Format: 2-3 typed pages, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman

Format: 2-3 typed pages, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font.
Content: First page has name and hyperlinks to both the popular media and scientific articles
o Complete all 3 sections below
o Avoid plagiarism – write in your own words – Your papers will be checked through and
you will have access to the similarity report so you can recognize any issues and address them before the
o Proofread! Read it for clarity and typos. If we can’t understand what you mean, you don’t get credit!
Popular media claims (<1 page): Find a media report describing psychological research for a public audience you can use one of the links below or find your own). - Describe the heading of the popular press article and the conclusions that seem to be drawn about the scientific study from the heading. - Describe what statistical analyses you would expect them to use to find results that support the claim being made. Scientific study evidence (<1 page): Find, summarize, and analyze the actual research article that the media is based on. Typically, the popular press article provides a link to the scientific article. [Note: If you have trouble finding it, you can use a study that tests the same variables.] - What is the hypothesis (or hypotheses) the researcher is testing? - What variables is the study examining? - What scale of measurement are these variables? - What population are they interested in? Who do they sample? - Did they use any of the statistical analyses you expected? How does the media article compare to the study (<1 page). - Evaluate the media report’s accuracy and describe how you would change the heading to be more accurate. - If you wouldn’t change the heading, explain why not. - What would the popular article lead readers to think or do? Is this an accurate conclusion?

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