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Mr. Grimace or Ms. Smile: Does Categorization Affect Perceptual Processing in Autism?

27 Aug

The Look of Love: Gaze Shifts and Person Perception

27 Aug

Ethics, Data fraud & morality

12 Aug

The science of happy marriage

11 May


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!

Assignment: Graphs Pros and Cons

14 Apr

Ever see a graph in the media that you did not understand?  What about a graph that left all of your questions answered?

Let’s take a look at the media and look for the pros and cons of graphs. Did the designer take my research methods class? Is the graph clear? Properly labeled?  How would you improve it?

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).