Project #20823 - PSYC


 The assignment is to read, analyze, and summarize one research paper selected from the 10 choices below. The project is intended to provide an opportunity to extend the textbook's discussion of psychology into the world of current research in psychology. Your project should be about 1300 words or 10kB in length. That's equal to about 5 typed pages, double-spaced, but be guided by the word count rather than the number of pages. In your written paper you should address the following questions:

  • What was the most important hypothesis underlying the study?

  • How did the authors test the hypothesis? Was the study descriptive, correlational, or experimental? Describe the method critically. If you think it had holes or weaknesses, say so.

  • What were the important results? Summarize rather than quoting from the article.

  • Was the hypothesis rejected based on the results? Why? Do you agree with the authors’ conclusions?

Unless you have some background in statistics you may ignore the statistical analysis.

Avoid lengthy quotations. References are only required if you cite works other than your assigned article; but you don’t have to use such extra sources. Use APA format for citations and references (See ). The first paragraph should identify the article that you selected to read. Don’t be concerned if your project is 100 words more or fewer than the assigned length, but expect to lose points for varying from the assigned length by more than that. Projects that are submitted late without an approved excuse will be penalized ten percent of the score. Your project will be scored for promptness, length, accuracy, completeness, and style.  

The article you choose may be the same as one chosen by another class member, but be sure to write your project independently of anyone else.  

Please select one of the following choices for your assignment. All of the following articles are available in full text versions through the online library. In addition, they are accessible through the PsycArticles or PsycInfo databases, which contain only refereed (i.e., peer-reviewed) journals*.  

Anaki, D., Brezniak, T., & Shalom, L. (2012). Faces in the face of death: Effects of exposure to life-threatening events and mortality salience on facial expression recognition in combat and noncombat military veterans. Emotion, 12, 860-867.  

Appleton, A. A., Buka, S. L., McCormick, M. CV., Koenen, K. C., Loucks, E. B., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2012). The association between childhood emotional functioning and adulthood inflammation is modified by early-life socioeconomic status. Health Psychology, 31, 413-422. 

Fineberg, M., Willer, R., Stellar, J., & Keltner, D. (2012). The virtues of gossip: reputational information sharing as prosocial behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 1015-1030. 

Maeng, L. Y., & Shors, T. J. (2012). Once a mother, always a mother: Maternal experience protects females from the negative effects of stress on learning. Behavioral Neuroscience, 126, 137-141. 

Mata, J., Thompson, R. J., Jaeggi, S.M., Buschkuehl, M., Jonides, J., & Gotlib, I. H. (2012). Walk on the bright side: Physical activity and affect in major depressive disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 297-308. 

Resick, P. A., Williams, L. F., Suvak, M. K., Monson, C. M., & Gradus, J. L. (2012). Long-term outcomes of cognitive–behavioral treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder among female rape survivors. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 201-210. 

Schoon, I., & Duckworth, K. (2012). Who becomes an entrepreneur? Developmental Psychology, 48, 1719-1726.  

von Stülpnagel, R, & Steffens, M. C. (2012). Can active navigation be as good as driving?  A comparison of spatial memory in drivers and backseat drivers. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 18, 162-177. 

Vachon, F., Hughes, R. W., & Jones, D. M. (2012). Broken expec tations: Violation of expectancies, not novelty, captures auditory attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 38, 164-177. 

Weinstein, T. A. R., & Capitanio, J. P. (2012). Longitudinal stability of friendships in Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta): Individual- and relationship-level effects. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 126, 97-108. 

Tips for Finding Articles

To find the PsycArticles or PsycInfo database without leaving our course home in LEO, click on Resources, then on Library Services in the NavBar. Click on “Resources by Title”. Or in any browser, go to . After signing in, click on “Resources by Title”.

Via either portal, you may then scroll down to the PsycArticles or PsycINFO databases. Alternatively, click on the "Subject Guides" tab instead of Rescources by Title, then click on the link to "Databases by Title".  Click on "p" to scroll down to two useful databases, "PsycARTICLES" and "PsycINFO". In the search window enter the article title and identify it as “title” in the dropdown menu for the window; fill in the journal name in the next search window and identify it as the journal. Then click on search.   

A faster way is to click on on the "Journal Finder" tab instead of "Subject Guides” or “Resources by Title".  Fill in the title of the journal and click on “Find It”. Then select one of the links on the page that appears; choose a link offering full text access. You may have to try one link after another. For example, the links for Journal of Abnormal Psychology make you try three links before the third link brings success. Success means seeing a link in a pop-up saying “Get Full Text at PsycArticles”. Click on that link and and Bob's your uncle.   

If you need help with the search, contact a librarian. See the Get Help heading at the bottom of the page? It works. The "Ask a Librarian" link has worked well for me in nighttime as well as daytime, on weekends or during the week.  

Best wishes! If you haven't taken LIBS 150, it's a good course to take soon! In the meantime, make use of the following resource:

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