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Published on 11 Dec 2010
School
UTSC
Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC02H3
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C02- ACADEMIC VS NON ACADEMIC SOURCES, LEC 02- Office hours:
weds 12-1pm
Why is this important?
becoming a better consumer
olearn to evaluate sources, discern valid research from pseudo
science
becoming a better contributor
oknowing your audience is and what they expect
obecome part of larger community of scholars who adhere to
certain standards
Types of scholarly articles
a) full length empirical article
o12-20 something pages in a journal
othere is orig data
osometimes secondary data
b) brief research report
oshorter article
o2-4 pages
oend of a particular journal
oarticles that have been accepted based on the fact that they liked
the papers submitted but didnt want to publish whole thing
owont have complete details
c) theory papers
ohave no data
odeveloping new theory
oelaborating on particular theory
olooking at theory A vs theory B
d) meta analysis
osynthesis of all the existing studies that have ever been done in
relation to a particular research question
ostandardize all results and then simplify it
oway of looking at all results together and seeing what they say
e) review paper/article
olooks at all of the research that ahs been done in an area until
that point
ohandy when starting research in a particular area
www.notesolution.com
Science reporting in popular press
General audience
oMust be accessible to ppl outside field
Must sell magazines!
oDrawing reader in is key
oWant continuing customers
Present exciting new discovery as breakthrough!
Present research as definitive/conclusive
Few words, in a compact space
Very simple but depends on magazine or newspaper
Writing in accessible language
Psychology is an area ripe for misrep
Lots of error variance
oLack of control
oState of technology
With respect to neuropsych research in particular, when
they do find something ppl will take that and run with it
oIntrinsically interesting
Everybody wants to know how ppl work
oEasy to relate to
Everybody is concerned with this
scientific communication as a way of dealing with a lack of purity
not individual scholars or one great scholar, but a community of
scholars
oWorking separately, but with the common goal of advancement
of the discipline
oShared understanding of the research process
building on previous work
variety of methods
peer review process
key differences between empirical study and pop press article
misleading title
treat speculation as fact
info that is over or understated
shift in emphasis- something minor in orig study that is treated as
major
no grey- true or not true
omitting important results
omitting qualifications to findings
www.notesolution.com
omitting important aspects of the research findings
over generalizing findings
inaccuracies in personal communication- when a reporter is talking to
author and there is a miscommunication
www.notesolution.com

Document Summary

C02- academic vs non academic sources, lec 02- office hours: weds 12-1pm.  becoming a better consumer: learn to evaluate sources, discern valid research from pseudo science.  becoming a better contributor: knowing your audience is and what they expect, become part of larger com munity of scholars who adhere to certain standards.  a) full length empirical article: 12-20 something pages in a journal, there is orig data, sometimes secondary data.  e) review paper/article: looks at all of the research that ahs been done in an area until that point, handy when starting research in a particular area www. notesolution. com.  general audience: must be accessible to ppl outside field.  must sell magazines: drawing reader in is key, want continuing customers.  very simple but depends on magazine or newspaper.  psychology is an area ripe for misrep.  lots of error variance: lack of control, state of technology.