Part I: Summary
IN YOUR OWN WORDS, explain what the paper was about. Specifically, you should address the following:
- What was the research question?
- What hypotheses did the authors test?
- How did they test their hypothesis (that is, what did they do?)
- What were the results? Be sure to identify the dependent measure(s).
- What do the authors think their results mean?
NOTE: Be sure to focus only on the essential information—you can assume that I have read the paper and know the details.
Part II: Critique
Select 2 questions below and respond to them. Ideally, your two points will be related to one another. You should justify your responses in terms of what you know and have learned from the article and in this class rather than only opinion or anecdote.
- Did the authors convince you that their research question is important and that their hypotheses are meaningfully related to their research question? Why or why not?
- Does the design of the experiment fits logically with the hypotheses the authors want to test? Why or why not?
- Can you think of any plausible alternative explanations for the findings? That is, might the findings have resulted from some other factor (other than random chance) that the authors failed to control? Explain.
- What additional experiment(s) do you think are most important for researchers investigating this topic to conduct next to extend our understanding?