Psy 376 Writing Assignment 2

Psy 376 Writing Assignment 2 - XXXXXXXX 3/23/2008 PSY 376...

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XXXXXXXX 5/12/2009 PSY 376 Fall 2007 Writing Assignment #2 Due: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Education and Cognitive Decline in Older Americans The purpose of this assignment is to read and critique a summary of research presented in a popular media source and to determine how accurate and effective their summary was. This is important in illustrating that generally, popular media sources cannot be trusted with complete security. Being that in the previous assignment, much personal research was done over the very same article and then we were to summarize this article for an academic audience, we were able to read, manipulate and interpret the article in that manner. Reading a different summary of the same experiment, which is directed for a more general audience, will give light to the fallacies of the popular media. The website msnbc.com presented a summary of the research done on the Education and Cognitive Decline in Older Americans from the journal of Research on Aging. There are several aspects of this very brief summary that were presented correctly in explaining the research and the results. First of all, the author did accurately describe the age range of the participants. He still remained vague in saying that the participants were “all more than 70 years old.” That point is true, but the maximum age of the participants was 103 and knowing this part of the experiment helps to create some depth within the age range and into the many stages of life the people were and have gone through. With just the knowledge that the participants were older than 70 years old, one could assume that most were from 70-75 or 70-80 years old. With the actual maximum
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