Psy4500/week 5 – assignment: evaluate diversity research


For this task you will examine the experiments of Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark, and Dr. Sandra Bem. Describe and analyze each of these experiments. You will prepare two separate analyses; for each analysis, include the following:

  • A brief summary of the study
  • A one paragraph explanation of   the background in the field leading up to the study, and the reasons the researchers carried out the project.
  • The significance of the study to the field of psychology.
  • A brief discussion of supportive or contradictory follow-up research findings and subsequent questioning or criticism from others in the field.  
  • A summary of at least one recent experiment (within the past two years) that is related to the seminal experiment (Hint: Excellent sources for recent research summaries are the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science).
  • Reflect on the work of Bem and the Clarks.  What critical issue do you think you would be interested in trying to solve as a psychologist?
  • Would you be interested in doing research to approach the issue? What other forms of action, as a psychologist, might you be able to take to address this issue?
  • What additional training or experience might you need to do so effectively?

Length: 3 – 3.5 pages

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to the topic.  Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.  Be careful to adhere to Northcentral’s Academic Integrity Policy.