Select a research topic:
1. Is there a connection between sleep deprivation and academic performance (or between sleep deprivation and other outcomes that might be interesting to you)?
2. Is there a connection between exercise and cognitive function (e.g., learning and memory)? You could focus on older adults if you would like.
3. Is there a connection between social media use and behavior (e.g., self-esteem, anxiety, depression, self-identity, interpersonal relationships, etc.)?
4. What does research reveal about the validity of eyewitness memory/testimony?
5. Is there a relationship between watching violent TV/movies or playing violent video games and aggression in children and/or adolescents?
Or you may choose your own topic. The topic must be emailed to Professor Lopez no later than Monday, April 24, 11:59 PM. You must receive approval before you start writing.
#PART A: Find an article
Use the instructions below (and explained in class) to find an academic journal which directly relates to your research question. This article must be a psychology- related academic, peer-reviewed empirical journal article pertaining to the research topic (as explained in class; see slides on â€œFinding and Reading Researchâ€). Make sure this in not a news article or a website article, as it will not be accepted. Furthermore, make sure this is not a review article. The article you select must be an original study with its own method and results section, not an article that reviews other research.
Go to the Fullerton College Library webpage (library.fullcoll.edu). Click on Databases and go to EBSCOhost.
- Be sure to select the following three databases from the list of databases: Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, ERIC, PsycARTICLES.
- Select â€œfull textâ€ and â€œpeer reviewedâ€ journals, set the date range to be 2002- 2017 (the last 15 years), and select â€œJournal Articleâ€ under document type.
- Evaluate your results. Read the titles, abstracts, and skim the Introduction and Discussion sections to determine whether the article will be satisfactory. You may have to go back and change your search terms to yield different results. Each student should have a printed copy to read completely. You will turn in your article with your write-up. To receive the 10 points for Part A, list the following details about your article at the top of the page:
- Research Topic:
- Article Title:
- Article Author(s):
- Journal Title:
- Date of publication:
PART B: Write-Up Content and Quality (40 points): Next, write the complete answers to the following questions in your own words. Be sure to address all parts of each question to receive full credit. Clearly label the four answers. 1. Summarize the article. What is this specific article about? What is being studied specifically? What are the methods (i.e., participants, procedures, and relevant measures)? What are the results? Describe the major findings/relationship(s) between variables. (1-2 pages) 2. How does this article relate to the research topic you have chosen? Specifically, what can be taken from this article to support an answer to your research question? Be sure to explain how a specific finding from the article addresses this question/topic. Do you think the study does a good job answering this question? Why or why not? (1â„2 – 1 page) 3. Why is this research topic an important issue to society and you? In addition to relating this to your own life, what are some real-world implications of this research? How might the findings be applied? What are future directions for this research? For example, what specific questions remain unanswered that future studies might be able to address? Note: The discussion section is a good source for this information. (1 page) 4. What does this project/experience contribute to your understanding of psychology as a science? For example, comment about how psychological science is based on objective, empirical research studies rooted in the scientific method. Pick out specific details/elements of the study that illustrate the scientific method and support the fact that psychology is a science. Review Chapter 1, Section 4 and incorporate some of this information in your response. (1â„2 – 1 page) You should be turning in 3-5 pages of written content that answer the questions specifically. Create separate sections for each of the four questions.Write-up must be organized, clear, and concise. Please type using 12-point standard (e.g., Times New Roman) font double-spaced with 1-inch margins. Attach the first page of the article to the back. Be sure your full name and class are written on the first page. All instructions must be followed (including formatting and separate sections for each question).