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Psychology is a science. Many psychologists are interested in doing research. The research is then shared with the larger scientific community in scholarly journals after being vetted by experts in the field. To give you a brief idea of research, you are required to find and read one empirical study in a scholarly journal. Empirical study means that this is an article where the authors write about a study they actually performed (not only about theoretical issues or a compilation or studies other people have done called theoretical papers or literature reviews).


(from Semester Project: The Details)

Whats the point?

For this project, you will write a 3-page minimum paper on the article you chose and connect it to what you’ve learned in this class so far. Treat this submission as a FINAL DRAFT, though it will be graded as a rough draft. After feedback has been provided, you will have the opportunity to submit an EDITED FINAL DRAFT during week 10 where you will earn points towards your final grade based on the quality of your writing and any use of the feedback given.

To do this you will:

  • First, work with your summary and the main points of the article. It is important that you close the article while you are doing this so you can be sure you are not plagiarizing (changing a couple words or switching phrases around still constitutes plagiarism).
    1. Write down a 3 paragraph description of the article including why the authors performed this study, describe the tools and participants they used, and what they found. (Take the information you gathered for your summary and connect it to the specific format of the study. See examples of APA student submissions to see what some of the common details are that you should include, the order they should be included, and any useful labels or titles that could help clarify your writing. More info will be provided in the feedback you receive on this assignment so you know what/if you are missing.)
    2. Compare the information you read to the topic information found in your textbook along the lines of whether this is the same information, or different.
      • Did the article extend on the stuff that is found in your text?
      • Does it contradict it in some way?
      • Can you reconcile the two?
      • Are there any questions that are still left unanswered?
      • What further research would you do if you were the author of the article?
      • What other questions would you like answers to?

***All of these questions must be answered in at least 2 paragraphs of your 3 page paper. ***
Think of this paper as 3 or 4 paragraphs (or a page and a half) per bullet points 1 and 2

  • Second, create APA citations for your article and the pages you referred to in your textbook. To review how to do APA citations, please refer to the resources below. Make sure that your Citations Page is formatted correctly, from font size and spacing, to the information in the citations. Feedback will be provided but do your best to be as close to APA as possible using your resources so you have less to edit on your final submission for Week 10.

Citation Resources

How to Complete Your Assignment

Submit your work here in the CANVAS system as a Word 97-2003, .docx or other word processing file. (Google Docs (Links to an external site.), Open Office (Links to an external site.) are also acceptable. If you are using iWorks, please convert to one of these file formats, as I may not be able to view your document.)

Directions to Submit

  1. On the right hand Menu, you will see a SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT button with a white plus sign.
  2. Click on the SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT Then click BROWSE to look for your file on your computer.
  3. When done, click the SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT


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