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PSYC 465 (Musial): Experimental Psychology

Research Guide for Dr. Musial's section of the PSYC 465 course

Reading & Analyzing Journal Articles

When you're reading journal articles, look for key information like:

  1. What are the main hypotheses? What research findings built up to this hypothesis?
  2. Why is this research important?
  3. What are the theoretical perspectives of the authors?
  4. What is the sample size?
  5. What are the study's independent and dependent variables?
  6. Were the research measures and procedures appropriate for studying the stated hypothesis?
  7. What were the key research findings? Is the evidence falsifiable?
  8. Are the authors' conclusions supported by the data? 
  9. Did the authors show any bias?

Try out the post How to Read and Get the Most out of a Journal Articles, by the Journal of European Psychology Students (JEPS), which describes the Three Pass Approach to reading and understanding Psychology journal articles. 

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