Article Review

Using the UMUC Library electronic databases, find an article from a recent issue of a peer-reviewed journal related to the biological basis of psychology, sensation and perception, or memory and cognition. The article should describe specifically an experimental manipulation by the researchers. Prepare a 2–4 page summary of the article in your own words including specifics regarding the overall purpose of the research in question, a clear statement of the researcher’s hypothesis, details regarding the study methodology, and pertinent results of the manipulation. Also include your personal opinion of the work. Should it be repeated/ how can it be improved? What was your overall impression of the work? What are the implications of the study for the practice of counseling psychology? Be sure to cite the article appropriately at the end of your review. Papers should be typed, double-spaced, and formatted according to APA style. 

Choose an article that connects to your intended career or graduate field.  Finding something that is relevant to your interests and needs will make this assignment more personal!  You don’t need to include an abstract for this assignment, but do be sure to use a running head, proper citations and reference at the end of the paper.  Please note the page limit of 2-4 pages!  The goal of these research review assignments are to help you synthesize research and understand the key components.  Also be sure to include your own evaluation of the study – what are its strengths and limitations, how can it be improved, how can the results be used?  This is an important skill to develop if you are planning to go on for graduate study.  At some point you will have to do an annotated bibliography and being able to concisely and clearly synthesize a research study will be a key skill to have.

Here are some examples of journals that you can use for this assignment:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Decision
  • Emotion
  • Evolutionary Behavioral Science
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Animal Learning and Cognition
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception and Performance
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory and Cognition
  • Journal of Neuroscience
  • Learning and Memory
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychology and Neuroscience

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