In your article summary, respond to the following questions:
- State the research hypothesis in your own words. Identify the independent and dependent variables.
- What were some variables the researchers controlled in their study? Why was this necessary?
- What evidence do the researchers offer as a test of their hypothesis? Is this evidence empirical (observable)? Is it valid?
- What explanation do the researchers offer for their findings? Does the evidence justify this explanation?
Read the following article: Jenkins, J.S. (2001). The Mozart effect. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 94, 170-172.
Based on your readings, respond to the following:
- Do you think there is any merit in the study (Rauscher, Shaw, & Ky, 1993)? Give three reasons for your position.
- Does the study take individual differences in spatial ability into account? Explain your answer.
- What are two ways in which the experiment could be modified to make the results more generalizable?