Ted Talk Assignment


TED Talk Assignment


  • Purpose:

The purpose of this assignment is for you to gain knowledge via viewing t an

informative TED Talk on a topic relevant to the material covered by this course (which I will provide you with). You’ll be sharing what you learned via typing a 2-3-page paper on the topic.

  • Directions:

Find a TED Talk on a topic relevant to this course. Make sure the talk is

at least ~15 minutes in length, it can be longer but try not to use one much shorter than this.

  • Make sure the host is a reputable expert in their field.
    • If you are uncertain as to whether or not a TED Talk is relevant, please share any questions you may have with me before you start writing the paper so I can provide further clarification from my professor or TA about anything that may be confusing about this prompt.)
      • Type and electronically submit a 2-3-page paper on what you learned from the TED Talk.
        •  Submit it as a WORD or PDF document.
  • Format of paper:
  • Make sure it has the standard TITLE PAGE used for this course
  • Length: Minimum 2 full pages and maximum 3 pages
  • Typed, double spaced.
  • Margins: 1in, all around
  • Pagination: make sure you have page number on every page, your choice as to whether or not you put a page number on the title page; numbers to appear either at the top right or bottom right corner.
  • No running head
  • Font: 12 point, Times New Roman or comparable.
  • You may use the first person.
  • Use WORD or PDF (PDF format is preferred)


*** Remember to include the standard TITLE Page for this course as the first page of this assignment; sample of title page at the end of this document ***

*** The first lines of the second page of the paper should contain the following headings, complete with the bold headings. Sample is below; these headings are to be single spaced ***


  • Sample:

Title: Can We Create New Senses for Humans?

Publisher: TED Talk

Date Viewed: May 20, 2020

Length of TED Talk: 20:34 minutes

Description: As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. His research into our brain processes has led him to create new interfaces — such as a sensory vest — to take in previously unseen information about the world around us.

Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/david_eagleman_can_we_create_new_senses_for_humans#t9935


**Skip two lines before you start the body of the paper**


  • Body of Paper:
  1. The first paragraph should be an introduction to the topic. It ought to contain:
  • The topic of the TED Talk
  • How you came to find it, why you are interested in it.
  • How it is relevant specifically to material covered in this course
  • Who the TED Talk is oriented toward (general public, medical students, parents, therapists, etc.)?
  1. The second, third and fourth paragraphs should discuss three central ideas or pieces of information that you learned from the TED Talk.
  • The first line of each of these paragraphs sought to begin with a phrase something like “the first thing I found interesting or learned was . . . .”
    • The first line of each of these three paragraphs ought to clearly tell the reader what the main idea is for that paragraph.
  • Each paragraph should be at least 5-6 sentences of thoughtful dialogue;
    • ***no “filler sentences” that simply restate something already mentioned or that do not add something new to a discussion***

– Provide examples; mention why you found this item interesting, what new did you learn, etc.?

  1. The final fifth paragraph briefly mentions, again, why the topic is relevant to material taught in this course, cite exactly how it is related.
  • For example, you might mention a certain chapter in the text or material covered in a lecture or student presentation.
    • Then, close this final paragraph with any personal reflections of your own.
  • How did it help you?
  • How might you use it?
  • What questions does it answer for you?
  • Who would you recommend this to? Etc.



The file named “TED Talk Assignment Directions” is the essay prompt. The seven other files I’ve uploaded is material from my class you can use to help write paper and base your chosen TED Talk video (at least ~15 minutes in length and the host is a reputable expert in their field) off of.

Here’s some additional general paper description info:

You will be viewing a TED Talk on any topic related to this course and writing a 3-page paper on your listening experience. Just make double sure that the TED Talk covers topics related to physiology, neurology, hormones, genetics (etc.) insofar as those biological mechanisms affect human behavior. If the TED Talk does not have a biological component, do not do it. You will not receive any credit. If in doubt, share the topic with the professor ahead of time.

Course material in our class’s textbook that can be used in TED Talk Paper:



Biological Psychology 12th Edition

By: Kalat, James W., Kalat, James

ISBN: 9781305465299

Topics to choose from (Ch 1-5):

  1. Ch 1 Nerve Cells and Nerve Impulses
  • Ex. the functions/operations of neurons and glia (the cells that constitute the central nervous system) & why proper functioning of these cells is critical in all human functioning (see file)
  1. Ch 2 Synapses
  • Ex.  neurotransmitter (such as Dopamine, Glutamate, GABA, Serotonin, Acetylcholine, or Norepinephrine) interactions with the CNS & PNS (see file)
  1. Ch 3 Anatomy and Research Methods
  • Ex. usage of ET Scans, MRIs, CTs, or fMRIs (see file)


  1. Ch 4 Genetics, Evolution, Development and Plasticity
  • Ex. brain development- Synaptogenesis (see file)
  1. Ch 5 Vision
  • Ex. the Visual Pathway (see file)

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