Project #67278 - Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review Chapter 1, “Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods,” in your course text. Focus on the descriptions of guidelines for evaluating media representations of psychological findings.
  • Locate an article in a contemporary media publication that presents psychological or mental health research findings to the public.
  • Analyze the article using the seven guidelines suggested below.

The Assignment (23 pages)

In a 2- to 3-page paper, critique the representation of psychological research in a contemporary media piece, and address each of the following prompts:

  • Were you skeptical upon initially hearing the findings? Why or why not?
  • Was the source of the information credible? Why or why not?
  • Did you think there were examples of oversimplification for purposes of monetary gain? Why or why not?
  • Did the article (online news story, print or online written piece) provide “proof”? Support your answer with examples.
  • Cite the evidence (or lack of evidence) for the study using a control group.
  • Did the research suggest causation or correlation? Cite examples to support your answer.
  • Were the inferences in the study supported by the data? Cite examples.

Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

Submit your Application Assignment by Day 7.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 04/19/2015 12:00 am
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