What would you take as the next step in this line of research?


Professor Kahn, Spring 2019

Journal Article Analysis

Social psychology is an empirical science that is based on peer-reviewed publications. A large emphasis of this course will be on understanding and interpreting empirical research studies. To expose you to the vast array of new research studies being conducted, you will find and report on one peer reviewed journal article on any of the topics we are discussing in class: the self, social cognition, person perception, attitudes/behavior, prejudice, conformity, obedience to authority, and persuasion. The empirical journal article MUST be from the last 5 years and come from one of the following peer reviewed professional journals: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science or Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. If you would like to use a peer-reviewed article from a different social psychology journal (must be a social psychology journal), you must receive my permission first. You can find articles using PsychInfo, available from the PSU library or using resources like Google Scholar (see http://guides.library.pdx.edu/psychology for more information). You may choose any article you want that broadly addresses the listed topic. That is, it can focus on any topic/concept we discussed as part of that broader chapter or lectures. Once you have chosen your article, you will write a 1-2 page single spaced analysis. Your 1-2 page single spaced paper will answer the following questions:

1) Identify the article by name, year, journal, and authors.

2) Summarize the article, in your own words:

A. What is the main topic of inquiry?

B. What was the hypothesis?

C. What was the type of methodology used to test this hypothesis?

D. What was the result of the study?

E. What was the conclusion or implications of the study/studies?

3) Describe how this article’s topic relates to and expands on the topic we discussed in class or in the book. Be specific regarding the class concepts and studies this article is related to.

4) What would you take as the next step in this line of research? That is, what unanswered questions would you want to test next regarding this topic?

Journal article analysis is due on D2L in the Dropbox labelled “Journal article analysis” before the BEGINNING of class (10am) on Thursday, June 6th, 2019.


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