Critique Writing Assignment
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: If you choose not to participate in a research project, you may complete a written assignment. You will choose one of the articles posted under ‘Resources’ on ACE. All of these articles are from the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology magazine. You should choose an article that has a topic of interest to you and write a critique of the article in the form of a 3 page paper (typed in 12 point Times New Roman font, with 1 inch margins, and double spacing). This paper should begin with a brief summary (approximately ½ page in length) of the article. Using the knowledge you gained from this course, talk about how this article and its findings can be applied to at least two different specific areas (i.e., chapters) of psychology and research methods. Discuss how the findings in the article apply to the real world, using current events or research being discussed in the popular press. Finally, provide a personal opinion of the research article and whether or not you agree or disagree with its findings/conclusions. Be sure to explain your opinions in addition to stating them. Be thorough with your paper, but brief. It is important to be able to express your ideas clearly, succinctly, and with good grammar and spelling. Please be sure to include the title of the article that you are critiquing. If you choose this option, your paper must be uploaded to ACE by Tuesday December 9 th , 2015. Papers that do not sufficiently meet these requirements will be returned and no credit will be given until they meet requirements.
Malnutrition and Slow Cognitive DevelopmentMillions of young children in the developing countries suffer from malnutritions. A
paper titled “Malnutition, Poverty, and Intellectual Development”, written by J. Larry Brown and
Ernesto Pollitt, critically examines the effects of malnutrition, both physical and mental, on
children aged 2 years. The writers have examined some areas where research proves that
intellectual development is connected to nutrition. However, if the same children are given
nutritious food their cognitive development improves. To prove their hypothesis they have
examined data received from a project that examined children from four villages in Guatemala.
The conclusion drawn at the end of this eight year project is that malnutritions does affect the
cognitive development of children. Though the writers have discussed the topic thoroughly and
have used irrefutable data to support their point of view, they have not been able to provide
inconclusive evidence that malnutrition is the only cause of retarded cognitive development of
It is important to summarize the paper before writing a critique. The paper mentions that
according to the latest statistics, nearly 195 million children, below the age of 5 years, do not get
nutritious diet. This results in physical and mental problems. Scientists thought that if very
young children, right from the date of conception to two years, suffer from malnutrition they are
likely to suffer severe and irreparable damage to the brain. This period is important because the
brain develops nearly 80 percent in early two years of life, the child learns the process of
responding to the stimuli, learns the language, perceives and tries to process information at a
rudimentary level. However, scientists discovered that cognition development slows down if a
child within the age of five years does not get nutritious food.