PSYC FPX 3500 Assessment 1 Popular Versus Scholarly Sources
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PSYC FPX 3500 Assessment 1 Popular Versus Scholarly Sources

PSYC FPX 3500 Assessment 1 Popular Versus Scholarly Sources


Capella University

PSYC FPX 3500 Learning and Cognition

Prof. Name


Popular Versus Scholarly Sources Worksheet


  • Select a popular media source like a video or a website on a cognitive psychology topic in your course text.
  • Provide the full reference for the source.
  • Summarize the content of the source using bullet points in complete sentences or a 5–8 sentence paragraph.
  • Identify at least three peer-reviewed journal articles on the topic covered in the source and explain their relevancy to the topic. Provide the full references of the articles in APA format.
  • Compare and contrast information provided in the source with the three articles by answering the following questions:
    • What information provided by the popular source is supported by research or information provided in the articles?
    • What if any information in the articles conflicts with the popular source?
    • Do you consider the media source you selected to be valid? Why or why not?
    • What questions do you have about the topic based on your analysis?
  • How can the topic you reviewed be applied to the real world? Feel free to also illustrate with examples. Then complete all pages of this worksheet, including the self-evaluation. Be sure to use full sentences (grammar counts), evidence from relevant sources, and APA-style citations.

Media Evaluation Directions Responses

Selected Topic:

The relationship between trauma and Episodic Memory.

Full Reference for the Source:

NICABM. (2019, May 19). How trauma hijacks a client’s memory, with Peter Levine. YouTube. Retrieved October 10, 2022, from

Summary of the Content:

Peter Levine stated that memory can be heavily influenced by horrific experiences and briefly discussed how trauma directly affects one’s episodic memory. Episodic memories, which stem from experiences, can persist almost indefinitely due to traumatic events. However, the mind can also suppress these experiences as a protective mechanism, potentially leaving gaps in one’s psyche, leading to confusion and dissociation.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  1. Brewin, C. R. (2014). Episodic memory, perceptual memory, and their interaction: Foundations for a theory of posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychological Bulletin, 140(1), 69-97.
  2. Dolcos, F., Iordan, A. D., Kragel, J., Stokes, J., Campbell, R., McCarthy, G., & Cabeza, R. (2013). Neural correlates of opposing effects of emotional distraction on working memory and episodic memory: An event-related FMRI investigation. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 293-293.
  3. Forest, M., & Blanchette, I. (2018). Memory for neutral, emotional and trauma-related information in sexual abuse survivors. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 9(1), 1476439-10.

Relevance of Articles:

  • The first article investigates theories of PTSD and the interaction between memory systems and traumatic events, directly relevant to the topic.
  • The second article explores the neural mechanisms of emotion-induced episodic memory enhancement and working memory impairment after traumatic experiences.
  • The third article examines how trauma affects episodic memory in survivors of sexual abuse, providing insights into the long-term impact of traumatic events.

PSYC FPX 3500 Assessment 1 Popular Versus Scholarly Sources

Comparison and Contrast:

  • The popular source’s assertion about the mind suppressing traumatic experiences aligns with research indicating enhanced memory for emotionally arousing events, as stated in Brewin (2014).
  • However, Dolcos et al. (2013) suggest that emotional distracters can impair episodic memory overall, potentially conflicting with the popular source’s notion of selective memory suppression.
  • Considering the validity, the media source presents valid information supported by empirical research, as evidenced by Forest and Blanchette (2018), which confirms the impact of trauma on episodic memory.

Questions Raised:

Though gaps may form due to trauma, can specific event memories ever be fully restored?

Application to the Real World:

Understanding the relationship between episodic memory and trauma can foster empathy and patience, especially in contexts where memory discrepancies arise. For instance, in legal proceedings involving trauma survivors, knowledge of memory mechanisms can inform judgments about the reliability of witness testimony.





Summarizes the content of a popular media source Distinguished Clearly summarized the content of the media source that relates to the topic.
Identifies three peer-reviewed journal articles Distinguished Three peer-reviewed journal articles were provided with a summary of their relevancy to the topic and proper APA format.
Compares and contrasts information with peer-reviewed articles Distinguished Clearly compared and contrasted the media source with peer-reviewed articles, demonstrating the validity of the source.
Describes real-world application of the topic Distinguished Provided a comprehensive description of how the topic can be applied in real-world contexts, with relevant examples.

PSYC FPX 3500 Assessment 1 Popular Versus Scholarly Sources