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PSYC 1101 Instructors: The assignment below is intended to reflect careful consideration students may give to reading empirical literature. You may wish to direct them to How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology by Jordan and Zanna (1999), which is just as handy for other domains within psychology as it is for social. The items below aren’t set in stone; you may add to or subtract from them as you like. However, they’ve been shown to account for the totality of an article without compromising either the student’s reading pleasure or the instructor’s need to grade quickly and uniformly. Thus, it is recommended you use the PDF version as a simple photocopy assignment for those student who wish or need an alternative to research participation.

Please answer each question completely and concisely.
Article Title :
Article Author(s):
Publication Date:
Volume and Issue Number:
1. Who is/are the author(s) of this article?
2. What is the title of the article?
3. What year was this article published?
4. What are the two to three main things you learned from the introduction?
5. What is one of the articles cited in the introduction? (Refer to it by the authors and the year it was published.)
6. What is the hypothesis?
7. How many participants were in the study?
8. Who were the participants (e.g., college students, infants, etc.)?
9. What was/were the independent variable(s)?
10. What was the dependent variable?
11. What materials were used in the study? Did participants complete a survey, use a computer program, were they interviewed, etc.?
12. Summarize what the participants did.
13. How was the data analyzed (i.e., what statistical analysis was used)? Report the means and standard deviations foreach group.
14. Did the author(s) find a significant effect?
15. What did you learn from the figure (graph) in the results section?
16. Was the hypothesis supported?
17. Were the results consistent with the previous literature discussed in the introduction?
18. What can you conclude from this study?
19. Did the author(s) make any suggestions for further investigation? If so, what suggestion was made?
20. How many references were cited in this article?
21. What did you think of the article?
22. Was it an effective study?
23. Do you accept the results? Why or why not?

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