PSY 260 Course Assignments Week 3 to 7

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Topic 3 Assignment: Benchmark – Research Disasters Structure

In 500-750-words, students will select one “research disaster” (from the list provided or a preapproved topic) and address the following: 

  1. Background on the disaster, including what occurred, when, and the demographic characteristics of those
  2. What the consequences were, including how the demographics of those involved placed them at risk
  3. What the ethical/legal issues involved in this particular disaster were
  4. What modern-day research ethics practices and/or procedures were informed by this event(s).

Use two to three resources to conduct research.

Topics Include:

  1. Nazi Experiments
  2. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study
  3. Thalidomide Experiments

Death of Jessi Gelisinger (Gene Therapy Experiment)


Topic 4 Assignment: Article Summary

You will select the two best articles from your Topic 2 articles (using instructor feedback). Read each article carefully and write a summary of each article. If an article has more than one study, you should pick the one study that you understand the best and summarize only that one. In your summary, state which study you are summarizing (e.g., “This article reported five studies, but I am summarizing only Study 2.”) Write about the articles in everyday language, explaining the theory each was testing, the method used, the most important results, and the main points in the discussion. Be very careful not to plagiarize at this stage (please reread the course materials on academic integrity (plagiarism) and the APA guide on paraphrasing).

Use 500-600-words for each summary (a total of 1,000-words minimum), following this organizational structure:

  1. A description of the article’s purpose and main hypotheses
  2. A clear statement of the study’s design: Experimental or correlational? What were the main IVs or PVs? What was the main DV? Who participated?
  3. A methods paragraph in which you mention each key variable in turn, followed by how it was operationalized. (e.g., “The study measured the variable self-compassion using a self-report questionnaire developed by Neff; it had 25 items that were rated on five-point scales.”)
  4. A paragraph in which you describe the main results. If they used regression, you must describe the main relationship as well as what it was controlling for (e.g., “Self-compassion predicted well-being, even when controlling for self-esteem and emotionality”). If it was a factorial design, describe the main effects and interactions.
  5. A short paragraph about the authors’ conclusions.

Turn in one document with both summaries; make sure to distinguish which summary belongs to which article.


Topic 5 Assignment: From Journal to Journalism

For this assignment, you will find and analyze an example of popular press coverage of psychological research. You will find examples of psychological claims in advertising, magazines, the newspaper, or the Internet.

The popular source you choose has to include a psychological claim, and discuss it in some detail.

This assignment addresses the most fundamental goal of this class—becoming a better consumer of information.


PSY 260 Topic 6 AssignmentS: Article Interrogation

In 500-600 words for each article (1,000-1,200-words total), interrogate each of your articles from Topic 4, using the four big validities. For each article, work through the four big validities in turn, indicating whether the article does a good or bad job on each front. As you write, keep in mind that you are demonstrating your mastery of this material! Show that you know how to ask questions about each of the four validities, show that you know what the answers to these questions mean. Finally, show that you understand what it means to prioritize validities as you interrogate a study.


PSY 260 Topic 7 AssignmentS: The Best Article

In 250-words, apply concepts you learned in this course (especially in Chapter 14) to make an argument why one of the two articles you are working with is the most important. Show that you understand and can apply the details of this course. This is only one page, but it should be a smart page. Write two pages, and then cut it down to an elegant, distilled, one-page argument.

Details: Your discussion should be nuanced and apply course concepts, especially from Chapter 14. Your assessment will show that you are not just applying “common sense” or intuition to your evaluation—you should be applying course concepts. You should consider these questions:

  1. Is the study replicable? (Did it actually replicate—if not, could you replicate it?) What is the evidence for its replicability?
  2. Is the study in generalization mode or theory-testing mode? How do you know? How does this affect the types of validities you prioritize and the types of questions that you ask?
  3. Does the study test a theory? (If so, does it provide good support for the theory?)

Is the study important in the real world? (Was it in generalization mode? Could it be? To what extent does real-world applicability matter?)