The question for the final essay is:
“Is human cognition unique from that of other animals? Why or why not?
This assignment is a positional paper. Be sure to support your answer with evidence. You may use (1) material from the course or your textbook, (2) a book, such as a textbook from another class, or (3) a peer-reviewed article, such as papers you’ve read in the course. You may not use any websites. If you use an unapproved source, your essay will be penalized 5 points.
If you use any material from class, you do not have to cite it UNLESS you use a quote that is word-for-word. Direct quotes should be used sparingly, if at all.
If you use any material from outside class, you MUST cite it using APA format, and include a reference list at the end of your essay. The reference list does not count towards the word limit.
- How to cite at the start of a sentence: Nelson et al. (2011)…
- How to cite at the end of a sentence: … (Nelson et al., 2011).
- How to cite a journal article in a reference list: Nelson, E.L., Berthier, N.E., Metevier, C.M., & Novak, M.A. (2011). Evidence for motor planning in monkeys: Rhesus macaques select efficient grips when transporting spoons. Developmental Science, 14, 822-831.
Your essay should at least 1,000 words in length (excluding references and title). In addition to your name, please provide a word count. You do not need a fancy title page.
Tips for Writing a Good Essay
- For inspiration, watch the Robert Sapolsky talk “The Uniqueness of Humans” (Links to an external site.).
- Take a few minutes to reflect on the course and create an outline before you start writing.
- The first paragraph of your essay should state your response to the essay question. There is no right or wrong answer, but you cannot effectively argue for both sides.
- The next 2-3 paragraphs will be your supporting evidence. Write one paragraph per idea to build momentum and coherence.
- Finally, your last paragraph should be a summary recapping all of your main points and linking your ideas together. When you’re finished, reread and proofread!