Research findings are frequently presented in the media. However, how well does the media sound bite accurately reflect the original research it is summarizing? Students will be asked to conduct an Internet search for one research study on a topic in positive psychology that is published in an online magazine, newspaper, blog site, etc. Students should then locate the original academic journal article the online media source is referring to.
please address the following:
1) What audience is the online article targeting (e.g., general public, certain age groups, gender, ethnicity, health conscious, etc.)?
, 2) Provide a summary of the study attributes that are included in the online media piece (i.e. number of participants, age, gender, ethnicity of participants, what the objectives of the research were, what methods were used, what are the key findings, what conclusions are presented, what limitations are presented),
3) Compare what was published in the online article versus the original academic journal article it is referring to: are there any significant discrepancies between the two? Is the online media piece missing any important information? Does the online media piece do an adequate job of accurately presenting the studys objectives, methods, findings and does it draw valid conclusions based on the original academic journal articles data or does it seem to exaggerate or alternatively minimize the importance of the original research findings?, and
4) What in your view are the strengths and limitations of the original research academic article and what future directions should this line of research take?
Please be sure to cite your references in accordance with the latest APA Publication Guidelines (7th edition). A reference page should also be included and is not counted towards the 2 single-spaced pages you have for the assignment. You should also include a PDF copy of the online media article you are critiquing with your submission.