PSY 250 MPW Hawkes, Manselle, and Woolacott (2014) Reading Guide Topic introduction We know that our physical and mental abilities decline with age. This study looks at several activities that might reduce or slow that decline as we get older, and that's pretty big news! More about the article This article follows the same organization as the one from Module 1: abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references. You'll start to anticipate this organization as you read more articles. Some links to explain the Methods You might not be familiar with some of the concepts they talked about in the article, so I thought I'd provide you with some links that might be helpful. These are for your information: Meditation: lots of websites about meditation exist, and here are just a few. t’ai chi: A note about statistics The statistics in this article are considerably more complicated than in the previous article. Again, I suggest that you, for now, skim over the Results section trying not to get bogged down in all the terms and symbols. I can't explain all the terms they use here, nor do I expect you to figure all of them out yourself. Pay attention to the words they use that aren't statistics or symbols to grasp what the results mean. Remember that the results in this article are also presented in the Abstract and the Discussion sections without statistics. Those are good places to focus on when trying to understand the results. Vocabulary Here are the terms from this article: Mitigated (p. 178): another word for reduced or lessened Mediate (178): this word as it's used here sort of goes with moderated from the previous study, but it means something slightly different. A mediator is like a mechanism. For example, when you type on a keyboard letters appear on the screen. That process of typing and letters appearing is mediated by a complex sequence of software and coding sequences. You could say that the
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