Clinical Psychology Assignments

Assignment 3: Popular Press vs. Peer Reviewed Articles (30 Points)

General Psychology – UC Berkeley – Fall 2016

Uploads Due on Bcourses Before the Start of Assigned Sections Starting the Week of November 14th



This assignment is intended to have you compare and contrast the writing style and potential uses of a popular press article versus a peer-reviewed primary research article that discusses a psychologicalphenomenon, written within the last 10 years. The articles need to address the same area of interest (for example, depression and gender, love and crying, teenage norms and ostracism etc.), but do not have to necessarily be about the same exact experiment.  For hints on appropriate psychological phenomena, reference the textbook and lecture notes.

Your popular press report must come from one of the following:

Psychology Today (Avoid Blogs if You Access Online)                                                Time (Time Magazine)                                                    Newsweek (Note: Difficult to Find)

Your peer-reviewed primary research article must come from one of the peer-reviewed scientific journals listed below:

American Journal of Psychology

 I would suggest finding an article of interest in the popular press section first, and then searching for a related article in one of the approved peer reviewed primary research journals.  If overwhelmed or lost, the staff in the Doe Library or the Social Research Library will be able to direct you to the printed journals or alternatively be able to help you in your computer searches for the articles pertaining to your topic of interest.  HOWEVER, you should not harass the staff, demand that they conduct the search for you.  You should also not wait until the last second and then push for them to help immediately—remember, there are 1 to 4 of them working at a time, and hundreds of you that are writing this paper.  With that being said, I cannot stress enough how beneficial it is to use the resources that the library has made available to you.

For this paper you must: 

  1. Summarize the main points and evidence found within each resource in approximately 150-250 words per summary (NOTE: USE YOUR OWN WORDS, DO NOT PLAGAERIZE THE ARTICLES)
  2. Describe using examples at least 3 ways that the theoretical approaches or article writing styles are different (note: mentioning participant pools is too simple, and if you notice that they are addressing completely different topics, your articles aren’t related enough)
  3. Describe using examples at least 2 ways that the articles styles are similar in either goals, structure, or something similar to this
  4. Describe situation where you think that you would benefit using a popular press article, and then describe situations where you would be better off using a peer-reviewed research article
  5. Provide in-text citations and a reference page in APA format (including DOI number for the peer-reviewed article) 
  6. Attach the first page of each article (which has text) to the back of your paper OR email the full articles to your GSI before it is due
  7. Write a paper that is coherent, with smooth transitions between topics (no bullet points or lists)

Notes for both articles:

  1. Articles MUST be from the approved sources listed above
  2. Articles MUST be full articles (avoid summary papers, blurbs, or blogs)

Notes for the popular press articles:

  1. Again, make sure that your article is NOT a blog
  2. Articles MUST be less than 10 years old
  3. Articles MUST be at least 3 pages long in order to ensure that you’re reading a full article from one of these sources

Notes for the peer-reviewed articles:

  1. Be aware that many un-approved journals have similar names, misreading names will not be an accepted reason for not using articles from the approved journal list
  2. Articles MUST be less than 10 years old
  3. Articles MUST be at least 8 pages long.  This will ensure that you’re reading a full research article instead of a summary essay.  The one exception to this rule is for neuroscience topics.  Several well-written neuro articles are less than 8 pages long. 

ANY article that has one of the issues listed above will cost you 6 points.  In other words, if you intentionally or unintentionally select and article that does not come from a correct source, is a blurb or blog, or doesn’t meet the page requirements, you will lose 6 points per article.

The written portion of the assignments (not the reference page and attachments) should be a maximum of four, typed, double-spaced, pages in length—do not mess with font size and margins to make your paper longer or shorter.  You will not lose points for having a paper that is shorter than four pages, but if you are fulfilling all of the requirements, your paper will be at least two and a half full pages.

Make sure that your paper is written as an expository essay.  It needs to be coherent, with smooth transitions between topics, and it must be in essay form.  You should not have different sections in your paper.  There should also be no bullet points or other forms of separation in the paper. 

Please write several drafts, spell check, proofread, and revise your work before handing in your assignment.  You will not receive full credit if your assignment contains multiple grammatical, spelling, or stylistic mistakes. The University offers resources to help refine your writing. Your GSI will not be able to proofread drafts.

Papers must be uploaded in doc, docx, or pdf form into the appropriate submission page on the bcourses site before the START of your assigned section that the paper is due. Anything submitted after the start of that section—even 1 minute late—will receive 75% of the points earned for the paper.  Work submitted over 1 week after the due date will not be accepted and will receive no credit. No make-up work or re-writes will be offered or accepted.

A Caution About Plagiarism and Cheating:

Use your own words! Plagiarism and cheating in this assignment are not tolerated.  Anyone caught submitting work that is in some way not their own will receive a 0 on the paper and an entire grade reduction on their final grade.  Plagiarism can exist in many forms.  Examples of plagiarism include:

  1. Copying statements and writings of another without correctly acknowledging their contribution.
  2. Using the views and statements of others in your papers in a manner that makes them seem as if they were your own original views and statements.
  3. Constant paraphrasing and copying of statements throughout your paper (this can be considered plagiarism even if you cite your sources if you are doing this too frequently).
  4. Submitting a past paper that you have used, or submitting someone else’s paper.

