Use structure to provide a logical flow: Each paragraph should argue for a single point – separate different pieces of your argument into different paragraphs, order paragraphs logically – new paragraphs build on previous ones to support your main point , connect the main ideas between paragraphs – use topic sentences and concluding sentences in each paragraph
Include relevant content only: Your goal is to interpret the article – the summary merely provides a basis for your argument, do not focus on enumerating technical details that are irrelevant to your main point, see specific instructions below for what should be included in the summary) – if it’s not in the rubric, don’t include it.
Properly substantiate your arguments: Do not make claims or assumptions without providing support – prove your point; don’t just state an opinion, provide a brief explanation of the cited studies – it should be clear what the findings were and how it relates to your point.
Use proper spelling and grammar: No run-on sentences! Numerous typos are distracting and indicate carelessness/laziness – check your work.
Define and summarize the specific psychological process, behavior, or phenomenon that is investigated in your article. You should clearly identify and explain the necessary psychological concepts. The descriptions should be related to theory and include enough detail so that a naïve reader could fully understand the topic of the article.
Identify the features of the groups (cultures) that are being compared in the study. Are these people from different countries? If so, what countries? Are they groups within the same country who are raised within separate subcultures or communities? Describe the groups in enough detail so that it is clear where they were recruited and how they differ from each other.
Describe the findings of the study. How do people from these different groups or cultures behave or think differently? Identify exactly which behaviors or responses were measured and the differences that were observed.
Explain the findings. Why are these groups different? Use psychological theories to explain why these groups differ in behavior, perceptual processes, or other psychological phenomenon. Describe the unique life experiences, backgrounds, or prior learning that presumably accounts for the observed findings.
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