What effects does borderline personality disorder have on cognition? Are people with borderline personality disorder cognitively impaired? Critically evaluate the literature and, based on research evidence, present a strong argument that justifies your conclusions

What effects does borderline personality disorder have on cognition? Are people with borderline

personality disorder cognitively impaired? Critically evaluate the literature and, based on research

evidence, present a strong argument that justifies your conclusions

Attachments:PSY2COG MAJOR ESSAY 2020
Students must complete one 1500 word major essay on one of the following topics (due 4pm Monday May
25, 2020).
The major essay will be the focus of the activities in the Week 8 COG tutorial.
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TOPICS
1. What effects does bipolar disorder have on cognition? Are people with bipolar disorder
cognitively impaired? Critically evaluate the literature and, based on research evidence, present a
strong argument that justifies your conclusions.
Example starting references:
Adida, M., Jollant, F., Clark, L., Besnier, N., Guillaume, S., et al. (2011). Trait-related decision-making
impairment in the three phases of bipolar disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 70(4), 357-365. doi:
10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.01.018
Najt, P., Glahn, D., Bearden, C.E., Hatch, J.P., Monkul, E.S., Kaur, S., et al. (2005). Attention deficits in
bipolar disorder: a comparison based on the Continuous Performance Test. Neuroscience Letters, 379(2),
122-126. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2004.12.051
2. What effects does borderline personality disorder have on cognition? Are people with borderline
personality disorder cognitively impaired? Critically evaluate the literature and, based on research
evidence, present a strong argument that justifies your conclusions.
Example starting references:
Minzenberg, M.J., Poole, J.H., & Vinogradov, S. (2006). Social-emotion recognition in borderline
personality disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 47(6), 468-474. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2006.03.005
Stevens, A., Burkhardt, M., Hautzinger, M., Schwartz, J., & Unckel, C. (2004). Borderline personality
disorder: impaired visual perception and working memory. Psychiatry Research, 125(3), 257-267. doi:
10.1016/j.psychres.2003.12.011
3. What effects does anorexia nervosa have on cognitive function? Are people with a diagnosis of
anorexia nervosa cognitively impaired? Critically evaluate the literature and, based on research
evidence, present a strong argument that justifies your conclusions.
Example starting references:
Lindner, S.E., Fichter, M.M., & Quadflieg, N. (2012). Decision-making and planning in full recovery of
anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45 (7), 866–875. doi: 10.1002/eat.22025
Nikendei, C., Funiok, C., Pfüller, U., Zastrow, A., Aschenbrenner, S., et al. (2011). Memory performance in
acute and weight-restored anorexia nervosa patients. Psychological Medicine, 41, 829-838. doi:
10.1017/S0033291710001121
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Any essays going over the prescribed 1500 word limit will be penalised. You should aim to write clearly and
simply, providing a logical and well-structured answer to the essay question.
The topics ask you to evaluate the impact of 1) bipolar disorder, 2) borderline personality disorder, or 3)
anorexia nervosa on cognition to determine whether people who have the disorder are cognitively impaired.
As 1500 words is not enough to offer an in-depth analysis of all cognitive functions, your essay should
focus on 2 or 3 cognitive functions (e.g., language and attention; memory and problem solving; facial
recognition and social cognition) –– by focussing on 2 or 3 cognitive functions, you can generalize to
cognition more broadly and answer the question clearly and confidently.
Depth of understanding, clarity of argument and economy of expression will be rewarded. Remember, your
job is to provide a clear, evidence-based answer the essay question – do not just summarise the research
papers/textbook/lectures/tutorials! (And of course, be very careful to avoid academic
misconduct/plagiarism).
Make sure your essay is on topic, i.e., that it really speaks to the issue you have chosen as your essay
question. It is important to write a coherent argument – the opening paragraphs should tell your reader
where the essay is heading, brief pointers along the way should clearly indicate what the evidence implies
and how it relates to the essay question, and a concluding paragraph (or two) should make your answer to
the question and position on the issue clear. Only include research evidence that is relevant to the topic,
and thus builds a compelling answer to the essay question.
Evidence of having read (and understood!) at least five original experimental papers is expected for this
essay. In addition you may choose to include information from reviews and meta-analyses to support your
interpretations of the original experimental articles, however reviews and meta-analyses are not counted as
part of the “five original experimental papers”.
Each of the topics includes the details of two suggested starting references – bear in mind that these are
only suggestions (citing these particular papers is NOT a marking criterion!).
Make sure you base your essay on reliable academic resources (i.e., original journal articles you’ve read.
Hint : Wikipedia is NOT a reliable academic resource!).