Object permanence in 3½- and 4½-month-old infants

Prior to completing this discussion, please read the Hudson-Barr (2004) article and the American Psychological Association (2003) article that are required for this week. For your initial post, the class will be split into three groups by first letter of last name with each group reading and commenting on an assigned article. Please see below for your assigned group.

Last name begins with:

A through I: Baillargeon, R. (1987). Object permanence in 3½- and 4½-month-old infants. Developmental Psychology, 23(5), 655-664. doi:10.1037/0012-1649.23.5.655

J through Q: Bandura, A., Ross, D., & Ross, S. A. (1961). Transmission of aggression through imitation of aggressive models. Journal of Abnormal & Social Psychology, 63(3), 575. Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database.

R through Z: Forstmeier, S., Drobetz, R., & Maercker, A. (2011). The delay of gratification test for adults: Validating a behavioral measure of self-motivation in a sample of older people. Motivation & Emotion, 35(2), 118-134. doi:10.1007/s11031-011-9213-1

Read your assigned article with a specific focus on the methods utilized for the study. In your initial post, you will identify the research question(s) and/or problem(s), the target population and sample (specific group within the target population), the measures (tests, instruments, and/or questionnaires used), and the procedures (how the study was conducted) presented in the article. Using the identified elements, evaluate and comment on the benefits and limitations of the methodology utilized to study the scholarly perspectives presented in your assigned research article.

Analyze ethical considerations by addressing any issues or concerns arising from the methodology presented. Are there perceivable biases in the research methods or procedures? Were the ethical considerations clearly addressed in the study and/or discussed with regard to the treatment of the sample?

Propose solutions or suggestions for how to adapt the methodology in the assigned article to address any ethical concerns or limitations noted. Describe how these changes would address the limitations of the study as well as any ethical concerns. Also note the current relevance of the changes and their application to developmental trends and practice,.

Guided Response: Review several of your colleagues’ posts and respond to at least two of your peers including one response to a classmate in each of the other two groups by 11:59 p.m. on Day 7 of the week. You are encouraged to post your required replies earlier in the week to promote more meaningful and interactive discourse in this discussion.

Prior to crafting your responses, critically review the required articles that were not assigned to you for your initial post. Acknowledge and evaluate the proposed changes made by your classmate. Did your classmate appropriately identify the specified elements? What elements might you suggest he or she consider that were not present in the initial post? Were there ethical concerns presented in the article your colleague studied that were not addressed in his or her post? Was your colleague’s description of the proposed changes clear and appropriate in terms of the information presented in his or her article? Propose at least one change that your colleague did not consider, and explain why it would be an improvement to the study. Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Day 7 of the week and respond to anyone who replies to your initial post.

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