LAPC Statistics Initial Post Discussion

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You will look for a peer-reviewed journal research article using Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research. This is the only journal website you are allowed to use. You will choose ONE research article that describes an experiment (this is a MUST!). Remember that an experiment is where researchers have at least one experimental and control group; and researchers manipulate the independent variable, where the experimental group is getting some kind of treatment and the control group does not. Discussing a correlational study will result in an automatic zero for this assignment. The research article must be recent, as in within the last year. Your one research article MUST come from Volume 27, Spring 2022, OR Volume 26, Winter 2021, OR Fall 2021, OR  Summer 2021, OR Spring 2021. The last requirement is that you must choose an article that is different from your classmates’. There are lots of articles to choose from so I expect you to choose different ones. Check the discussion before picking your article to see if someone has already written about that article and make sure to choose a different one. 

HINT: Please make sure to choose a research article that you are willing to read and analyze. Also, before answering the questions below, make sure that you fully understand the experiment that was conducted and why.

Journal articles are usually divided into sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. The introduction generally outlines the rationale for the study, the literature review, and research question(s) and/or hypotheses. The methods section typically outlines how the study was conducted: the materials, design, participants, operational definitions of independent and dependent variables. The results section reports the descriptive and inferential statistical analyses. The discussion section translates the statistical analyses into understandable language. It also provides implications of the study and next steps.

Part 1: Initial Post

Once you have chosen, read, and annotated your peer-reviewed journal article (most likely will need to read it more than twice), you will provide answers to the questions below. Please make sure to provide the link or upload the PDF document for your article.

Click on the “Reply” button and type in your answers to the following questions. 

  • Who is/are the author(s) of this article? What is the title of the article? When was it published (include Volume #, & page #s)?

Introduction Section (All of your answers to the questions below MUST be summarized and in your own words.)

  • What are the two or three main things you learned from the introduction? What is/are the hypothesis(es) of the study?
  • How many participants were in the study? Who were the participants (e.g., college students, older adults, infants, etc.)? Please make sure to include demographics, such as age, ethnicity, etc.
  • What were the independent and dependent variables?

Methods Section (All of your answers to the questions below MUST be summarized and in your own words.)

  • What materials were used in the study? Did the participants compete a survey, use a computer program, were they interviewed, etc.?
  • Briefly summarize what the participants did. If more than one experiment was conducted, just summarize one of them.

Results Section (All of your answers to the questions below MUST be summarized and in your own words.)

  • How were the data analyzed (i.e., what statistical analyses were used)? 
  • Did the author(s) find significant results? Briefly explain what the authors found.
  • What did you learn from the figure (or table, or graph) in the results section?

Discussion Section (All of your answers to the questions below MUST be summarized and in your own words.)

  • Was/Were the hypothesis(es) supported?
  • Were the results consistent with the previous literature discussed in the introduction?
  • What can you conclude from this study?
  • Did the author(s) make any suggestions for further investigation? If so, what suggestion(s) was made?
  • What did you think of the article?
  • Was it an effective study? Do you accept the results? Why or why not?

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