Critical Article review on Moving Time: The Influence of Action on Duration Perception
How to Write a Critical Article Review 1
WHAT IS A CRITICAL ARTICLE REVIEW? A critical article review (CAR) of a scholarly journal article about research conducted in the field of biological psychology, is an exercise that provides students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the language and structure of research papers that are written by and for professionals and students in this field. CARs require students to think critically about the process of collecting data, weighing evidence, and drawing conclusions according to scientific methodology.
SUBMISSION: Students MUST submit their assignments through SafeAssign on BlackBoard and bring a hard copy to class on the due date.
• It is the student’s responsibility to resolve any issues with BlackBoard before the assignment is due, and to be aware of their SafeAssign score.
• If the SafeAssign “Matching Score” exceeds 30% on any of your CARs, please make the necessary revisions, email your instructor to request that your original submission is deleted, and upload your revised CAR. No revisions can be made after the due date.
LENGTH: Essay format, approximately 1 ½ to 2 pages, typed, doubled-spaced, font size 12.
IMPORTANT: It is essential that every student does his/her own work and presents his/her ideas in his/her own words. Do not quote information directly from the article (even if properly cited), paraphrase.
GRADING CRITERIA: An excellent, ‘A’ worthy paper MUST: 1) Satisfy the criteria outlined in the Psychology Department grading rubric for journal articles reviews. 2) Be free of personal anecdotes or opinions that are not supported by previous research or the content of the article. Never use 1st or 2nd person pronouns (I, me, we, you, “in my opinion”, etc.). 3) Discuss only information covered in the article. Do not import information from other sources or personal experiences, or make assumptions that are not supported by the data. 4) Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical and methodological issues addressed in the research. 5) Briefly summarize the underlying theory, the hypotheses, methods, results, and the authors’ interpretation of their findings. 6) Intelligently discuss the strengths and limitations of the research/article. 7) Demonstrate college-level writing: clear, concise, and error-free. 8) Be entirely in the students’ own words. SafeAssign “Matching” percentage must not exceed 30%.
How to Write a Critical Article Review 2
HOW TO WRITE A CRITICAL ARTICLE REVIEW (CAR) OF A SCHOLARLY JOURNAL ARTICLE Please Read (Re-Read) And Follow These Instructions Carefully.
Before You Begin Writing… • Read the article carefully and more than once. Take notes on the important points discussed below. • Write up a detailed outline based on the important points you will cover in the CAR (see below). Organize a logical sequence for presenting these ideas. Do NOT be repetitive. • Do NOT list information, or use headings or subheadings, use complete sentences.
Structuring & Writing Your CAR
1) At the top of your paper (after your name, date, etc.; before you start writing), write the reference for the article, in correct, APA-format. EXAMPLE: Loeber, R., Farrington, D. P., Southamer-Loeber, M., Moffitt, T. E., & Caspi, A. (1998). The development of male offending: Key findings from the first decade of the Pittsburgh Youth Study. Studies on Crime and Crime Prevention, 7(2), 141–171.
2) From the introduction: What is the general theory that this paper is addressing? What has previous research on this (or related) topics demonstrated (may be found throughout article)?
3) What is the purpose of the research described in this paper? What is/are the author(s) hypothesis/hypotheses (prediction of their results)?
4) Briefly describe the methods the authors use to collect the data. Who are the participants? What do they have to do in this study? What are the measures used to collect the data?
5) In general, what are the results of the study? For example, does one group score differently than another group on a measure? Is there a relationship between two or more variables? Do the results support the hypotheses? You do NOT have to describe the statistical methods used or correlation coefficients.
6) What is/are the major conclusions(s) that the author(s) draw based on their findings? What are the implications of this study, both in terms of future psychological research and for understanding behavior in the “real world”?
7) Based on your analysis of the reading, what are the strengths of this research? How do they benefit the quality of the research?
8) Based on your analysis of the reading, what are the limitations of this research? What could the researchers do differently to avoid these limitations; or what studies could be done as follow-ups to this study to address these limitations? Tip: if you criticize the paper for the sample that was used, you should speculate how this sample biased the results or limits the generalizability of the findings.
9) Overall, what do you think about this research (remember: This is NOT a movie review.)? How does the article enhance your understanding of human behavior in a “real world” context?
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