Develop a research report in which it investigates the impact of stress on the brain, its plasticity and prefrontal cortex and alterations that occur in regions mediating the highest levels of cognitive function and self-regulatory control.Study Report Rubric1. Abstract* Single paragraph. Provides reader with most important details, by concisely and clearly describing problem under investigation and motivation for the study, hypothesis, participants, experimental method, findings, and conclusions. Approximately 150 words and formatted in APA style.2. Topic & Context* Paper (i.e., first paragraph or two) begins in a broad manner and clearly explains the problem to be investigated. Appropriate topic in level and in content3. Intro: Lit Review & Advancement* Studies are described in enough detail so that their relation to other studies and to the relevant theoretical and methodological issues can be understood by the reader. Limitations of prior research and contrasting views/positions are presented.4. Advancement and Purpose* There is a specific, clear description of what is missing from this literature or what researchers do not yet know. A clear explanation of how the proposed study will answer this question or fill this research gap is included. Specific issues, variables, population, or methods are mentioned.5. HypothesisHypothesis is clearly stated, and directional predictions are made based on the previous literature. It is testable. It is clear what the experimental groups will be and what will be measured.6. Method: Design* The design of the study is clear and complete and appropriate to test the hypothesis. Variables are appropriate and operationalized properly7. Method: Participants* Sample is appropriate given the hypotheses, although may be small. All relevant characteristics of the participants are included.8. Method: Procedures or Measures* Procedure is appropriate and ethical. It is described, in order, with enough detail that a reader could replicate the study; instructions and protocol are included. Condition assignments are clear; randomization and counterbalancing are explained as necessary.9.Results: Descriptive Statistics* Statistics are appropriate (e.g., means and SD; frequency, etc.) and computed accurately10. Results: Inferential Statistics* Inferential analysis is appropriate for addressing each hypothesis. Each finding is stated in “plain English” and supported with statistics in APA format.11. Discussion: Interpretation* Discussion includes a restatement of the findings. Patterns in the data and relations among the variables are explained and conclusions do not go beyond the data. The explanation/interpretation is well connected to the hypotheses and to the broader psychological problem as represented in the introduction. Any discrepancies between the expected results and the actual data are explained. The take-home message is clearly summarized at the end.12. Discussion: Evaluation* Author has considered to what extent the results are conclusive and can be generalized. Potential confounds or methodological limits are discussed as appropriate, and future research is suggested13. References* Reference page includes all and only cited articles. The articles are appropriately scholarly and appropriate to the topic. Sufficient recent sources make the review current, and classic studies are included if applicable and available. Original articles/chapters were clearly read by the student.14. Scientific Writing Style* There is a clear organization to the paper, and transitions are smooth and effective. Tone is appropriately formal. Topic sentences are appropriate for paragraphs, and key ideas are explained/described as needed. Punctuation and grammar are almost completely correct, including proper tenses and voice. Sentences are concise and word choice is precise, with nonbiased language. Proper paraphrases are usually used, but quotation marks are used appropriately if necessary.15. APA Style: In text In-text writing (citations, formatting of in-text copy)* All in-text citations, spacing, punctuation, and statistical copy are properly formatted.16. APA Style: Paper Formatting* Information is included in the appropriately titled sections. Title page, paper format, Reference page, and Tables/Figures are in APA style with no mistakes. All headers, tables, and figures, margins, captions, etc., are in APA style.17. Tables and Figures* All tables and/or figures are formatted correctly in APA style. They appear in the correct location in the manuscript. They are clear and have descriptive captions.
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