Research Paper
The Research Paper consists of the learner selecting a topic from the list below which is related to the Course content and researching the topic using at least five scholarly resources (including a minimum of two from the Ashford Online Library). The topic to be explored should have a limited scope and a defined specific area. Additionally, the research paper should demonstrate understanding in the area of the Psychology of Criminal Behavior. This research paper is intended to challenge the learner to explore current research that focuses on the cognitive aspects of criminal offenders by delving into their perceptions, reasoning, beliefs, decision making, and attitudes.

Select one of the topics below:
• Homicide
Family Violence
• Multiple Murder
• Sexual Assault
• Arson
• Substance Abuse and Crime
• Mental Disorders and Crime
Within the Research Paper, address the following, in relation to the selected topic:
1. Explore current research that focuses on the cognitive aspects of criminal offenders.
2. Analyze the perceptions, reasoning, beliefs, decision making, and attitudes of criminal offenders .
3. Apply psychological theories, referencing strengths, limitations, and applications of each, in relation to criminal behavior.
4. Illustrate sociological theories, referencing strengths, limitations, and applications of each, in relation to criminal behavior.
Writing the Research Paper
The Research Paper:
• Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title and reference page), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
• Must include a title page with the following:
o Title of paper
o Student’s name
o Course name and number
o Instructor’s name
o Date submitted
• Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
• Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
• Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
• Must use at least five scholarly resources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford Online Library.
• Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
• Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.