This assignment is designed to train you how to read and analyze the information presented in a standard scientific journal article. As scientists, we gain most of our information through journal articles and NOT textbooks so summarizing and evaluating an article is an important skill to acquire. If you have any questions about this assignment, feel free to email your course instructor. Make sure to put “PSYC 3306EL 12” in your subject heading.
Some of the terms and ideas will be unfamiliar to you as you read the article. To do this assignment you must research what these terms mean and how they fit into the study of learning. Some terms will become clearer as you progress in the course, but the ones not covered in the text are
your responsibility to research.
You must read the article linked below and provide a summary of the contents within approximately eight (8) double-spaced pages (do not be concerned if it goes a few pages over – up to 12 pages maximum).
This assignment must be typed. There is a lot of information to put into eight pages so you must be clear and precise and learn how to edit your thoughts so you can express them in the least amount of space possible.
Article: Kislal, S., & Blizard, D.A. (2016).
Conditioned context aversion learning in the laboratory mouse.
Learning & Behavior, 44, 309-319.
The various sections you should analyze are as follows:
Summarize the previous findings that are reported in the introduction. Comment on what conclusion (hypothesis) can be drawn from these studies. Outline (in your own words) the definitions of some of the key terms discussed in this paper (e.g., Conditioned taste aversion, Conditioned context aversion, CS-UCS delay).
Remember: Using other articles and referencing them properly is a key step to this section. Don’t just rely on information on this topic from this one article.
What are the authors’ hypotheses? What predictions were they making and why did they make them? Why was this article written and what questions did it try to answer? Why should we care?
general methods the experimenters used to gather their data. Summarize the different experiments’ methodologies in your own words so that a first year Psychology student could understand what took place. What were the independent variables (HINT: different groups) and dependent variables? They used a few different control groups. Make sure you explain the purpose of each control group.
What did they find? Summarize the results. Explain the graphs
in great detail (y-axis, x-axis) and give a description as to what they are telling you. Demonstrate that you know the point of each graph and explain how they support the authors’ hypothesis. Do not be vague!
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The volume is intended for undergraduate or graduate courses in psychology of learning,
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James E. Mazur is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Southern Connecticut State
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