In psychological work settings, we often have to summarize research and articles to ensure that the services we provide are aligned with current science and practice. The format in which this information is provided and the way it is utilized varies according to the end-user.
This assessment is designed to help you describe scientific research methods as presented in scholarly literature in the field of psychology. It will also help you differentiate between scholarly and non-scholarly sources.
In much of the scholarly literature that describes scientific research methods, you will notice a mention about the thesis statement and hypothesis. A thesis statement in an article is the sentence that describes what the paper or presentation intends to prove. It is the overarching main point of the author’s work. This differs from a hypothesis, which is used to predict outcomes in experiments.
Thesis example: Heads-up displays should not be used in cars because they distract drivers from the road.
- Note: The thesis tells a reader what a paper or article will be about. It lets the reader know right away what the conclusion will be.
Hypothesis example: We predict heads-up displays in cars will distract drivers from the road and cause more accidents.
- Note: The hypothesis provides a prediction (what happens in the future) that can be tested in an experiment.
To complete this assessment, do the following:
- Your paraphrases should include citations.