Identify the research hypothesis, the variables, the design of the study, and the outcome

Summarize the peer-reviewed article.

          o Identify the research hypothesis, the variables, the design of the study, and the outcome. 

          o Explain whether and how the outcome of the study supports the research hypothesis.

          o Did the design of the study support causal conclusions? Why or why not?

 2. Summarize the popular press article. 

          o State what the popular press article says about what the research can tell us. 

          o The popular press article may or may not use causal language. Note any statements, phrases, or conclusions that imply one thing causes another. 

3. Evaluate whether the popular press article provided an accurate report of the original research. 

          o Compare the original peer-reviewed article about the research and the popular press article in terms of whether they implied a causal relationship between the variables that were studied. 

          o Describe whether, and in what way(s), the conclusions in the popular press article may go beyond what the research study can really tell us. 

          o Suggest and explain a possible third variable that might account for the finding that videogame playing is associated with creativity .

 Formatting and guidelines: 

 • The final paper must be:

               o 2-3 double-spaced pages long (at least 2 but not more than 3 pages, excluding your name, title, other identifying information and references), 

              o Size 12 Times New Roman font with 1” margins top, bottom, and on the sides of each page 

• Use your own words – paraphrase carefully (i.e., state in your own words) the authors’ ideas. 

              o Copying others words without referencing them is plagiarism, and is unacceptable. When you talk about something that another person wrote (even if you say it in your own words), you need to cite them using their last name and the year of publication in parentheses (saying et al. if there are >3 authors). For example: Jackson et al. (2011) hypothesized that… 

             o Your lab instructor can help you if you have questions about plagiarism or citing authors. 

             o You are allowed no more than 2 quotes in the entire paper. Any quote must indicate the source (or who said the quote). A quote should not be longer than 1 sentence. 

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