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Assignment Questions

Behavior in terms of cognition

In this assignment very little reading is required; it is designed to assess your ability to think deeply and write well, rather than your ability to read widely. It contributes 35% of the total marks for the unit.

There are several tasks. The marks are divided up among them as follows:
Part A, 35%; Task 1 of Part B, 50%; Task 2 of Part B, 15%.
Altogether, what you submit is to be no more than 1500 words in length.

As you know, the second section of this unit presents various theories ? such as the Theory of Reasoned Action and the proposals of cognitive therapists ? that predict and explain behavior in terms of cognitions. The assignment concerns examples, drawn from the field of health psychology. A central question of this field is: What leads people to engage in behaviour (e.g., eating healthy food, exercising, not drinking to excess) that will help prevent them from developing illness (e.g., heart disease, cancer) in future? Cognitive theories of health behaviour propose that two important factors in this regard are people?s judgment of their risk of developing the illness in question and people?s judgment of the seriousness of the illness in question. Part A concerns the first, and Part B the second, of these factors.

The assignment is to be word-processed and printed out double-spaced. Pages must be numbered.
There is no need to cite references and provide a Reference List. There is no need for an overall Abstract for the assignment; the only Abstract you need to write is that for Task 2 of Part B.

As well as stating the number of words in the Abstract you write for Task 2 of Part B, you must state on the front page the total number of words in your whole assignment. This total count must be no more than 1500 words. You will need to organize the material very carefully and polish your writing well.

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