In this module, you will explore the concept of psychological studies in the media. In previous modules, you have explored scholarly and non-scholarly articles and empirical and non-empirical sources. Here you will continue to develop the skill of being a thoughtful data consumer.
Before answering the questions below, review the following resources:
Reading: Reconciling the Role of Serotonin in Behavioral Inhibition and Aversion: Acute Tryptophan Depletion Abolishes Punishment-Induced Inhibition in Humans (peer-reviewed journal article)
Video: Beware Neuro-Bunk (11:03)
Reading: The Cheesy Secret Behind Successful Decision Making (popular media article)
For your initial post, answer the following questions:
How did the authors of the peer-reviewed journal article summarize their own work versus the journalist’s summary in the popular media article?
Imagine you are summarizing a peer-reviewed journal article for a general audience. To avoid the oversights in the popular media article, what one major point would you ensure was communicated accurately to a general audience?
Why is it important to refer to empirical studies when you see claims in popular media?
How does the concept of psychological studies in the media apply to any of the following programmatic course themes?
Remember to respond to two peers while being respectful of and sensitive to their viewpoints. Consider advancing the discussion in the following ways:
Post an article, video, or additional research to reinforce a peer’s idea or challenge them to see their point from a different perspective.
Engage in conversation with your peers around the concept of psychological studies in the media.
To complete this assignment, review the Psychology Undergraduate Discussion Rubric. You will also need:
Norms of Practice for Online Discussion
Ethical Usage Practices
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