It is important that you learn how to critically review research. In our society today, we are exposed to many studies. Some are excellent, some are useful, and some are invalid and unreliable. How can you determine what information is useful and what is dangerous? The most important thing you will learn from this course—and from your college education—is how to critically evaluate information presented to you. Critical thinking involves asking five questions: who, what, when, where, how.
- Find and read an article in the media, journal, wall street journal or a video clip that reports the results of a scientific study on psychological testing. You may choose from any type of psychological test, including tests for IQ, tests that measure psychological problems (e.g., depression, anxiety), tests that assess psychological traits (e.g., self-esteem, resiliency) or tests that measure personality (e.g., agreeableness, openness). Again, it must be specifically about a psychological testing instrument. You must include the link to the website.
- How accurately did the media report the study?
- Answer the above five questions about the article (Who, What, When, Where, and How).