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PSY 110: Psychological Well-Being: Introduction

This LibGuide will provide information and resources on the Compare & Contrast Critique assignment for PSY 110 HA.

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Compare & Contrast Critique

Popular Psychology Empirical Research

Assignment Description:

  • Select a topic related to psychology.
  • Locate one source of popular psychology and one source of empirical research on the same topic.  
  • Critique the merit of the information using critical thinking concepts and standards. (See "Questions to Consider" in the right column.)

Use basic APA style guidelines (1" margin, 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced). See APA Citation Style tab above.


Compare & Contrast


Source: John David Harding


Human Brain

Questions to Consider


Your critique should address the following questions regarding your sources:

  1. What is the main issue, problem, or intention of the article?
  2. Who are the authors of the article (what are their credentials)?
  3. In what way(s) does the article investigate various points of view and assumptions?
  4. What evidence is provided to support the issue?
  5. In what way(s) does the article discuss the consequences and implication of the reasoning provided?
  6. In what way(s) does the information provided help you make an informed decision about the purpose?

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