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PSYC 4800: Primate Models of Human Behavior (Brosnan): Assignment
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PSYC4800 PRIMATE MODELS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR

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WRITING ASSIGNMENTS

Brief description of your assignment:

  • Find a good popular press article that covers an empirical study on primate behavior.
  • Find the accompanying empirical study.
  • Get specifics from your writing assignment handout. 

Remember, for approval, send Dr. Brosnan:

  • a link to the popular press article.
  • a PDF attachment of the accompanying empirical article.

SEARCH TIPS: POPULAR ARTICLE

Choose a popular news site (CNN, Reuters, New York Times, National Geographic etc.), find their search feature, and try many combinations of searches on a topic that interests you. For example:

  • primate behavior, capuchin behavior, capuchin research, primate behavior capuchins, aggression study capuchins, aggression research capuchins, etc.

Do a Google search on a topic of interest, and then click on "News" in the upper menu to see if you can find a popular news article on your topic.

SEARCH TIPS: EMPIRICAL ARTICLE

Sometimes, the popular article will have a link to the empirical article. If you cannot access the full-text of the empirical article, contact me for help.

If there is no link to the research study article, do a search for the article in a database like Web of Science or PsycINFO. Information you need to do this: journal title, approximate date of publication, name(s) of author(s). If you need help with this, contact me. 

Once you have located the empirical article, make sure it is published in a peer reviewed journal. The journal's home page may offer this information under their "About" link -- either it will say that it is a peer-reviewed journal, or it will offer information about its Impact Factor. Any journal with an Impact Factor will be a peer-reviewed journal.

You can also look up the journal in Web of Science. If Web of Science indexes articles from the journal, then it is a peer-reviewed journal.

HARD TO FIND ARTICLES

GSU Libraries does not (cannot) subscribe to all journals. If you come across an empirical article that you really want to review for your assignment, but we do not have full-text access to the article, please contact me.

There is a free service called interlibrary loan, where we can get you a copy of the article in 1-3 days. I can help you request articles through our interlibrary loan service, if you have never used it before.