If you have a question or concern about this, please contact the professor immediately.  DON’T leave room for uncertainty.


Structure of Assignment and Thesis Activity

Trainees are engaged in assessed academic activities across the three years of training in parallel to the teaching and placement activities. Whilst the exact timings will differ for each trainee, a typical timetable of this activity during the first 18 months of the programme is detailed in the table below.

Typical timetable of trainee assignment activity and thesis activity over the first 18 months of the programme

Standardised Role Play Simulation
Professional Issues Assignments
Systematic literature review
Service-Related Project
Placement Portfolio
Sep - Oct
Formative roleplayBegin generating topic ideas for SLRGenerate ideas for SRP, talk to field supervisors, complete and submit SRP topic form
Nov - DecPIA1 title submitted and approvedFinalise topic area and define SLR question Develop and submit proposal for review by the research team
Jan - MarPIA1 submittedSubmit SLR proposal for approval by exam boardSubmit feedback form and receive approval of title by exam board, agree supervision contract
Apr - JuneWrite SLR introduction & method, draft read Prepare and submit ethics applicationAAP1 submitted
Jul - SepSummative roleplayWrite SLR results & discussion, draft readData collectionAAP2 submitted
Oct - Dec
SLR submittedData analysis, begin write-up and draft reads CR1 & CRR1 submittedDecide thesis topic.
Decide likely thesis supervisor.
Hand in initial proposal form late Dec
Jan - MarFinalise write-up
FEB - submit SRP
Present SRP
Finalise choice of thesis supervisor.
Finalise choice of research strategy/method/ measures
See thesis table below
Apr - JunePIA2 title submitted and agreed
PIA2 submitted
AAP3 submittedSee thesis table below
Jul - SepAAP4 submittedPPR discussion day 4 - trainees talk about their possible PPR submission in a teaching session
PPR initial report 4 submitted
PPR2 presentation
See thesis table below
CR2 & CRR2 submittedSee thesis table below

During the second year of training work begins on the thesis project and this usually continues until near the end of the programme. The table below shows a target timetable of the thesis-related activity which tends to take place over years two and three of the programme.

Typical timetable of trainee thesis-related activity over the latter 18 months of the programme

Project ManagementResearch PaperLiterature ReviewEthics ProposalCritical AppraisalAppendices / Abstract
Sep - Oct
Decide thesis topic.
Decide likely thesis supervisor.
Hand in initial proposal form in late December
Start collecting references.Keep notes of important research issues.
Start reflective diary.
Jan - MarFinalise choice of thesis supervisor.
Finalise choice of research strategy/method/measures
Collect key references for ethics proposal and literature reviewIdentify ethics committee(s) to apply to.
Get relevant forms and deadlines for submission.
Note why you chose your strategy/methods/ measures, and not alternatives.
Continue reflective diary
Keep a clean copy of all measures used
Apr - JuneAgree a research timetable with supervisor.Collect and organise references for literature review.Hand in complete draft ethics proposal by end of May.
Finalise ethics proposal and gain ethical approval.
Keep notes on the process of applying for ethical approval
Reflective diary
Keep a copy of ethics proposal and all related correspondence
Jul - SepConduct pilot and amend procedures where necessary. Develop strategy for coding the data.Decide journal for research paper.Decide journal for literature review.Inform ethics committee of any amendments to the study based on the pilot.Keep notes of pilot data collection - when? who? how? refusals? Etc.
Keep notes of what you learned from the pilot - what you changed and why.
Reflective diary
Keep a clean copy of amended measures/ procedures. Keep a copy of correspondence re changes to procedures.
Oct - Dec
Conduct data collection for main study.
Code data as you go along.
Write draft method section.
Write draft introduction section.
Hand in draft literature review structure by end of October.
Hand in first complete draft of literature review by mid-December.
Keep notes of data collection - when? who? how? refusals? Etc.
Keep notes on data collection and coding process.
Reflective diary.
Jan - MarAnalyse data.Hand in draft introduction and method by end of January.
Write draft abstract, results and discussion sections.
Hand in first complete draft of research paper by end of March
Keep checking for new, relevant references.
Hand in second complete draft literature review by end of February
Organise themes from notes and reflective diary.
Collate notes and diary under these themes.
Reflective diary.
Produce appendices concerning data and all analyses conducted.
Write draft thesis abstract.
Apr - MayComplete final version of research paper.Complete final version of literature review.Hand in first complete draft of critical appraisal by end of March.
Complete final version of critical appraisal.
Collate and finalise appendices.
Finalise thesis abstract.
Complete cover sheet etc.
Hand in complete draft thesis to doctoral Programme by end of April.

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