4. Final Scholarly Paper - FINAL SCHOLARLY PAPER ASSIGNMENT...

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F INAL S CHOLARLY P APER A SSIGNMENT S HEET ( 45 P OINTS ) G ROUP S UBMISSION The culmination of a clinical scientist’s work is often the production of a scholarly paper, also termed a manuscript. Much like the research articles you read for your Annotated Bibliography, for this assignment your group will work together to produce a manuscript that presents the findings of your study. The goals of this assignment are to: (1) allow you to think critically about your results and how they are important, (2) enhance your scholarly writing skills, and (3) engage in the important, but often challenging, process of collaboration. W HAT D OES A S CHOLARLY P APER I NVOLVE ? On a group basis, you will produce a paper that consists of 4 sections: (1) Introduction: What was the rationale for your study? Why did you choose to investigate this topic? Your introduction should build up to the presentation of your hypothesis! o This is a scholarly paper, and thus you need a justifiable reason for wanting to ask your particular research question (i.e. “I just wanted to know” is not a good answer). o Note: it will be useful for you to go back and look at your Hypothesis Generation Worksheet. What previous research and/or theories influenced your decision to pursue this topic? o Remember that the articles you used for your Annotated Bibliographies constitute previous research. Moreover, they are likely based on other studies. You’ve learned already how to do a literature search on PsycINFO; if you need more information about past research, look for the articles that 1) are referenced in your Annotated Bibliography articles, and 2) cite the articles you used for your Annotated Bibliographies Hint: if you find your article in PsycINFO again, you’ll see that it may have a link that says “Cited By ##”. (If an article has not yet been cited, this won’t be there.) What is your research question, and what is your predicted hypothesis? o Psychological manuscripts are often very blunt and to the point about their research goals and predictions. (No flowery English Lit paper style thesis- like statements here!) For example, a good goal statement might read similar to this: “In this paper, we sought to determine whether there was a relationship between eating disorder pathology and the number of female siblings a person has. Specifically, we hypothesized that having more sisters
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would increase levels of eating disorder pathology in undergraduate students.” (2) Methods: Who were your participants? o Indicate how many participants completed your measures (and were thus included in your data analysis). o Describe your sample in terms of: Age – note the mean and standard deviation Gender – what percent were male and female?
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