Things to consider when researching to present your topic:
- What are the basic theories associated with it?
- Is there a person who founded the idea or school of thought?
- For studies on the topic:
- What is the sample size?
- What demographic group is being studied? (Men? Women? Adults? Children? A specific ethnic group?)
- Were the results statistically significant?
- Was there a pattern that was observed?
- If looking at multiple studies: Do the results of each study confirm or contradict each other?
- Is there a specific process being discussed? How does it work?
- For experiential activities:
- Keep it simple/law of parsimony
Applying Critical Thinking to Analysis of a Psychological Study:
- What am I being asked to believe or accept?
- Is evidence available to support the claim?
- Can that evidence be interpreted another way?
- What evidence would help to evaluate the alternatives?
- What conclusions are most reasonable?
Bernstein, Douglas A. Essentials of Psychology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2011. Print.