Capella University Adolescent and Cognitive Development

  • Adolescent Cognitive Development

    In this unit, you had a chance to learn about how the adolescent brain develops. Apply what you have learned to one of the possible decisions faced by adolescents below:

    • Whether or not to engage in sexual activity with a dating partner.
    • Whether or not to drink alcohol.
    • Whether or not to cheat on an assignment.
    • Whether or not to get a summer job.
    • Whether or not to get into a physical fight.

    For your chosen topic, address the following:

    • Describe the factors that influence an adolescent’s cognitive development and decision-making processes.
      • Include relationship, cultural, and environmental factors.
    • Identify the biological and cognitive perspectives of adolescent development.
      • Describe how the biological and cognitive perspective would explain an adolescent’s decision making.
    • Identify family patterns that may influence cognitive development.
      • Describe how family patterns might explain an adolescent’s cognitive development and decision making.

    Submission Requirements

    The resources introduced in the second study in Unit 1 can help you in writing and formatting your paper.

    • Communication: Apply critical thinking and communication skills concerning adolescent psychology in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and respectful.
      • Use higher order thinking skills that go beyond simply summarizing issues.
      • Your writing should contain no grammatical or spelling errors.
    • Resources: Be sure to support the paper with concepts from your assigned reading. Include at least two peer-reviewed, scholarly resources, which are no more than five years old.
    • APA Guidelines: Use current edition APA style and formatting for your writing and references.
      • Cite course materials and supplemental journal articles using APA style in-text references and a reference list.
      • Consult study resources to help you in writing and formatting your paper.
    • Length: Your paper should be 2–3 pages in length, excluding the title and reference pages.
    • Size and Font: Times New Roman, 12 point.

    Read the Adolescent Cognitive Development Scoring Guide prior to submitting your assignment to ensure you have met all of the expectations of this assignment.Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.