Describe the method and design used to test the research question

Describe the method and design used to test the research question

PSY 550 Research Methods

Week 2 Assignment

Benchmark – Article Critique

View the library tutorial on using the databases and the empirical journal checklist. Find a scholarly peer reviewed journal from the library. Select a research study (complete with Method, Results, and Discussion sections).

In 750-1,000 words, analyze the article.

List the research question(s)/hypothesis being considered in the article.

Summarize the study being conducted, including the purpose of the study.

Describe the method and design used to test the research question(s)/hypothesis, including:

Discuss if you believe the method and design was the correct method and design for the study. If not what would your suggestion for method and design be.

Describe the variables, how they were defined and operationalized.

Discuss if the study is ethically sound. Why or why not. What elements are present, or lacking, to show it is ethically sound.

Include at least two to four scholarly sources.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies: 3.2: Critically evaluate psychological research; 3.4: Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice; and 4.1 Effective writing for scientific purposes.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

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The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.