Critique the following online article and use theoretical/empirical evidence to support your arguments: Genre may impact cognitive training using video games

Critical review of an online article (80 marks) – 1000 wordsCritique the following online article and use theoretical/empirical evidence to support your
arguments: Genre may impact cognitive training using video games
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/1710… Relevant textbook chapters: Psychological Research, and Psychological Disorders In your review (critical analysis) you should address the following areas/questions: a) State the claims and key assumption(s): What key assumption(s) can be formulated based
on the claims made in the online article? b) Viability of the claims: What are the strengths and weaknesses of the claims? c) Modifications: Are there alternative explanations of the phenomenon? References (5 marks) – APA FormatTips on how to approach this assignmentIn writing your review, you should focus on issues around the key assumption(s) of the claims
made in the news article, the viability of the claims, and possible modifications to the claims.
Use theoretical and empirical evidence to support your arguments. Remember to reference any
sources you have cited in your review and apply the APA format. a) Key assumption(s) of the claims: First of all, identify the claims made by the author of the
online news article. Then think critically about what the key assumption or assumptions are
based on these claims. For example, consider an article which claims that teenage boys are
better than teenage girls in Maths. This assumption is based on research studies conducted
in co-educational secondary schools in Singapore where boys were found to outperform
girls in Maths.
b) Viability of the claims: Critically think about the basis for the (key) assumption being
made. You can do this by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the claims made by
the author of the online news article. How viable are the claims? Consider the assumption
that teenage boys are smarter because they are better in Maths than their female counterparts.
Are they really? Critically review this claim. The research study mentioned was conducted
in co-educational secondary schools in Singapore. Note that not all secondary schools in
Singapore are co-educational. Are there similar studies that were conducted in single-sex secondary schools in Singapore? Did girls from single-sex schools not perform as well in
Maths as their male counterparts in single-sex schools? Consider also that not all girls in coeducational
secondary schools come from co-educational primary schools. Could there be
other theoretical or empirical explanations for the inferior performance of girls in Maths
compared to their male counterparts in co-educational schools? c) Modifications: If the claims made are not viable, you may want to consider alternative
theories and/or research to support your alternative view. This requires you to read widely
on the topic concerned so that sufficient knowledge can be gained to present a meaningful
discussion. You will also need to back up your argument with supporting theoretical or
empirical evidence based on your readings. For example, Attribution Theory and the
principles of Locus of Control may better explain the phenomenon described earlier where
teenage boys outperform teenage girls in Maths in co-educational secondary schools in
Singapore.Attached my assignment
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PSY108
Introduction to Psychology 2
Tutor-Marked Assignment 02
January 2018 Presentation
PSY108 Tutor-Marked Assignment 02
January 2018 Semester
PSY108
TMA02
This tutor-marked assignment (TMA) is worth 25% of the final mark for PSY108 Introduction
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TMA02 Critical review of an online article (80 marks)
Critique the following online article and use theoretical/empirical evidence to support your
arguments: Genre may impact cognitive training using video games
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171003093959.htm
Relevant textbook chapters: Psychological Research, and Psychological Disorders
In your review (critical analysis) you should address the following areas/questions:
a) State the claims and key assumption(s): What key assumption(s) can be formulated based
on the claims made in the online article?
b) Viability of the claims: What are the strengths and weaknesses of the claims?
c) Modifications: Are there alternative explanations of the phenomenon?
References (5 marks)
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assignment.
Notes:
? Refer to the referencing guide entitled “Guidance on Referencing in APA Format”.
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author’s surname, comma, followed by the author’s initials (note full stops, letter spacing,
and commas where applicable especially if there is more than 1 author), year of
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publication in brackets, full stop, book title in italics (only the first word of the book title
starts with a capital letter) or journal article title not in italics (only the first word of the
article title starts with a capital letter), etc. (refer to the referencing guide).
5 marks: In-text citations and reference list are presented accurately in APA format; all sources
cited are presented in the reference list; the reference list is presented in alphabetical order;
hanging indentation is observed.
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may be one or two minor stylistic errors; there may be missing reference items from the list.
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0-1 mark: Badly written with serious grammatical/spelling/punctuation errors.
Pre-seminar Task (10 marks) – not related to TMA02
Tips on how to approach this assignment
In writing your review, you should focus on issues around the key assumption(s) of the claims
made in the news article, the viability of the claims, and possible modifications to the claims.
