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Critique a Popular-Press Article About Psychology

Paper Guidelines: Introduction to Psychology


Critique a Popular-Press Article About Psychology

-Pick a popular-press article (e.g., from a newspaper, magazine, etc.) about a topic relevant to psychology. Include a link to the article in your paper.

-Assess what the authors got right and what they got wrong. If the article cites psychological research, then find and cite the original research. Also, assess whether the authors of the popular-press article accurately represent the original research.

-Analyze the article with a critical eye. For example:

-Are their alternative explanations for the phenomenon that the article


-Does the article ignore important implications of the research that it discusses?

-Does the article leave unanswered questions about the topic?

-Find peer-reviewed articles to support or refute aspects of the popular-press article.


General Guidelines

-The paper should be 3-5 pages. It should be typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font. Do NOT include a title page or abstract. Your reference page does not count toward the 3-5 pages. The exact length of your paper depends on how much space is required to make a persuasive argument, adequately explain a topic, provide appropriate background information, etc. Scientific writing (like this paper) must be concise.

-The paper should cite a minimum of five peer-reviewed articles. One easy way to find full-text, peer-reviewed articles is to go to the TU library website, click on “Databases” then search for Google Scholar. If you are unsure of whether an article is peer-reviewed, you can check the journal’s website (you can also ask me). The exact number of citations in your paper should depend on how much research exists about your topic, how many citations are requires to justify the points you make, etc.

-The paper should be in APA format. The following website is a helpful resource for formatting:

The paper is due 3/15. The papers should be emailed to me ( by the end of the day (i.e., midnight) on the due date. They should be sent as email attachments (Word or PDF). Late papers will be penalized by 25%. Students will get zeros for any papers not turned in by the final exam make-up session.

-If you complete the paper according to the requirements and are dissatisfied with the grade you earn, you can re-do the assignment (by the last day of classes) to replace your original grade. If you re-do the assignment, you must pick a new article to write about. If your grade for the re-do is lower than your original grade, your original grade will go in the grade book.   


Grading Rubric:

10% – Appropriateness of Topic/Popular-Press Article

15% – Fulfillment of Requirements

5% – APA formatting

30% – Clear, Concise Writing

40% – Analysis of Topic

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