Critically evaluate the scientific study

Critically evaluate the scientific study

Critically evaluate the scientific study

Your assignment is to write a critique of both the news article and the scientific journal article on which it is based. To structure your paper, please respond to all of the questions as below. You should include the numbering in your write up. (You may delete the questions)

The paper must be no more than 1000 words in length. Please double space your work and use a 12 pt font.

Describe the study (8 points)

  1. Carefully read the scientific journal article. Briefly explain the experimental design (conditions, manipulations, dependent measures) and results (what did they find?) This description should take approximately one page of text.

Critically evaluate the scientific study (5 points)

  1. Discuss any shortcomings/limitations of the study. Try to think of your own (avoid simply rehashing those discussed by the study’s authors).
  2. Do you think that the study’s authors drew valid conclusions from their results? If so, why?  If not, what would you conclude?

Critically evaluate the news article (8 points)

  1. What (if anything) did the news article do well? Was it accurate? Explain your thinking.
  2. What (if anything) did the news article do poorly? Was it sensationalized? Explain your thinking.
  3. If you were the one writing the news article, what additional detail(s) about the study would have been most helpful to convey to the public? Justify your answer.

Comments on possible follow-up studies (4 points)

  1. What kinds of follow-up studies you would like to see done to gain more insight into the issues at hand? (Note: this should be a more substantial proposal than a simple replication with more subjects.)

Over-length paper (> 1,000 words) -2 points for each 250 words over limit

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    11/21/2018 How Dogs Learn Words | Psychology Today 1/5

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    Thomas Hills Ph.D. Statistical Life


    Samson Source: Thomas Hills

    How Dogs Learn Words By neuroimaging dogs in an fMRI scanner, we see the canine origins of learning. Posted Oct 31, 2018


    What makes a dog able to learn? New research suggests that it may be the gift of confusion.

    Let me unpack that.

    My dog, Samson, is about 1.5 years old. Like most dogs, he knows that words mean things. He knows that there are words like ball and walk and yes, and he knows what they mean. Of course, this is nothing compared to Chaser, a famous border collie, who knew more than a thousand words and could retrieve objects based on their label.

    But what Samson and Chaser have also learned is something far more important than the labels of any individual objects: They’ve learned that a sound can refer to things (like balls), verbs (like walking), and to affirmations (yes, keep doing that). And that means that new sounds can refer to new things.