Article Summary Homework assignment

The first article summary will be due on Thursday, 1 February. In this assignment, you will critically evaluate a classical paper on working memory. Specifically: Baddeley et al 1975.pdfPreview the documentView in a new window.

You should start by providing a full APA-style citation. In this case, I will model the style for you, although I will not do so in other article summary assignments.

Baddeley, A.D., Thomson, N., Buchanan, M. (1975). Word length and the structure of short-term memory. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior. 14, 575-589.

Below the citation information, you will critically evaluate the article by answering the following questions:

1. What were the researchers examining. Why is it important to examine that topic?

2. What was the hypothesis?

3. How did they test the hypothesis? Do their methods seem reasonable? Are there any glaring problems with the design that were not addressed?

4. What were the results?

5. How do those results compare with other articles examining either the same or similar hypotheses?

Given that there are several experiments in this study, these summaries should generally be 2-4 pages in length, 12pt font double spaced. I primarily want you to show me that you read and understood the paper. Note that each person in your group should be reading a different article, even though you’re researching the same topic.

Please let me know if you have questions.

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