Being a Critical Consumer of Information The main focus for this week is underst
Being a Critical Consumer of Information
The main focus for this week is understanding how we study human behavior, how to find empirical research on human behavior, and how to be critical consumers of human behavior research.
What are the challenges to understanding ourselves and the people around us? Our self-reflections and observations of other people are processed through our cultural lenses. These lenses sometimes make it difficult to be objective about our perceptions, and interpretations of our behavior and the behavior of other people. The cultural lenses also influence how we see ourselves. Becoming aware of these cultural and sub-cultural influences and understanding how cultures shapes our observations is important for objectivity.
Our cultures and sub-cultures influence how we think, feel and behavior. In other words everything we do is influenced by culture. So how can we avoid bias, and see ourselves, and others objectively?
In the information rich environment in which we live, we are bombard with so much information from unknown or dubious sources. Becoming a critical consumer of information can be challenging. On a daily basis, we make important decisions with information, sometimes without questioning the veracity of the source. How can we evaluate the reliability and validity of information we expose ourselves to? How do we know if we can have confidence in the information we are exposed to? Chapter one addresses some of these questions. This module provides us with tools to develop our critical thinking skills.
In becoming an objective person, it is also important to understand that just because we think something it does not mean the truth of that thought exist outside the confines of our head. Research on human behavior adds an extra layer of objectivity to our understanding of self and others.
To Complete The Assignment For Week 1, Follow These Steps:
1. Read textbook Chapter 1.
2. Read: Original Research Article CriterionSpring17.docx
This document defines original empirical research. If you are having difficulty opening this link (or any), go directly to “Files” to access.
3. Read and follow the instructions below, and the Original Research Article Criterion in Step 2., to guide you in finding an original empirical research article.
4, This week we are finding and submitting ONLY the article. Instructions for the summary will be provided in Week-2.
Where To Find Your Article:
Students are required to find an empirical research article from our SPSCC library psychology database: Psychology and Behavior Sciences Collection.
The databases can be found by going to our library homepage, click on the big red button “Databases”, Scroll down the page to “Psychology”, and Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection.
If you need assistance with the databases, contact one of your campus librarians.
General Psychology Subject Categorizes To Select From:
You may select an article from one of the general subjects below:
Sleep (but not dreams)
Trauma: child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence
Students must select a research article that is a correlational study (see Chapter 1 for definition), where the researcher(s) are looking at (measuring) the relationship between two or more variables (see Chapter 1 for definition of variables).
Student must be able to clearly define the independent and dependent variable(s) in the study (see Chapter 1 for information on variables). This will become necessary in Week 2 when we begin writing our summaries.
Articles must not be more than 10 years old.
Articles must be on human subjects.
Articles must come from a psychology journal (not medical journals)
Articles must be downloaded from the library databases and submitted in the original PDF format. No other format will be accepted and will result in a 0 grade. Do not save the HTML version of the article into a PDF file. The databases offer the article in two formats: HTML and PDF. Students must submit the PDF version. The PDF maintains APA formatting and is a photocopy of the journal.
Studies with larger number of subjects have greater reliability and validity. As a suggestion, the article should have at least 100 subjects (people studied). Articles with a small sample size (less than 50), may not be used.
No case studies (see Chapter 1 for definition).
Select a research article with no more than 2 hypotheses. Some research articles have multiple studies (more than one hypotheses), and these become rather complicated to summarize.
Students must find their own article.
If you find an article difficult to understand, look for another.
Submitting (uploading) Your Article
Upload your article (if you require assistance, please contact eLearning). Students are responsible for a successful upload.
Grading criterion for this assignment:
Your article submission will be evaluated on how closely your followed the above instructions.
Research Article Summary Assignment (100 points)
Original Research Article Summary
This week, we will begin writing our research article summary, using the approved article from Week 1. If you have not found an approved article yet, keep looking. You have until June 14, 11:59 pm to write and submit your summary. When you submit your summary by June 14 pm, you must also re-submit the article. Failure to re-submit the article, will result in a zero grade for the summary.
Below you will find two instruction documents. The first defines original empirical research (which you have already seen), and the second provides the instructions for your summary. You will also see the information on how to find your article, for those students who are still looking. Students are graded on demonstration of reading, understanding and following the assignment instructions.
Read the two instruction documents located in the file named “Files” or click the links below:
Original Research Article CriterionSpring17.docx
Research Article Subject Guide and Instructions100online.docx