Assignment: Article Synopsis 2 Objective: Your assignment this week is to search for and read a primary literature article on abehavioral neuroscience topic of your choice. You will then compose a 1 – 2 page (doublespaced) synopsis of the article.
Start by summarizing the main topic of the paper – what are the general topics andtheoretical relevance of the paper? This information is typically found in the Introduction.- State the specific topic that the paper considers.- Are there any specific hypotheses being tested? If so, what are they?- Briefly describe the Methods• It is not necessary to give every detail of the study’s methodology. Cover themain points – who were the subjects, what test(s) were administered and how.PSY 605: Foundations of Biopsychology- What were the key results of the study?• The Results sections will give a large number of statistics that may not all benecessary to include in the synopsis. A good way to decide what to report is tocheck which results are shown in the figures, and whether or not any of the otherreported results enhance, question, or contradict what the figures show.- What are the author(s)’ interpretations of their results and how do they add to the generaltheoretical framework of the field?• This information is typically found in the Discussion. Does it address the data?Does it follow from the results? Does it fit within the general framework/topic ofthe paper?• Are the author(s)’ conclusions consistent with their results? That is, were theirinterpretations of their data too loose? Too strict?- Your own critique/opinion: did the author(s) back up their conclusions with their data?What could/should they have done differently? What are some suggestions for follow-upstudies? This is a major component of a successful synopsis – as scientists, it is our job toevaluate the merits and limitations of the work in our field.Length of the synopsisThe synopsis should be approximately between 1 and 2 double spaced pages using a standardfont and type size.