RESEARCH ARTICLE REVIEWS

RESEARCH ARTICLE REVIEW
PSYC 471

CHOOSE 2 OF THESE TOPICS PLEASE
· STRESS AND HEALTH
· NEUROPLASTICITY
· HUMAN AND NONHUMAN ANIMALS IN RESEARCH

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WHAT IS THIS ASSIGNMENT ALL ABOUT?
· Undergraduate students will be submitting a brief review of two research articles related to a topic covered during this semester.
· You will write two SEPARATE reviews contained within the SAME document. These will be due on NOV 29TH. The course calendar also includes these dates. There is a penalty for late papers, explained below.
· These reviews will be written in the style of an annotated bibliography (see the next page for an example on how to format this). This means that you will basically have an APA style reference with a summary of the article under each reference.
o If you google “annotated bibliography” you will find many types of examples. The way I want yours is described more below.
o Usually, people use this format to review several articles on a particular topic. For your two articles, they don’t to have to be on the same topic. If you have to create a longer annotated bibliography for other purposes in the future, you would generally have a review of multiple studies in this format, with the studies listed in order of the first author’s last name (like in a normal APA reference list).

WHAT TYPE OF ARTICLES SHOULD YOU REVIEW?
· The topic of the article must relate to the topic of biopsychology and the topic of one of your chapters. You should read the abstract and look at the key words to see if it is a topic that interests you and to make sure it is related to biopsychology.
· The articles must be RESEARCH articles from PEER-REVIEWED journals and must be at least 2,000 words long.
o They cannot come from websites, magazines, or books
o When I say they must be research articles, what I mean is they have to be an original study with actual participants – this will be described in the method section. Original studies will have a results section as well.
o This cannot be a review article (an article that reviews other original studies or topics) and it cannot be a case study (a detailed paper on one person or a small group)
· You should go through the McNeese library databases to find articles… that way you are able to get FULL TEXT articles and will be able to look in reputable places
o The best place to find these types of articles are search engines through the library, like PubMed or PsychInfo
o Do not review the abstract of an article… you have to actually read the entire article and review the entire article.

Note: Some articles in the area of biopsychology are very complex, making the choice of appropriate articles difficult for many students. You should take care to choose articles that you understand well enough so that you can not only write a summary but also answer any questions that I choose to ask you concerning the article.

WHAT DO YOU DO ONCE YOU FIND AN ARTICLE?
· You should start by reading the abstract again and then reading through the entire article once.
· For the purpose of the review, you should go back through and write up summaries for the main sections of the article – these should be in your own words. You have to follow APA style throughout the annotated bibliography, which means that you will have to have references in APA style and will need to write in complete sentences (without contractions – like don’t).
· Everything must be written in your OWN words. • Please refer to http://www.mcneese.edu/policy/academic-integrity-policy for details about McNeese’s Academic Integrity policy and the definitions of cheating and plagiarism as well as the penalties for these offenses.

SECTIONS OF THE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: a minimum, you have to summarize the main sections of the article – use the same orders as in the article itself. You should use these headings:
· RESEARCH QUESTION
o Here, you should state the research questions and explain why it is interesting and state the hypotheses tested
· METHOD
o Here, you should briefly describe the methods
o The info in this section includes the design, participants, materials, procedure, what was manipulated (independent variables), what was measured (dependent variables), how the data were analyzed
· RESULTS
o This section should include the results that were related to the main hypotheses. So, you should describe the results and state if they were significant.
· IMPLICATIONS
o You should explain the key implications of the results. Avoid overstating the importance of the findings but you should state what their findings mean in the real world and/or what the implications are for future studies.
o Again, the results and your review of the implications/interpretation of those results should relate to the hypotheses
o You can also mention if this goes against other things you have read or learned about
· EVALUATE/REFLECT
o Regarding the evaluation… this is where you can point out anything that was a flaw of the study, something you thought the researchers should have addressed or didn’t address fully. You can also mention things that were strengths of the article (e.g., their methodology, their inclusion of covariates).
o Regarding reflection… this is where you can state what you liked about the study, what you chose that study to review, and what research-related questions you now have after reading the study. If you were going to do a study on this topic, what question would you want to answer? This is where many research ideas come from!

Note: If you article doesn’t have these sections, it is probably not a research article

TIPS ON APA FORMAT:
· Your reports must be written in APA format, including correct reference format. For each of the summaries that you do, provide the citation in CORRECT APA format. This citation should go before the summary.
· If you have the APA publication manual, that will help you with formatting things correctly. If you don’t there are other resources available online:
o For good tutorials, you should go to www.stylewizard.com and the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
o Keep in mind that for APA format, you have to follow their tutorials/examples EXACTLY; every comma and every period are important, and I expect the reviews to be correct in these details.
o If the article choice, writing, or style is unacceptable, students will be required to re-do their reports if they want any credit for that report; those papers are due a week after receiving the graded paper. Reports that are turned in late, require re-doing, or continue to have errors receive diminishing credit (see course late policy).
· If you follow everything correctly, the annotated bibliography summary should look something like this example (notice how I have the margins formatted at 1 inch – if you have the ruler turned on at the top, it is easier to see – also every aspect of the reference is in APA format):

[Your Name]
Psyc 471
[Date]
Interventions for Childhood Obesity

Davoli, A. M., Broccoli, S., Bonvicini, L., Fabbri, A., Ferrari, E., D’Angelo, S., … Giorqi Rossi, P. (2013). Pediatrician-led motivational interviewing to treat overweight children: An RCT. Pediatrics, 132(5), e1236-1246. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1738

Research Question: This randomized controlled trial aimed to examine the impact of motivational interviewing (MI) on childhood obesity. In this study, the researchers hypothesized that overweight children and their parents who received MI by their pediatrician would have a lower body mass index (BMI) at the end of the study, as compared to those who received the “usual” care.

Method: [I am not going to summarize this entire article, but I think you get the point in terms of how to structure this]

(Make sure you include all sections noted above – you can add other sections if applicable to your study)

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