; you will discuss the strengths and limitations of the theories as part of your final project.



Hock, R. R. (2020). Forty studies that changed psychology: Explorations into the history of Psychological research (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Chapter 3, “Learning and Cognition”Reading 3.1: “It’s Not Just About Salivating Dogs!”
Reading 3.2:” Little Emotional Albert”
Reading 3.3: “Knock Wood!”

Colwill, R. M. (2016). Classical conditioning. In H. L. Miller (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of theory in psychology (pp. 130–134). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Marr, M. J. (2016). Operant conditioning. In H. L. Miller (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of theory in psychology (pp. 627–631). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Moore, J. (2016). Behaviorism. In H. L. Miller (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of theory in psychology (pp. 89–94). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Document: Final Project Overview (PDF)

Document: Final Project Topics (Word document)

Document: Psychology Theories Template (Excel Spreadsheet)

Required Media

Walden University, LLC. (Producer) (2017). Behaviorism: Connectionism, classical conditioning [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 2 minutes.
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Walden University, LLC. (Producer) (2017). What is classical conditioning? [Multimedia file]. Baltimore, MD: Author. Retrieved from

Document: Walden University, LLC. (Producer) (2017). What is classical conditioning? [Transcript]. (PDF)

Walden University, LLC. (Producer) (2017). What is operant conditioning? [Multimedia file]. Baltimore, MD: Author. Retrieved from

Document: Walden University, LLC. (Producer) (2017). What is operant conditioning? [Transcript]. (PDF)

Optional Resources

Mattu, A. (Producer). (2017). What is classical conditioning? [Video file]. Retrieved from
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