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Post Your “Lesson” on APA style here

13 Apr

A nice link on writing paper

22 Sep

The link above is excellent on APA style. You can even download a powerpoint presentation. Check it out.

Sentence rewrite

4 May

Today we discussed more on writing a clear paper.  Here is the sentence in question. Practice writing

Even the youngest children could make style matches and could do so even when a subject matter match was also possible, suggesting that they are sensitive to artistic style and can focus on that dimension in the face of irrelevant variation on other dimensions.

LAB 3: Nutrition & Labels ABSTRACTS

20 Apr

For undergraduate research methods class, students all participated in the same lab.  The laboratory was designed to assess the influence of reading a nutritional booklet on subsequent looking at nutritional labels.   Students then had to write a paper in APA format.   Here we can see how about 20 different students wrote their abstracts.   Based on what we  have learned in class, let’s look at all of these abstracts and engage in the practice of “peer-review.” This is a great way to learn how to write an abstract. It is a beneficial exercise especially for non native speakers of English and a great way for people who have not taken Striano’s Research Method’s class to learn about abstract writing.

Now I have asked students in my class to review two abstract that they did not write. How do they critique each one? How would they suggest to rewrite it based on what we have learned in class?

Please choose an abstract that has not been reviewed 3 times.

This is also a way for the professor to see who has actually completed the assignment.   It makes grading really easy at the end of the semester. The assignment is due by midnight. Let’s see who is most likely to nail this assignment and is on the way to an A+ in  my Research Methods Class. NO PAIN. NO GAIN!

External visitors to the Research Methods BLOG are also encouraged to comment on these abstracts.  My class would love to hear from you!

How to write for the public

11 Apr


Adults and children interact with familiar people and strangers differently (CITE 2-3 research studies here). Infants discriminate familiar faces and stranger’s faces moments after birth (CITE here). Autism is a developmental social-cognitive disorder that influences facial and social processing. (THE QUESTION – BROAD TO MORE SPECIFIC). The question remains whether processing differences among children with autism are influenced by familiarity (REMAINING QUESTION). To address this question, we will assess how children with autism process faces of strangers and familiar people. (WHAT IS NEW) Children will view faces presented on an eye tracker, and their eye gazing patterns will be assessed. Our results will be used to develop more effective intervention strategies for Autism (WHAT WILL BE DONE WTH THE RESULTS? WHY DO WE BENEFIT).