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Imagine you are now a professional psychologist working in the specialization that you aspire to. You are charged with creating professional development for an interdisciplinary team of professionals in your workplace on how theories, principles, and evidence-based best practices of cognitive and affective psychology can be used to help people in your work context.

For this assessment, you will write a briefing paper focused on the following topics:

  • Problem-solving and creativity.
  • Decision-making and reasoning.
  • Human and artificial intelligence.

Use the APA Paper Template [DOCX] linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading to complete this assessment. You will complete this assessment by replacing all instructional and sample text with your own words. (An abstract is not required for this assessment.)

Remember, your briefing paper is for an interdisciplinary team, so it will be important to communicate in a manner that can be understood by a those not trained in psychology. Be sure to include plain language definitions of psychological terms used in the paper.

Contents of the Paper

Title Page

On the title page, enter the following:

  • A descriptive title of approximately 5–15 words. It should stir interest while maintaining professional decorum.
  • Professional development for [enter the type of institutional context your paper is designed for].
  • Your name.
  • Your specialization.
  • Course number and title.
  • Capella University.
  • Faculty name.

Note: If this paper was written for an actual professional context, the entries under your name would be replaced by your job title, the name of your organization, and your contact information.


Briefly discuss in very general terms that how the three topics relate to each other and how they can be used to help people in your work context.

Topic Sections

The briefing paper will have three sections, each dedicated to one of the three topics. Within each section:

  • Analyze briefly the origins and evolution of each theory that you will reference in relation to the topic.
  • Explain how theories, principles, and evidence-based best practices related to the topic can be used to explain behavior and help people. Remember, these factors should be relevant to the context. For each of these:
  • Analyze how and to what extent brain physiology or neuroscience can provide an explanation of relevant phenomena.
  • Analyze how affective manifestations may impact cognitive performance.
  • Explain how theories and principles related to at least one of the topics in your paper apply to culturally diverse populations.
  • Explain one or more ethical issues that might arise in the application of theories and principles related to problem-solving, creativity, reasoning, or intelligence.
  • Cite the APA Code of Ethics or another code of ethics if it is more relevant to your area.


Conclude your paper with a succinct statement that sums up the utility of what you have written.


Cite references using current APA style and formatting guidelines.

Additional Requirements

Be sure your paper meets the following requirements:

  • Written communication: It should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
  • APA format: Use current APA style and formatting guidelines as they apply to this assessment.
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