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Animal Behavior – Article Summary & Critique

Choose a recent (published within the past 5 years), peer-reviewed academic research paper on a topic relevant to Animal Behavior or Cognition that you would like to read, summarize, and critique. Confirm that is not purely a review paper (or book chapter) but is presenting new experimental research conducted by the authors. Read the abstracts of a few articles to ensure that you choose one you find interesting and easy to understand. I recommend searching for articles in the following journals:   ·       Animal Behaviour ·       Animal Cognition ·       Journal of Comparative Psychology ·       Animal Learning and Behavior ·       Primates ·       Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology Rubric   Below is the rubric I will be using for the Summary portion. You will be evaluated on the extent to which you demonstrate (1) a clear understanding of each of the three main sections of the article and address all points therein, (2) the clarity of your writing, including your ability to stay within the page limitations and follow APA format and style where applicable. Here is what I will be looking for in each section: Introduction: ·       Problem statement: What is the main issue, question, or problem that the authors seek to investigate? Include the species under investigation. (3-pts) ·       Lit Review: How is the problem contextualized in the literature? Summarize the previous research reviewed in the paper… what has already been done, what we learned, what questions remain? (3-pts) ·       Theoretical framework/rationale: What is the rationale behind this research and/or the authors’ hypotheses? What overarching theoretical account are they trying to support or disprove (it will likely be one we’ve covered in the text). (3-pts) ·       Research variables: IV(s) and levels and DV(s) – This may be less clear for studies that are observational, use comparative designs, etc. In this case, you will need to describe the approach and identify the variables (e.g., “species” in the case of comparative designs). (3-pts) ·       Hypotheses: What is the author’s hypothesis(es) and predictions? (3-pts) Method: ·       Sampling: How many subjects were there and who were they? How were subjects chosen? (3-pts) ·       Research design: What research design was used (within subjects/repeated measures, between subjects, observational, comparative)?  (3-pts) ·       Data collection methods: How were the data collected? Describe the general method/procedure. (3-pts) Results and Discussion: ·       Interpretation of results: What did the results indicate? What conclusions were drawn? Don’t include any specific numbers/statistics here. Instead, describe the effects that were observed and the findings. Were hypotheses supported? (3-pts) ·       Limitations and Future Directions: What did the authors mention as some limitations and/or future directions for their study? What are the next steps in this line of work? (3-pts)