Students may write up to two single-spaced two-page papers for extra credit (EC). In these papers you will apply psychological principles to explain a real-world event. To complete a paper, choose an event that can be described and explained through appeal to psychological principles. This event may be something that happened to you, that you observed happening to someone, or that you heard or read in the news. You may not write about an event that has already been discussed as part of the course. The first 1⁄2 page of your paper should be a summary of that event. The next 11⁄2 pages should be an explanation of the event, using psychological concepts to illuminate the actions, thoughts, and/or feelings of those involved. Use critical thinking skills and make as many connections to general principles discussed in the textbook as possible. Analysis in the paper based on introspection or literary exposition will receive no or partial credit; the experience described should be discussed or explained in terms of scientific psychological theories. Note that these papers are not meant to require additional research: they should be an application of knowledge already acquired through the course. Papers are graded on quality, as judged by the instructor, not simply completion.