Three Research-Reflection-Synthesis Briefs (20% each for a total of 60% of course
grade) – These brief (3-4 page) topical reports will require you to synthesize current
research in the field of cross-cultural psychology, your own observations and reflections,
along with the textbook and lecture material.
“Foundations and Research Methods”
Please answer the following questions and prompts in a 3-4 page narrative that demonstrates a
personal understanding of the material. Provide detailed examples from your own
experiences that illustrate the concepts; if possible, discuss how this information might be
relevant to your future career; whenever possible, define concepts with your own words. Please
answer EACH of the six questions.
❖ What are the THREE components to the definition of ‘culture’, according to Cohen (2009)
and our extensive discussion in lecture? Do these help you to more fully grasp/identify
❖ One theme of this course is that we are ‘multicultural’ individuals. How can this be so?
EXPLAIN this idea based on your own experiences.
❖ According to your text’s authors, “pop” culture does not count as culture proper. They cite
two different reasons, OTHER than the trendiness aspect of pop culture, as to why they
come to this conclusion. Name and describe ONE of their arguments or rationales.
❖ In cross-cultural research on the Big Five personality inventory, which specific behavior at
the item-level (remember there were 240 items!) was singled out as specifically problematic
❖ How did the McCrae et. al (2005) study of “The Big Five” ensure ‘procedural and linguistic
equivalence? Reflect on this process – suppose you were conducting a cross-cultural
study. How would you go about ensuring these equivalences?
❖ Why did the McCrae et. al (2005) researchers ask their participants to rate somebody else
rather than themselves? Explain the reasoning behind this design decision and whether you
think it rings true (that is, that the concern is valid).
❖ You need to submit these briefs ONLINE via our course D2L page (using the dropbox
function) by the day and time that it is due. Briefs CANNOT be made up, unless strong
supportive documentation is provided. This is to maintain fairness to all students. Papers
should be submitted as Word *.docs with double-spaced with one-inch margins and 12 pt when citing AP STYLE.
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