This paper is meant to give you practice at reading and summarizing scientific research.
You will be required to submit a 2 to 3 page summary of a psychological study in APA format (a
guide to APA formatting is provided in the Appendix at the end of this Study Guide). You must
include a title page and a reference page for your summary. The only limitations are that this
article must be from a peer reviewed scientific journal (not a book chapter, dissertation, or
magazine article) and that the topic of the article must be one that ties to this course (any
psychology article you find should work for that piece). You will be able to retrieve a copy of a
published scholarly article from online or any library, as long as it is from an official Psychology
journal (i.e. search Google Scholar). Please be aware that some journals may require a fee for
acquiring a copy of a journal article unless you go through ASU’s Nielsen Library or any other
A summary paper should include an introduction, body, and conclusion. The introduction will
introduce the article you are reviewing and how you will be presenting it. The body of the paper
should summarize the article in your own words (refer to the plagiarism document, also in the
Appendix at the end of this Study Guide). Finally, the conclusion should include some critical
thoughts. What did you think? What did you learn? What were some limitations of the study?
What are some future implications?