Everyone will have an opportunity to make corrections to the journal assignment if you are way off track. Go ahead and submit your assignment by the due date, and if you need to make major adjustments, I’ll let you know what you need to do.
Select an article reporting the results of psychological research from a professional psychological journal that has been published within the last five (5) years. (Choose a topic that can be found in the textbook.)
You MUST select a research report that contains some of the following elements of scientific research: Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, and References. Do NOT select a Psychology Today or other popular magazine article.
(Follow the GALILEO information posted below.)
Using a standard font style and 12 point font size, respond to each item below. Copy and BOLD the items into a Word document, and distinguish your answers from the questions. Remember, I am not looking for a narrative. Just answer the questions. Write in your own words. Do NOT copy from your journal article. Demonstrate critical thinking by giving substance to your answers.
Please double-space your whole paper.
Author(s) of article:
Title of article:
Page numbers of article:
What were the researchers investigating?
Who or what were the participants in the study, how many were there, what were their characteristics, and where did they come from?
Were these participants divided into different groups (e.g., an experimental group and control group)? If so, describe and explain how they were treated or tested differently.
What observations were made or what tests were given or what data was collected?
Does this study seem to fit one of the basic types of research as mentioned in module 2 (survey, naturalistic observation, correlational research, experiment)? If so, which type and why do you think so?
What did the researchers find out? What conclusions did they draw?
Now consider the topic of the research and the variables that were studied. Look through the index and chapters of our text. Can you relate the topic of this study to something discussed in our text? If the textbook authors were going to add the study you read to our text, where might they include it? Cite the chapters/pages in our book that are most closely related.
What field of psychology does it represent? (e.g., social and personality, developmental, experimental, biological, or cognitive) Review the “Research Areas” in chapter 1 to assist with your answer.
IMPORTANT: Attach the full-text journal article so that I may review it.
Note: To receive full credit, the assignment must be submitted by the due date or it may be submitted early.
Reminder: Always keep a copy of any assignment submitted to an instructor.
Note: For assistance with this assignment, access GALILEO using the GALILEO link in the Online Resources content area of the course menu. The password for this semester can be found on the main Blackboard page. Use this password only when accessing GALILEO off campus. View the GALILEO tutorial for additional assistance. You may contact the librarian (or me) for examples of psychological journals.
Important! If any part of the journal assignment is unclear, please ask for clarification.
(NOTE: Please remember that you are reviewing scientific research conducted by psychologists, and it may be quite challenging to understand; that’s because we are not scientists. However, find a journal article that is interesting to you and one that you can understand. Then, go ahead and answer IN YOUR OWN WORDS the questions in the assignment.) As always, please contact me anytime, if
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