Module 7 Workbook Activity: Writing about empirical research

This paper is on Module 7 Workbook Activity: Writing about empirical research. Please note: This is the same task completed in tutorials… but you will be using a different article of your choice

Module 7 Workbook Activity: Writing about empirical research

Please note: This is the same task completed in tutorials… but you will be using a different article of your choice (this should be based on the topic you plan to use for the research review assessment, to aid in your preparation)

When reading an empirical paper (a paper that is describing an actual experiment), you should be looking for particular information. This might include the main research area, the research question, details of the participants and task, and finally the results and conclusions.

After selecting an article that is relevant to your literature review topic, read through and answer the following questions to critically evaluate the research.

Aim to keep your answers as clear and concise as possible!

Name of Article:

1.     What is the illness/condition in this paper?

2.     What is the psychological intervention that is being discussed or evaluated?

3.     What rationale do the authors give for the potential effectiveness of the intervention OR for their need to study it further?

4.     How do the authors investigate the intervention’s effectiveness?

a.       Who were the participants? (Who took part in the study?)

b.      What did the study involve? (What did the study participants have to do? Describe the materials used in the study e.g. did the participants complete a specific test or watch some specific stimulus?)

5.      What were the results? (Give a brief, simple statement of the main finding in your own words)

6.     What was the conclusion? (Did the authors answer their question? Why is this interesting?

7.     Do you see any problems with this evidence or how it was collect? (this may not be relevant for every study).

Now, using the answers you have given above, write a summary of the research using the components as shown in the statement below. It is important to think about how you describe research in your writing. You should include enough detail about the research that a reader (who has never seen the article you are describing) would be able to understand what has happened. However, you also do not want to include unnecessary or overcomplicated detail, as this makes writing difficult or awkward to read.

Complete the following paragraph to summarise the paper:
_______________[authors, date] argue that ________________[name of intervention] is an effective method in assisting in addressing symptoms of ____________________ [name of illness]. The authors asked ____________________________ [number of people included in the sample] to ________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ (explain the task or the intervention used). Results indicated that _____________________ ____________________ [outline the results, e.g. the evidence], suggesting that _____________________________________________________ [interpret the evidence].

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