synthesize psychological science

Written Assignment #5: How to synthesize psychological science

DUE DATE: June 19, 2019 before 11:59 PM.

Part 1

READING

For this part, you’ll be reading and writing simultaneously.

a. To learn why it’s important to synthesize psychological science and to learn how to synthesize psychological science, watch the following video, “How to Synthesize Psychological Science.” (A transcript of this video is available here.) Make sure you learn (from the lecture video):

1. the difference between synthesizing psychological science and Mad Libbing it;

2. why it’s preferred to place citations at the end of a sentence (in parentheses);

3. why you should almost always write about behavior and phenomena, not researchers and their studies; and

4. how to synthesize conflicting results (e.g., using “However, …”).

b. To practice synthesizing psychological science: 1. Read the abstract of Plester, Wood, and Joshi’s (2009) article, “Exploring

the Relationship Between Children’s Knowledge of Text Message Abbreviations and School Literacy Outcomes.”

▪ Identify and write down, using only one sentence, this article’s major finding.

2. Read the abstract of Plester’s (2008) article, “Txt Msg N School Literacy: Does Texting and Knowledge of Text Abbreviations Adversely Affect Children’s Literacy Attainment?”

▪ Identify and write down, using only one sentence, this article’s major finding.

3. Read the abstract of Kemp’s (2010) article, “Texting Versus Txtng: Reading and Writing Text Messages, and Links with Other Linguistic Skills.”

▪ Identify and write down, using only one sentence, this article’s major finding.

4. Download and save on your computer this fillable PDF. ▪ Rename the unfilled PDF to be YourLastName_PSY430_

Synthesize_Fillable.pdf. In other words, add your last name to the beginning of the filename.

▪ On your computer, open a PDF writer, such as Preview, Adobe Reader, or the like. Be sure to open your PDF writer app before you open the unfilled PDF from your computer.

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