TheSpice Ingredient That Can Block Bad Memories’ byOaklander M., (2014)

  1. Overview after Reading the Headline Only

I expect the study to be about food spices that affect the brain, andI would choose to read the article. The source is not credible asthere is no way to confirm its findings and the intended audience isthe general public.

  1. Overview of the article in my words

The reportedresearch was about the ability of curcumin (an element found inturmeric) to hinder recalling bad memories. The article was slightlyconvincing and was interesting. I would recommend it to someone else,and post it to social media.

  1. Details and Background

The articleintroduces the concept by linking the idea to a previous study anddoes not list other research done in this field. The hypothesis beingtested is whether curcumin blocks bad memory. The image depictsturmeric and makes one to link it with forgetting bad memories. Theindependent variable is curcumin effects, and the dependent variableis bad memory (Oaklander 1-2).

  1. Participants

Rats are theparticipants and no number and description about them are given.

  1. Study design

Multiple studies arenot described, it is experimental study, the independent variable wasoperationalized by been injected to the rats and the dependentvariable was operationalized by analyzing the brain. The control wasoperationalized by analyzing the brain of rats that were not injectedwith curcumin. The participants were blind to condition. There wereno other variables controlled.

  1. Results

It describes whatwas found, and it does not report any statistical results. Theresults are explained in a way that is easy to understand.

  1. Conclusion

The theoreticalcontribution of the research is that curcumin can assist PTSD people.The practical contribution of the research is that rats can beconditioned to test the effect of various compounds. The article doesnot list complications

  1. Reference

The article liststhe Journal by providing a link

Man’ssearch for meaning: The case of Legos’ Ariely, Kamenica,and Prelec (2008)

  1. Overview after Reading the Headline Only

Were it not for thisclass, I would not choose to read the article. The sources are verycredible (peer reviewed). The intended audience is the academicians.

  1. Overview of the article in my words

The article is notinteresting, and I would neither recommend it to someone else norpost it on a social media platform.

  1. Details and Background

The articleintroduces the concept by quoting various scholars such as economistJohn Maynard Keynes. The study evaluates other research done in thisfield such as Preston (1989) and Leete (2001). The hypothesis thatwas being tested is that the perceived meaning has an influence onlabor supply. The independent and dependent variables are perceivedmeaning and labor supply respectively

  1. Participants

Participants wereMIT students for the first experiment and undergraduates at HarvardUniversity for the second experiment. Both groups were recruited viaposters displayed around the university (Ariely et al., 672-673).

  1. Study designed

It comprisesexperimental multiple studies. The independent variable wasoperationalized by being randomly assigned to one of threeconditions, (Acknowledged, ignored, shredded). The dependent variablewas operationalized by measuring the units of labor produced.

There were nocontrol variables. The participants were blind to condition. I didnot understand the concept that was tested and testing rationality.

  1. Results

The report findingwas that more meaningful conditions and productivity influence thelabor supply more strongly. It does not report the type ofstatistical test in a way that I can understand.

  1. Conclusion

The theoreticalcontribution of the research is adding information on prevailingspeculation about the relationship between the identity and labor.The practical contribution of the research is the way in whichstudent conditioning can be used to carry out a physiologicalresearch. The study gives some limitations.

Critique

The popular article expresses the content of the research in asimple, easily and understandable way. The strength of this articleis ease of reading, and can be understood by a person with noknowledge of the subject matter. The weaknesses include a low levelof credibility and failure to use previous studies. In the article,all the information was outright, and nothing was confusing, exceptfailure to establish a real connection between the independent anddependent variable.

While the populararticle uses a simple language, the peer-reviewed study uses acomplex language, and it is complex to understand. On addition tothis, while the peer reviewed uses past studies and goes into detailabout the experiment the popular article just states the experimentand results in a simplified way.

Works Cited

Ariely, Dan,Emir Kamenica, and Dražen Prelec. &quotMan`s search for meaning:The case of Legos.&quot&nbspJournalof Economic Behavior &amp Organization&nbsp67.3(2008): 671-677.

Oaklander, Mandy. The Spice Ingredient That Can Block Bad Memories.Time Magazine, Dec. 30, 2014. Fromhttp://time.com/3649565/curcumin-ptsd/