Behavioral Lab Alternative Assignment Spring 2019
The alternative to participating in research is to submit a paper reviewing, summarizing, and critiquing a
published journal article authored by Rady faculty. This will provide exposure to the research conducted
within the Behavioral Lab. You will be awarded credit based on evidence that you read and carefully
considered the article.
You may select ONE of the articles below. Articles are attached to this assignment.
1) McKenzie, C. R. M., Sher, S., Mueller-Trede, J., Lin, C., Liersch, M. J., & Rawstron, A. G. (2016).
Are longshots only for losers? A new look at the last race effect. Journal of Behavioral Decision
Making, 29, 25-36. [pdf]
2) Kunstman, J. W., Fitzpatrick, C., & Smith, P. K. (in press). Poisoned praise: Discounted praise
backfires and undermines subordinate impressions in the minds of the powerful. Social
Phsychological and Personality Science.https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/wp-
2.5-page paper will earn you 1 credit
5-page paper will earn you 2 credits
7.5-page will earn you 3 credits
You may write a max of 10 pages for 4 credits
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ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER 11:59:59 PM ON MARCH 15, 2019. Submit by email as a
docx or pdf file to email@example.com with subj: Alternative Assignment Winter 2019
DO NOT SEND IN OTHER FORMATS, THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
In order to receive credit, you MUST create a SONA account, regardless of whether you participated in
lab studies or not: https://radyclasscredit.sona-systems.com/
Consider the following lenses in crafting your response to the paper:
What methodologies were employed in the discussed experiments? How did researchers operationalize
theoretical concepts within these experiments? What changes, if any, were included in subsequent
experiments and for what purpose? In what cases would these findings hold true? In what cases could
these findings be critiqued? What would you suggest for follow up research? What was your general
response to the research? In what ways are these studies applicable in ‘the real world’?