Article Critique

Consistent with our Student Learning Outcomes 2, 4, and 5 – you will be critiquing a scholarly research article. The goals of these evaluations are to expose you to academic research and scientific writing, to familiarize you with new study designs and topics, and to apply what you’re learning week-to-week in this course.
ARTICLE CRITIQUE INSTRUCTIONS: This week you will be watching a “research talk” instead of reading a full research article. Research talks are when researchers present their study and findings in a concise talk (10-15 minutes). Typically, these talks are given at research conferences. You’ll see that typically research talks are organized just like a research article – so you should still be able to answer all of the same questions! So, for this week you will: (1) Read watch the Research Talk video by Emily Graupmen titled “Comparing Criterion for Subtyping Psychopathic Offenders” then (2) answer the questions below. All answers must be in complete sentences.  Please organize your responses with Headers (background, method, results, conclusion) and number responses.
BACKGROUND (4pts)
Based on the introduction and literature review, what is the primary “problem” that the researchers are concerned with?
Are there specific research questions to be answered OR hypotheses to be tested stated? (hint: you usually find these at the end of the lit review or in the “current study” section). If yes – what are they?
METHOD (4pts)
What is the sample of this study? Give as many details as possible regarding who the participants are, size, and major characteristics.
Tell me a little bit about the design and procedure of the study. Include details here about the type of study, specific steps taken, etc..
RESULTS (2pts)
What did the researchers find? Were their research questions answered? Did they confirm their hypotheses?
CONCLUSION (6pts)
What are the implications of this study? How can it be used to help improve practices, policies, etc? Can the findings help anyone?
What are the limitations? What did the researcher say were challenges or limitations of their research that need to be improved?
What are some suggestions for future research? This can either be what the researchers suggested for future research OR what you think would be interesting for the researchers to examine next.

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