During the lunch, Dr. Natasha Tokowicz and Adeetee Bhide from the department of psychology will discuss some preliminary findings of a project for which they received a dB-SERC mentor-mentee award.
The mentor-mentee project involved introducing students in large enrollment psychology courses to scientific journal articles. Students gave group presentations about popular press and empirical psychology articles. Specifically, students read a popular press article about psychological research and one of the empirical articles cited within it. Then, they presented about both articles and critiqued how faithfully the findings from the empirical article were explained in the popular press article. The goals of this project are to: 1) increase students’ self-efficacy in terms of reading primary scientific literature; 2) increase students’ interest in psychology and their motivation to learn more about psychology outside of the classroom; 3) increase students’ critical reading skills and make them more skeptical consumers; and 4) improve students’ presentation skills. Dr. Tokowicz and Adeetee Bhide will discuss how well students achieved these goals using a pre/post-test design.
The purpose of the lunch is to reflect on outcomes of the project and also to provide feedback about future implementations and assessments.