What kinds of questions should you ask when critically analyzing research?


Write 4–6 pages in which you present and support an argument on what you believe to be the most prominent factors in the causes of depression. Base your assessment on the two scholarly articles previously analyzed in your Research Analysis assessment.

Note: Assessments in this course will help you progressively build your critical thinking, analysis, and writing skills. Completing the assessments in sequential order, 1–5, will give you the best opportunity for success in demonstrating each of these skills.
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Professionals in psychology must be able to critically analyze multiple perspectives of research and determine the most compelling argument.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
•Competency 1: Apply information literacy and library research skills to obtain scholarly information in the field of psychology. ◦Support arguments with scholarly evidence.

•Competency 2: Apply psychological theories and principles to topics in psychology. ◦State a position on the causes of depression.

•Competency 3: Analyze scholarly information and research findings through critical thinking to solve problems in the field of psychology. ◦Identify arguments to support the position taken on the causes of depression.

•Competency 4: Apply ethical principles and standards to topics in psychology. ◦Apply ethical principles or standards to concerns in research on depression.

•Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for professionals in the field of psychology. ◦Write coherently to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional.
◦Use APA format and style.

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Becoming competent in psychological science means that you not only develop a set of ideas about how people think and behave—you also gain an understanding of how psychologists arrive at their conclusions. Nearly all psychological research relies on the ability to make generalizations about a population based on a sampling of data, with a fair amount of certainty. Those professionals who perform research rely on statistics to analyze the results, but there are many more who will read the results of the research and apply it in the real world. It is important to be able to critically analyze any research findings in order to determine if the methods used and the results reported are valid, and if they are relevant to you as a professional. Inaccurate findings could lead to improper application, creating flaws and confusion in the scientific knowledge you are building. In order to critically analyze research reports, you need to consider the context in which the research was conducted, the methods used by the researchers to address the research questions, what the results of the research are, what conclusions the researchers made from the results, and if the conclusions are important.
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Questions to Consider

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
•What kinds of questions should you ask when critically analyzing research?
•How can you determine the validity and credibility of research?

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Required Resources

The following resources are required to complete the assessment.

Internet Resources

Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have either been granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
•American Psychological Association. (2014). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx
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Suggested Resources

The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.

Capella Resources

Click the links provided to view the following resources:
•Cause of Depression Resources.
•Cause of Depression Sample Paper.
•APA Paper Template.
•Citing a Website.
•MEAL Plan.
◦You will use the MEAL Plan to complete this assessment.
◦The MEAL Plan is an acronym for remembering the key points to include when writing a persuasive paper. It stands for Main point, Evidence, Analysis, and Links. These are all key things to think about as you develop the main body of your paper.
◦The main point of a paragraph will be your first argument:
◦Your (M) main point must be supported.
◦(E) Evidence: the data, experiences, examples, or illustrations that support your argument.
◦The (A) analysis should be based on your interpretation of the evidence rather than simply the presentation of the evidence, and it can include comparisons or contrasts to build your position. It should also include rebuttals of counter-arguments presented in the research. If you use quotes, be sure to follow the quote with an analysis of the quote and the specific point it makes for your position.
◦Finally, (L) links and summarizes your argument and shows how your paragraph fits together and leads into the next section of the paper, which is your next argument.
Review the MEAL Plan Handout for additional information.

•RefWorks. ◦Organizing Your Research: As you begin to research your topic in the Capella Library, you will likely run across a number of articles that will be interesting to you. You may find yourself challenged to keep all of your research organized. Capella offers the RefWorks tool to help learners with this organizational challenge. Explore the following links to learn more about RefWorks, what it can do for you, and how to set up an account.

Capella Multimedia

Click the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces:
•The Four Stages of Writing: Stage 4: Revising | Transcript.

Library Resources

The following e-books or articles from the Capella University Library are linked directly in this course:
•Sude, M. E. (2013). Text messaging and private practice: Ethical challenges and guidelines for developing personal best practices. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 35(3), 211–227.
•Barnett, J. E. (2008). The ethical practice of psychotherapy: Easily within our reach. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64(5), 569–575.

Course Library Guide

A Capella University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the PSYC-FP3002 – Developing a Psychology Perspective Library Guide to help direct your research.

Internet Resources

Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have either been granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
•Lee, C. (2010). How to cite something you found on a Website in APA style [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2010/11/how-to-cite-something-you-found-on-a-website-in-apa-style.html
•University of Michigan Health System. (n.d.). Depression Center. Retrieved from http://www.depressioncenter.org/
•National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
•National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nami.org/

Assessment Instructions

Write 4–6 pages about the most significant causes of depression that presents your position defending either the biological or the cognitive-behavioral perspective.

Your completed assessment should be 4–6 pages in length of content, not counting the title page and references page. Use the two articles you previously analyzed in the Research Analysis assessment, along with two additional scholarly or professional sources, to build three arguments for your position and support those arguments with evidence from research. If you have updated sources that you prefer to use, you may use those instead. To help you follow APA guidelines for formatting and referencing your resources, you may use the APA Paper Template linked in the Resources under the Capella Resources heading.

In your paper, include the following:
•Title page.
•Presentation of argument 1 and supporting evidence.
•Presentation of argument 2 and supporting evidence.
•Presentation of argument 3 and supporting evidence.
•Discussion of Principles and Standards of the American Psychological Association on ethics as they apply to the research. Cite specific Principles and Standards as applicable.
•Summary and Conclusion. ◦Summarize your main points concerning arguments and evidence.
◦Reach a final conclusion about the position and what it means.

•References page.

You can view the Causes of Depression Sample Paper in the Resources as an example of one way to format your position, arguments, and evidence.

Additional Requirements
•Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
•APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting guidelines.
•Number of resources: A minimum of four current scholarly or professional resources.
•Length: 4–6 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the title page or references.
•Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.

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