For this assignment, your job is to find a recent news story from the popular media that 1) relates to the psychological development of children between conception and age three and 2) that cites a scholarly study conducted by a research team. You may use a news story from anytime in the last three years (2014, 2015, or 2016). Your primary source should be popular media (online, on TV, on the radio, or in a newspaper; e.g., The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, CBC, The Guardian, NBC News, and many more) and must also cite a scholarly source published in an academic journal (e.g., Developmental Science, Infancy, Child Development, Psychological Science, Cognition, and many more).
In your paper, you should first describe the theory, hypotheses, methods, results, and conclusions from the original scholarly article. Then you should analyze the way that the popular media analyzed the article. Did the media story do an accurate job relating the researchers findings and conclusions? How did they do so, or how did they not? What facets of the original article did the media story leave out? Do you believe that a lay reader, without experience reading scholarly sources, would get an accurate view of the original research just from reading the news story? Why or why not?
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