Chapter 4 Assignment: Sleep Article Report
Objectives: Students will...
- critically analyze a research article in the area of consciousness and sleep.
- become familiar with an academic research article.
- Choose one of the articles listed (scroll down to find the articles).
- Write a 500+ word analysis of the article. The analysis should include the following information:
- An overview of the article's focus. What is the research purpose, research question, and/or hypothesis of the study?
- An explanation of the major concepts related to the study.
- A description of the methods used in the study. Refer to chapter 1 in the textbook (starting at p. 18) to help you discuss research methods. Who was studied, in what ways, and for how long? Was the study designed to describe what, explain why, predict when, or control how? Did the researchers use naturalistic observation, laboratory observation, case studies, surveys, or some other way to investigate answers to their research question?
- A description of the research findings. What did the researchers learn?
- Possible concerns or questions you have regarding the ethics in conducting the study (see pp. 35-36 in the textbook) or bias in the researchers' conceptualization, methods, or findings in the study (see pp. 21, 23, 25 in the textbook). This part is mandatory. If you say you don't have any concerns or questions about ethics or bias, explain why in detail.
- Your analysis will be presented to the class. This means you should know what you are talking about. Look up any terms that you don't understand and take notes on what you are learning.
- Write to provide the class with an understanding of the article. Explain the article in your own words. You should reference specific information from the article, and you should provide a few key quotes from the body of the article.
- This is not an opinion paper. Your writing and presentation should be grounded in scientifically accepted understandings in the area of consciousness and sleep. You may use your textbook to support your report.
- When referring to information within the article or any source, cite the reference. Citations must occur in-text AND at the end of the paper. Citations must be in APA format. Visit Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) for formatting guidance on in-text citations and the reference list.
- 500+ words.
- Heading and references do not count toward the word count.
- Make sure you edit your paper for grammar, spelling, style (write in paragraphs, not one long chunk of text), and academic language.
- Formatting : 4-part heading, standard 12-point font, 1 inch margins, double-spaced.
- Print or submit via email.
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