Popular press article versus a peer-reviewed primary research article

Compare and contrast the writing style and
potential uses of a popular press article versus a peer-reviewed primary research article that discusses a
psychological phenomenon, written within the last 10 years. The articles need to address the same area of interest (for example, depression and gender, love and crying, teenage norms and ostracism, etc.) but do not have to necessarily be about the same exact experiment. For hints on appropriate psychological phenomena, reference the textbook and lecture notes.
Your popular press report must come from one of the following:
Psychology Today (Avoid Blogs if You Access Online) Time (Time Magazine) Newsweek (Note: Difficult to
Your peer-reviewed primary research article must come from one of the peer-reviewed scientific journals
listed below:
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuropsychology
Cognitive Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Educational Psychologist
Experimental Psychology
Health Psychology
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
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Journal of Applied Psychology
Journal of Comparative Psychology
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Journal of Counseling Psychology
Journal of Educational Psychology
Journal of Mind and Behavior
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Journal of Personality Psychology
Journal of Social Psychology
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly
Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
The Journal of Neuroscience
You can search for specific articles in these journals at the Social Research Library. The link for how to
locate this library and its resources is https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/psychology. I would suggest finding an
article of interest in the popular press section first, and then searching for a related article in one of the
approved peer reviewed primary research journals. If overwhelmed or lost, the staff in this library will be
able to direct you to the printed journals or alternatively be able to help you in your computer searches for
the articles pertaining to your topic of interest. HOWEVER, you should not harass the staff, demand that
they conduct the search for you. You should also not wait until the last second and then push for them to
help immediately—remember, there are 1 to 4 of them working at a time, and hundreds of you that are
writing this paper. With that being said, I cannot stress enough how beneficial it is to use the resources that
Susan Edwards (the head librarian) and everyone at the Social Research Library have made available to
For this paper you must:
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Summarize the main points and evidence found within each resource in approximately 150-250 words per
Describe using examples at least 3 ways that the theoretical approaches or article writing styles are
different (note: mentioning participant pools is too simple, and if you notice that they are addressing
completely different topics, your articles aren’t related enough)
Describe using examples at least 2 ways that the articles styles are similar in either goals, structure, or
something similar to this
Describe situation where you think that you would benefit using a popular press article, and then describe
situations where you would be better off using a peer-reviewed research article
Provide in-text citations and a reference page in APA format (including DOI number for the peer-reviewed
Attach the first page of each article (which has text) to the back of your paper OR email the full articles to
your GSI before it is due
Write a paper that is coherent, with smooth transitions between topics (no bullet points or lists)
Notes for both articles:
Articles MUST be from the approved sources listed above
Articles MUST be full articles (avoid summary papers, blurbs, or blogs)
Notes for the popular press articles:
Again, make sure that your article is NOT a blog
Articles MUST be less than 10 years old
Articles MUST be at least 3 pages long in order to ensure that you’re reading a full article from one of these
Notes for the peer-reviewed articles:
Be aware that many un-approved journals have similar names, misreading names will not be an accepted
reason for not using articles from the approved journal list
Articles MUST be less than 10 years old
Articles MUST be at least 8 pages long. This will ensure that you’re reading a full research article instead of
a summary essay. The one exception to this rule is for neuroscience topics. Several well-written neuro
articles are less than 8 pages long.
ANY article that has one of the issues listed above will cost you 6 points. In other words, if you intentionally
or unintentionally select and article that does not come from a correct source, is a blurb or blog, or doesn’t
meet the page requirements, you will lose 6 points per article.


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