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Running head: METHODS II PREVIEW ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Methods II Preview Assignment Instructions (Worth 40 Points)
Ryan J. Winter
Florida International University
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METHODS II PREVIEW ASSIGNMENT
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Methods II Preview Assignment Instructions
1). Psychological Purpose
The psychological purpose behind the Methods II Preview Assignment is to give you a
brief preview to the paper you will write in Methods II next semester. Not only do I want
you to see what will go into your eventual Methods II research paper, but I also want to
make sure that you can write a clear, succinct paragraph for a research study that covers
all of the relevant information needed to convey the important parts of a study in a single
paragraph (i.e. an Abstract).
The Abstract is one of the first items readers see. You need to convey a lot of information
in this very short paragraph, as the potential reader will decide whether to read your full
paper based on the information in the Abstract. There are several elements needed in the
Abstract about research studies, including information about: a). the research question(s),
b). the participants, c). the experimental methodology, d). the findings, and e). the
conclusions / implications. Being able to write a precise yet succinct Abstract takes some
effort, so make sure you go through several drafts before settling on your final version.
Make sure to include keywords / key phrases as well (keywords are an essential part of
articles, as these are the words or phrases that library databases like PsycInfo provide to
searchers interested in specific topics. Well, the authors actually recommended these
keywords, so if you include them for this short Abstract Assignment).
2). APA Formatting Purpose
This Article Critique assignment should once again assess your ability to follow APA
formatting guidelines. Use Chapter 14 in your Smith and Davis textbook for help, and
look at the instructions on the next page for guidance with formatting
3). Writing Purpose
I want to make sure you can write clearly and specifically, summarizing what might be a
20 page paper in a single paragraph. This assignment serves that purpose.
METHODS II PREVIEW ASSIGNMENT
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Methods II Preview Assignment (Worth 40 Points)
You will read a paper written by an actual Research Methods and Design II student from a prior
semester. This paper includes two studies the student conducted, with Study One introducing the
main variables and Study Two offering an extension with replication of Study One. Your job is
to read the whole paper and then complete the following (copy your answers and paste them into
the assignment dropbox on Blackboard by the due date – You can find an example of what I am
looking for in Blackboard as well):
Title Page (2 points)
1. For your title page, follow the same guidelines as your article critique paper. You can
include the same title and header as the study you are looking at, but make sure to put
YOUR OWN NAME as the author.
2. Your assignment should be in APA format in all respects (appropriate headers with
running head and page numbers; correct references where needed; correct alignment
of the headings, subheadings, fonts, spacing, etc.)
In Part One, I want you to answer the following (2 points for each question, or 18 points total):
1. What is the hypothesis for study one? Please give me both the null and alternative
hypotheses when you answer this question
2. What is the independent variable(s) for study one? Make sure you tell me how many
IVs there are and how many levels there are for each IV
3. What is the dependent variable(s) for study one? Note: there are several of these, so
focus on the ones the author analyzed.
4. What did they find in study one? Give the general outcome
5. What is the hypothesis for study two? Please give me both the null and alternative
hypotheses when you answer this question
6. What is the independent variable(s) for study two? Make sure you tell me how many
IVs there are and how many levels there are for each IV
7. What is the dependent variable(s) for study two? Note: there are several of these, so
focus on the ones the author analyzed.
8. What did they find in study two? Give the general outcome
9. I want you to review the references and spot the reference(s) that is (are) not in APA
format and rewrite it for me according to APA rules. Note: there may be as few as
zero and as many as ten incorrect references, so make sure to look at them all!
In Part Two, write an abstract for the paper! This should be fairly easy, as you can paraphrase the
information from Part One. However, this time you need to write it in one short paragraph (150
to 200 word maximum!). Note: there are two studies, and you have to mention both. Yes, this is
tough, but authors often summarize (in the same short abstract) papers that they wrote that may
include six or seven different studies! My suggestion is to find the overlap between both studies
METHODS II PREVIEW ASSIGNMENT
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and discuss both simultaneously. For example, “Both studies looked at X, but study two also
examined Y.” Make sure your abstract starts at the top of its own page (it should be all on its
own). Your abstract should include the following (2 points each, or 14 points total):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Include the word “Abstract” at the top of your abstract
Identify the general problem or research question (the hypotheses) for both studies.
Note the participants for both studies
Note the IVs and DVs for the studies
Note the findings for both studies
Note the overall conclusions / implications of the two studies
Please include keywords for the study (at least 5 keywords or phrases – these are not
included in the total word count)
Writing Quality (6 points)
1. Avoid run-on sentences, sentence fragments, spelling errors, and grammar errors.
2. The writing should be PERFECT here. You will lose a point for each writing error,
so proofread, proofread, and proofread some more!
3. Get a group member to review it for you! Review their abstract!
Total points possible: 40 points
Other guidelines for the Abstract Assignment
?
?
Upload your paper through available assignment blackboard link
This is an individual assignment, but you can get a group member to review it for you.
Methods II Preview! Abstract Assignment Checklist
General Paper Format
Yes
No
1. Is everything in your paper (including headers, the main body of your miniliterature review, and your references) in 12 point Times New Roman font?
2. Is everything in your paper double spaced, including references (here I mean
the spacing above and below each line, not the spaces following a period)?
3. Do you have one inch margins on all sides of the paper (one inch from the top
of the page, one inch from the bottom, and one inch from each side)
4. Are the first lines of all paragraphs indented roughly ½ inch?
5. Are your paragraphs aligned left? (That is, text should be flush left, with lines
lining up on the left of the page, but text should NOT line up on the right side
of the page – it should look ragged)
6. Do you need help figuring out how to configure a word document in APA
format (inserting headers, page numbers, proper indents, etc.)? If YES, I
highly recommend watching this video which walks you through setting up an
APA formatted paper! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pbUoNa5tyY
Title page (This section is identical your Article Critique Paper Title Page)
Header
1. Do you have the phrase “Running head” in your header (with a lower case h)?
2. Is the rest of your Running head title in ALL CAPS?
3. Is your Running head in 12 point Times New Roman font?
4. Do you have a page number (1) that is flush right (also in 12 point Times New
Roman font)?
Title / Name / Institution
1. Is your title 12 words or less (as recommended by the APA)?
2. Do all title words with four letters or more start with a capital letter?
3. Are your name and institution correct?
4. Are your title, name, and institution elements centered and in 12 point Times
New Roman font?
Yes
No
Yes
No
Part One – Study Components
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
What is the hypothesis for study one?
What is the independent variable(s) for study one?
What is the dependent variable(s) for study one?
What did they find in study one?
What is the hypothesis for study two?
What is the independent variable(s) for study two?
What is the dependent variable(s) for study two?
What did they find in study two?
Are the references correct? If not, correct them
Part Two – Abstract
Yes
No
Header
1. Is your header title present and identical to your header title on the title page?
2. Is your header title in ALL CAPS and 12 point Times New Roman font?
3. Does your header on this second page omit the phrase “Running head”
4. Do you have a page number starting on page 2
Abstract
1. 1. Is the word Abstract centered at the top of the page?
2. 2. Does the abstract start on its own page?
3. Did you identify your problem or research question?
4. Did you note the study participants?
5. Did you note the experimental or correlational method?
6. Did you note the findings?
7. Did you note the conclusions?
8. Did you identify the problem or research question?
9. Is your abstract 150-200 words?
10. Did you include at least five keywords or key phrases?
Writing Quality
Yes
No
1. Is it well written generally?
Abstract Assignment Grading Rubric (40 points possible)
Title Page – 2 Points (Must be PERFECT APA format!)
Part One – Provide information for the following (2 points each, or 18 points total)
a. What is the hypothesis for study one? Please give me both the null and
alternative hypotheses when you answer this question
b. What is the independent variable(s) for study one? Make sure you tell me how
many IVs there are and how many levels there are for each IV
c. What is the dependent variable(s) for study one? Note: there are several of
these, so focus on the ones the author analyzed.
d. What did they find in study one? Give the general outcome
e. What is the hypothesis for study two? Please give me both the null and
alternative hypotheses when you answer this question
f. What is the independent variable(s) for study two? Make sure you tell me how
many IVs there are and how many levels there are for each IV
g. What is the dependent variable(s) for study two? Note: there are several of
these, so focus on the ones the author analyzed.
h. What did they find in study two? Give the general outcome
i. I want you to review the references and spot the reference(s) that is not in
APA format and rewrite it for me according to APA rules. Note: there may be
as few as zero and as many as ten incorrect references, so make sure to look at
them all!
Part Two – Abstract (2 points each item, or 14 points total)
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
g.
Include the word “Abstract” at the top of your abstract
Identify the general problem or research question (the hypotheses) for both
studies.
Note the participants for both studies
Note the IVs and DVs for the studies
Note the findings for both studies
Note the overall conclusions / implications of the two studies
Please include keywords for the study (at least 5 keywords or phrases – these
are not included in the total word count)
Writing Quality (6 points)
Running head: CHOOSING A SUSPECT
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That’s Him! Choosing a Suspect From A Lineup
A Student
Florida International University
CHOOSING A SUSPECT
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Part One
(Student example answers are in red)
1. What are the hypotheses for study one?
There were several hypotheses, though they only analyzed two of them. First, they
predicted that participants would choose a suspect more frequently in the target
present condition than when told the suspect may or may not be present or when they
were given no information about the suspect being present. Second, they predicted
that participants would be more confident in their choice than all other conditions.
2. What is the independent variable(s) for study one? Make sure you tell me how many
IVs there are and how many levels there are for each IV
There was one independent variable in study one with three levels: 1). Some
participants were given lineup instructions which said the target was present in the
lineup. 2). Some participants were given instructions in which the target “might” be
present. 3). Some participants were not given any instructions.
3. What is the dependent variable(s) for study one? Note: there are several of these, so
focus on the ones the author analyzed.
There were several of these, the three most important of which were 1). A
manipulation check in which they were asked to recall the instruction they were given
prior to the lineup. 2). Whether the participant actually chose a suspect from the
lineup. 3). How confident they there were in their lineup choice.
4. What did they find in study one? Give the general outcome
As predicted, participants who were told the participant was in the lineup were more
likely to choose a lineup suspect and were more confident in their choice than
participants in the “might” be present or no instruction conditions
5. What are the hypothesis for study two?
Like study one, the authors predicted that participants would both choose and have
more confidence in their choice than participants in the target “might” be present
condition (This second study lacked the “no instruction” condition). They also
predicted that participants would be more willing to choose a suspect and have more
confidence in that choice when there were eight lineup members compared to four
members. Finally, they predicted that those given target present instructions and an
eight person lineup would be most willing to choose and have more confident in their
choice than those in all other conditions.
6. What is the independent variable(s) for study two? Make sure you tell me how many
IVs there are and how many levels there are for each IV
CHOOSING A SUSPECT
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There were two independent variables in this study. The first one was lineup
instructions (target present versus target “might” be present). The second one was the
number of participants in the lineup (eight versus four members)
7. What is the dependent variable(s) for study two? Note: there are several of these, so
focus on the ones the author analyzed.
Like study one, there were three important dependent variables. 1). A manipulation
check in which they were asked to recall the instruction they were given prior to the
lineup. 2). Whether the participant actually chose a suspect from the lineup. 3). How
confident they there were in their lineup choice.
8. What did they find in study two? Give the general outcome
Like study one, participants in the target present condition chose and were more
confident in their choice than participants in the target “might” be present condition,
but only when given an eight person lineup. The target present and target “might” be
present conditions had similar results for four person lineup conditions.
9. I want you to review the references and spot the reference(s) that is not in APA
format and rewrite it for me according to APA rules. Note: there may be as few as
zero and as many as ten incorrect references, so make sure to look at them all!
There were two incorrect APA references. They should look like the following:
Brigham, J., Ready, D., & Spier, S. (1990). Standards for evaluating the fairness of photographic
lineups. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 11, 149-163. DOI: 12323-38271
Pezdek. K., Blandon-Gitlin, I., & Moore, C. (2003). Children’s face recognition memory: More
evidence for the cross-race effect. Journal of Applied Psychology, 88, 760-763. DOI:
38765-DY2972
CHOOSING A SUSPECT
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Abstract
Two studies looked at eyewitness confidence in lineup studies. In study one, 551 undergraduate
participants saw a picture of a target “suspect”. They then viewed an eight person lineup that
altered the lineup instructions (they were told the target was either present, might be present, or
they were not given any information, though in reality the target “suspect” was always missing).
The authors predicted that participants would both choose a suspect and be more confident in
their choice when told the target was present compared to the other two conditions. Results
confirmed this prediction. In study two, 337 participants also received either the target present or
might not be present instructions, though they were given a lineup that differed in size (eight
versus four members). Like study one, participants in the target present condition chose and were
more confident in their choice than participants in the target might be present condition, but only
when given an eight person lineup. This implies that telling someone that a person is present in a
lineup can lead them to find a suspect, but only if they have a lot of lineup choices.
Keywords: target present, target absent, simultaneous lineups, confidence, system variables

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