For the Moderation Board (during the second semester of the sophomore year), the student prepares two short papers that describe his or her academic past experiences and future plans, and a longer paper that summarizes and analyzes an empirical article.
The intent of Moderation Saturday is to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to evaluate an empirical paper in Psychology. You will arrive at the Henderson Computer Resources Center at 9:00am, and receive a reprint of a psychology journal article appropriate to your academic background. You are then to write a paper of 10-12 pages that summarizes and 20 evaluates the article for someone who has not read it. As a general guideline, the summary portion of your paper should be no longer than 4-5 pages, and the evaluative portion of your paper should be approximately 5-6 pages. Take care in the summary portion of the paper to describe the paper in your own words.
You may bring with you any notes, folders, and notebooks you wish as well as a dictionary and paper writing manuals. However, all of the work is to be done in the Henderson Computer Resources Center where you will have your choice of a Mac, PC, or your own portable computer. You may leave the Center for breaks at any time, but you must leave all materials at the Center, and you should not discuss your paper with anyone other than psychology faculty. There are limits to the amount of help we can provide. For example, we will not explain statistical methods in detail, but we will direct you to resources so that you will be able to comment on the experimental results in a manner that reflects your level of understanding. Your Psychology faculty will be available throughout the day in case you have questions.
Save what you’ve written repeatedly, both on your computer hard drive and someplace else (e.g., email a draft to yourself periodically or save it to the cloud).
Your paper will be double spaced, with all pages except the first numbered, have a 1.5 inch left margin and 1 inch top, bottom, and right margins. Your cover page should include the title of the article, your name, and the date.
Submitting Your Moderation Paper
Although you are submitting the paper online, we strongly urge you to print out a hard copy to do your final proofreading. When you are ready to submit your paper, please do the following: