Posted: November 26th, 2015
To answer this question, you will read the article’s Introduction. It will tell you about the idea the authors chose to examine in their study. What aspect of human behaviour are they testing? Discuss this idea in your own words. You might want to make use of your textbook. You can match up the ideas presented in the article with material from the text (looking for similar concepts). Nonetheless, the information that you will need to answer this question will come from the article itself. Finally, if you are unclear about the meaning of “theory”, the textbook defines this concept and gives examples.
To answer this question, you are going to report the article’s hypothesis (or hypotheses). This particular answer will bring you close to quoting the article (but I still want everything put into your own words). In addition, explain what this hypothesis means. A hypothesis is a pretty direct statement/claim, so explain this statement in plain language (as if you were explaining it to someone who doesn’t understand psychology). If you are unclear about the meaning of “hypothesis”, the textbook defines this concept and gives examples.
To answer this question, you are going to tell me a bit about “what the authors did” in their study. They have proposed a hypothesis, and then they designed a study to test that hypothesis. You must tell me “how” they tested that hypothesis (i.e., they brought participants into a lab and had them fill out questionnaires, or they had participants walk across a very high rope bridge and then measured how their fear arousal influenced their attraction to a confederate).
What are the results of this study? Were the hypotheses supported? If so, how? If not, what did the authors find? What do these findings mean? To answer these questions, you do not need to get into specific numbers; I want to present the results “in general.” Tip: In many articles, the authors will summarize their results at the beginning of the “discussion” section (after the results section). Often, this summary is easier to understand than the results section.
For this assignment, there is no need for a “References” section, nor is there any need for you to provide citations within the body of your paper (and don’t use footnotes).
Editing: Presentation and Organization (pass/fail)
Content and Theory (pass/fail)
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