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PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology I: Psychobiology and Cognition (Main)

Hampton, Fall 2020


From your assignment: 

1.Find an article related to psychology in the mainstream media news (e.g. CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Time, Newsweek, etc.) The mainstream media article must have been published after October 31, 2019.

2.Using information from the first (mainstream) article, find a full-length article published in a scientific journal that was referred to or summarized in the mainstream media article.

3.b.Compare what the scientists write in the scientific article to what was stated in the popular press article.

Finding Articles in the Mainstream Media





  • Select the "Health" tab.
  • On the Health news page, select the "Mental Health" tab.
  • You can also search for articles by selecting the "Home" tab, the "Health" tab, and then the "Health A to Z" tab.


Under "S" and "Stress"
Loneliness Spreads in Social Networks


  • Second paragraph: "New research suggests loneliness can actually travel from person to person..."
  • Third paragraph: "The results, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology..."
  • Researchers: Christakis, Fowler and Cacioppo


New York Times



  • Choose "SCIENCE" in the upper left menu.
  • Browse the articles that appear.
  • OR you may select the "HEALTH" tab to browse other articles related to health and science.


Example of a NYTimes Health/Science article that is reporting on a recent discovery:


Where Did the Time Go? Do Not Ask the Brain

  • More than halfway through the article: "In a study published in the December issue of the journal Psychological Science, Dr. Zauberman led a team of investigators who tested college students' memory..."

    ***Emory's libraries subscribe to The New York Times. Do not pay for an article that you find online. Use the eJournals@Emory database and type in the title, The New York Times, then Search, to access free articles from The New York Times.

NPR (National Public Radio)


  • Mouse over News on the left near the top of the page.
  • Select Health or Science from the drop-down menu.
  • Scroll down to view recent articles 


Example of a recent news story on health, as reported on NPR:

"Exercise Wins: Fit Seniors Can Have Hearts That Look 30 Years Younger" December 10, 2018, Morning Edition, journalist Patti Neighmond

  • "Although the study was relatively small, the findings, which were published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in August, suggest a dramatic benefit of lifelong exercise for both muscle health and the cardiovascular system." (Date of article's publication is listed in the NPR article as August 2018 - in Journal of Applied Physiology - however, the article in its final version is listed as being published in the journal in November of 2018)

  • "She recently took part in a study at the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University, also in Muncie, headed by exercise physiologist Scott Trappe. Trappe is among the first to study the enticing new population of lifelong exercisers." (one of authors/researchers involved in study - Scott Trappe)



Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC)



  • Select the "Science" or "Health" tabs to find articles.


Psychology Today

***The Emory Libraries subscribe to Psychology Today. Do not pay for an article that you find online. Use the eJournals@Emory database and type in the title, Psychology Today, then Search, to access free articles from Psychology Today.


...or use your preferred online/print popular media source.


Science News @ Emory

Emory's eScience Commons
This is a great source of news about Emory researchers' recent scientific discoveries.

Emory's Academic Exchange: Thoughtwork
This university calendar lists lectures and events across campus. Many of these involve speakers in the sciences.