Research Report Assignment

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Unformatted text preview: RESEARCH ACTIVITY REQUIREMENT RESEARCH REPORT OPTION Due on or before: Friday, December 4th, 2009 at 5:00 PM CST. Students who have not completed their entire research activity requirement may fulfill the requirement by writing research reports on assigned psychological research articles. The number of research reports that need to be completed will depend on how many research credits were earned thus far. Each report is worth one credit. Students are allowed to submit research reports that earn them in excess of five research participation credits. Any research participation credits in excess of five will be counted as extra credit in accordance with the syllabus. Research reports must be completed in order so that if a student needs to complete 4 reports, that student must complete a report for articles 1, 2, 3. and 4. If a student needs to complete 3 reports, that student must complete a report for articles 1, 2, and 3. If a student needs to complete 2 reports, that student must complete a report for articles 1 and 2. And if a student needs to complete 1 report, that student must complete a report for article 1. Of course, if a student needs to complete 5 research reports, that student must complete a report for all five articles. Research reports will earn grades of SATISFACTORY or UNSATISFACTORY. Students are advised to follow the instructions and complete the assignment exactly as described. Students will not have the opportunity to resubmit the assignment, so UNSATISFACTORY reports will not be considered in the total research participation. To complete each research report, read the research report assignments on the following pages, and download and read the article from the course website. Read and follow the instructions listed on research report assignments, and complete the assignments accordingly. Research reports must be TURNED IN TO ME, or placed in my MAILBOX in the Psychology Department. It is the responsibility of the student to turn in the reports on time. I will not accept reports that have been slipped under my door, left outside of my office, or sent via e‐mail. Late reports will not be accepted unless the reason is considered appropriate and fair by the university’s Committee on Examinations and Standing (e.g., serious illnesses, deaths in the immediate family, required court appearances; do not contact me regarding late research reports unless you have necessary documentation). Page 1 of 6 RESEARCH REPORT #1 Zimbardo, P. G. (2004). Does psychology make a significant difference in our lives? American Psychologist, 59, 339–351. To complete research report #1, read Zimbardo’s (2004) article and address each of the questions/items below. 1. Summarize the main points of the article in one or two paragraphs (be brief but complete). 2. Do you agree with all of the author’s points about how psychology makes a significant difference in our lives (clearly state you opinion)? 3. Which of the topics outlined by the author do you think has made (or will make) the greatest difference in our lives, and why? This report should be at least 2 pages (but no more than 4 pages) in length (stapled, double spaced, 1– inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font). Number your answers. Include a cover page with your name, ID number, article author names, and article author title. Use your last name as the page header and include page numbers. Page 2 of 6 RESEARCH REPORT #2 Milgram, S. (1963). Behavioral study of obedience. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 67, 371–378. To complete research report #2, read Milgram’s (1963) article and address each of the questions/items below. 1. Summarize the main points of the article in one or two paragraphs (be brief but complete). 2. Do you believe the author’s conclusion’s follow from his methods? Asked another way, do you believe the author can make the sorts of conclusions he draws given the experiment? Why or why not? 3. Briefly describe the scientific contribution of the article (why is this article important to research and to society in general)? This report should be at least 2 pages (but no more than 4 pages) in length (stapled, double spaced, 1– inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font). Number your answers. Include a cover page with your name, ID number, article author names, and article author title. Use your last name as the page header and include page numbers. Page 3 of 6 RESEARCH REPORT #3 Benjamin, L. T. & Simpson, J. A. (2009). The power of the situation: The impact of Milgram’s obedience studies on personality and social psychology. American Psychologist, 64, 12–19. To complete research report #3, read Benjamin and Simpson’s (2009) article and address each of the questions/items below. 1. Summarize the main points of the article in one or two paragraphs (be brief but complete). 2. What could be gained by striking a balance between studies with higher versus lower experimental realism? 3. Briefly describe the scientific contribution of the article (why is this article important to research and to society in general)? This report should be at least 2 pages (but no more than 4 pages) in length (stapled, double spaced, 1– inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font). Number your answers. Include a cover page with your name, ID number, article author names, and article author title. Use your last name as the page header and include page numbers. Page 4 of 6 RESEARCH REPORT #4 Haney, C., Banks, C., & Zimbardo, P. (1973). A study of prisoners and guards in a simulated prison. In Naval Research Reviews. Washington D.C.: Department of the Navy. To complete research report #4, read Haney, Banks, and Zimbardo’s (1973) report and address each of the questions/items below. 1. Summarize the main points of the report in one or two paragraphs (be brief but complete). 2. Do you believe the authors’ conclusion’s follow from their methods? Asked another way, do you believe the authors can make the sorts of conclusions they draw given the experiment/simulation? Why or why not? 3. Briefly describe the scientific contribution of the report (why is this report important to research and to society in general)? This report should be at least 2 pages (but no more than 4 pages) in length (stapled, double spaced, 1– inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font). Number your answers. Include a cover page with your name, ID number, article author names, and article author title. Use your last name as the page header and include page numbers. Page 5 of 6 RESEARCH REPORT #5 Carnahan, T. & McFarland, S. (2007). Revisiting the Stanford prison experiment: Could participant self–selection have led to cruelty? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 603–614. To complete research report #5, read Carnahan and McFarlands’s (2009) article and address each of the questions/items below. 1. Summarize the main points of the article in one or two paragraphs (be brief but complete). 2. Do you believe the authors’ conclusion’s follow from their methods? Asked another way, do you believe the authors can make the sorts of conclusions they draw given the experiment/simulation? Why or why not? 3. Briefly describe the scientific contribution of Zimbardo’s original report given the findings of this article? Does it change how we should evaluate Zimbardo’s findings and conclusions and if so, how? This report should be at least 2 pages (but no more than 4 pages) in length (stapled, double spaced, 1– inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font). Number your answers. Include a cover page with your name, ID number, article author names, and article author title. Use your last name as the page header and include page numbers. Page 6 of 6 ...
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