Larry D. Thomas, Ph.D.
Psychology Instructor
Blinn College; Brenham Campus
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Article Critique


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1]  The critique must be typed and double spaced.
2] The paper must be 3 to 5 pages in length.

The article critique must be from a professional journal listed below.  

*  DO NOT USE Psychology Today!  
4]  The following journals are approved and in the library.


  American Journal of Psychology   American Psychologist Child and Family  
Child Development  Educational and Psychological Measurement   Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Journal of Applied Behavioral Science Journal of Applied Psychology   Journal of Clinical Psychology
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology   Journal of Counseling Psychology   Journal of Educational Psychology
Journal of Marriage and the Family   Journal of Personality   Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Mental Retardation   Mind   Psychological Assessment: A Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology  
Psychological Bulletin   Psychological Record   Psychology in the Schools  
Psychophysiology   Review of Research in  Developmental Education   Social Psychology Quarterly  


5] Half of the critique should cover a summary/description of the article and half of the critique should be your personal reaction.
6] Follow the Critique format below.


Firstname Lastname
Psyc 2301 or 2314 ‑ Section #
Semester and Year

Kagan, J. & Snidman, N. (1991). Temperamental factors in human development.  American Psychologist, 46(8), 856‑862.


Critique Summary

This is where you will summarize the journal article you have chosen.  You may think of it as a mini‑book report. Describe the study and include the following if applicable:

1]     What questions were addressed?
2]  Who were the subjects in the sample (ages, gender, ethnicity, etc.)?
3] What was the dependent and independent variables?
4] What tests, instruments or questionnaires were used in the study?
5] List any special equipment or situations used in the study.
6] What procedures did the study follow?  How was the study conducted?
7] Describe the results. What did the author discover?
8]  Discuss the implications of the study.


Personal Reaction

This is where you give your reaction to and opinion of the article.  For example, you may object to the sample or procedure the researcher used and/or you might have found that the article helped you to better understand a specific issue or problem.  In this section you might also include: 

1]    Provide an explanation of what interested you in the article.
2] Describe what you liked or disliked about the article.
3]  Describe anything you did not understand.
4] Discuss your thoughts about the results and conclusions.
5]       Explain what you would do differently if it were your research project.
6]  Discuss any cautions you would use about the results of the experiment.

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