Use theoretical and empirical evidence to support your arguments. Remember to reference any
sources you have cited in your review and apply the APA format.
a) Key assumption(s) of the claims: First of all, identify the claims made by the author of the
online news article. Then think critically about what the key assumption or assumptions are
based on these claims. For example, consider an article which claims that teenage boys are
better than teenage girls in Maths. This assumption is based on research studies conducted
in co-educational secondary schools in Singapore where boys were found to outperform
girls in Maths.
b) Viability of the claims: Critically think about the basis for the (key) assumption being
made. You can do this by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the claims made by
the author of the online news article. How viable are the claims? Consider the assumption
that teenage boys are smarter because they are better in Maths than their female counterparts.
Are they really? Critically review this claim. The research study mentioned was conducted
in co-educational secondary schools in Singapore. Note that not all secondary schools in
Singapore are co-educational. Are there similar studies that were conducted in single-sex
SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (SUSS)
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secondary schools in Singapore? Did girls from single-sex schools not perform as well in
Maths as their male counterparts in single-sex schools? Consider also that not all girls in coeducational secondary schools come from co-educational primary schools. Could there be
other theoretical or empirical explanations for the inferior performance of girls in Maths
compared to their male counterparts in co-educational schools?
c) Modifications: If the claims made are not viable, you may want to consider alternative
theories and/or research to support your alternative view. This requires you to read widely
on the topic concerned so that sufficient knowledge can be gained to present a meaningful
discussion. You will also need to back up your argument with supporting theoretical or
empirical evidence based on your readings. For example, Attribution Theory and the
principles of Locus of Control may better explain the phenomenon described earlier where
teenage boys outperform teenage girls in Maths in co-educational secondary schools in
Singapore.
Reading and researching beyond the course material:
? You can start off searching the net using relevant key words – try Google Scholar. This
may throw up related or relevant articles that may lead to reputable journals for further
research.
? Conduct online research using SIM Library in Canvas:
– OneSearch
– Databases (PsycARTICLES, ScienceDirect…)
– eJournals
– eBooks
? Avoid citing material from Wikipedia – this is not a reliable source
Recognising Psychology in everyday life – The objective of Psychology is to understand
people and (hopefully) provide feasible recommendations for solutions that are in line with
psychological principles.
The rows of self-help books in any bookshop will give you a hint of the popular uses of
psychology. Popular media (e.g., novels and music) oftentimes carry psychological themes as
well. For example, Hamlet’s love for his mother could be psycho-analysed using the Oedipus
theory, while some songs suggest ways of dealing with stress, for instance, “don’t worry, be
happy”. Policies made by the government could have psychological implications as well. For
example, bilingual education may make it more difficult for clinicians to identify incidences of
developmental dyslexia as a plausible competing explanation for language difficulties.
In order to achieve the objective of Psychology, we have to be able to recognise the issues and
debate at stake, to critically analyse the claims, and to challenge the views with viable
alternatives.
In the present assignment, we would like you to demonstrate your skills in being able to identify
and critique psychological issues. This review exercise has been designed to help you develop
the following skills:
• reading articles critically
• appreciating how psychology and its relevance can take many different forms
• engaging in everyday life using psychological theories
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Generic Band Descriptors for Students
Excellent answer
? shows a clear and thorough understanding of the topic concerned by covering relevant
points accurately and comprehensively in a well-structured, focused and cohesive
manner
? provides excellent illustrations/examples/supporting evidence
? shows very strong evidence of critical thinking/analysis and in-depth understanding
? goes beyond expectation and shows original thinking
Good to Very Good answer
? shows a good to very good understanding of the topic concerned by covering relevant
points accurately in a well-structured, focused and cohesive manner
? provides good illustrations/examples/supporting evidence
? shows good evidence of critical thinking/analysis and in-depth understanding
Fair answer
? shows a fair understanding of the topic concerned by covering relevant points
adequately, but may not always be well-structured, focused and cohesive
? provides adequate illustrations or examples, however, they may not always be
appropriate
? shows little evidence of critical thinking/analysis and lacks in-depth understanding
Weak answer
? shows only rudimentary understanding of the topic concerned and only manages to
cover a relevant point or two adequately, but is not well-structured, focused and
cohesive
? attempts to provide illustrations or examples, however, they are generally inappropriate
or irrelevant
? shows no evidence of critical thinking
? may contain inaccuracies and omissions
Poor answer (borderline pass)
? does not show adequate understanding of the topic concerned and may not sufficiently
cover any of the relevant points
? does not provide illustrations or examples
? tends to be descriptive and may be off-point
? contains errors and misconceptions
Fail (less than 40%)
? shows very little understanding of the topic concerned and does not cover any of the
relevant points
? fails to provide illustrations or examples
? attempts to describe but is off-point
? contains serious errors and misconceptions
Bad Fail (less than 15%)
? shows no understanding of the question
? some marks may be awarded if there is evidence that some effort was made to make
sense of the question
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