Project #171 - Drinking and How it effects the brain

GUIDELINES FOR CRITICAL REVIEWS   Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is twofold: First, it is to enhance your classroom experience by having you focus on empirical research to discover what is currently understood about different topics. Second, it is to teach you how to initiate a library search, how to locate relevant studies, and how to understand and summarize the research findings. Students taking upper division psychology courses typically find that they are unprepared to undertake a major review of the literature and prepare a full-fledged research paper. Your experience from this assignment will teach you some of the skills you need to write a more extensive research paper.   Critical reviews need to be typed, double-spaced, two pages minimum in length. They must be in Times New Roman 12 point with 1 inch margins. This should be a summary and should not have any direct quotes from the author(s) and should be entirely in your own words. Failure to summarize and write in your own words will result in a failing grade.   Assignments: Your assignment is to identify empirical research related to specific topics being covered in class, and then to prepare a written evaluation of the research. The due dates for each of the summaries are indicated in your course syllabus.   Summary Format: Each critical review must be typewritten (double-spaced) and must include the article’s reference in APA format at the top of the page.   How to do it: Identify the topic related to the class. Using your textbook as a guide, identify a question or line of research that is particularly interesting to you. Go to the library or the library website and search one of the many databases (PsychInfo, PsychArticles, Medline, etc.). Find a relevant study published since 2004. Read the research and follow the guidelines below.   Your review should include the following:   1. The reference of the article at the top of your paper in APA format (2 points)   2. Describe the main issue or problem the author is focusing on in this article and explain the main purpose of the article. (2points)   3. Discuss how the author carried out the study (participants, measures, etc.) and explain how it relates to the main issue. (4 points)   4. Discuss the main psychological concepts that were used in the article. (2 points)   5. Discuss the conclusion(s) being drawn by the author (4 points)     6. Discuss the implication and the significance of the conclusions, which is the focus of the article.  Why is it important?  On what do you base your assertions regarding its significance? (4 points)   7. What potential problems do you see in the author’s reasoning?  What potential problems are there with the author’s use of information?  Does the information used appear relevant, significant, valid, and sufficient for the conclusions being drawn?  Do you have enough information to determine whether the information is relevant, significant, and valid? (5 points)   8. What point of view is ignored by this author, or has not been considered in dealing with the issue? (2 points)

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