University of AucklandDepartment
Read the articles assigned, you’ll have 3 articles to read on the topic of the week. You will post on 2 questions raised by each of the articles, but not answered by them. For each question, you’ll provide a brief explanation of what, in the article, made you think of it and why it’s important to answer. I really don’t want to see questions like “Why did they have mostly white babies in the study? I think this is important because we don’t know if all racial groups would respond in the same way.” If you have reason to believe, or expect, that babies from different racial/ethnic groups would behave differently, provide that reason, otherwise, don’t ask that type of question. If you’re reading a study about maternal post-partum depression, it should be clear that the researchers will be studying mothers, so it wouldn’t be a good idea to ask why they didn’t include fathers. The point of this exercise is to help you think about the studies you’re reading and really consider what they are and are not able to tell you. How do you know if a fetus has learned something? Can you really know? What about a 3 month old baby? How would you know if he or she has expectations about the way the world works?