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Psychoneuroimmunology describes how psychological processes affect health and immunity.
Next week we will discuss this topic in more detail.
However, this week you will write a review of the
Davidson
and colleagues (2003) original research article.
Davidson, R. J., Kabat-Zinn, J., Schumacher, J., Rosenkranz, M., Muller, D., Santorelli, S. F., … Sheridan, J. F. (2003). Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 65(4), 564–570. doi:10.1097/01.PSY.0000077505.67574.E3
A good review will provide a description of the introduction (reasons to do the study, researcher’s questions and hypotheses, etc.), the methods, and the results.
A good paper would start off with a brief introduction of the article (do not copy the abstract). Describe the researchers questions, how they attempted to answer them (i.e., study population, their methods, and any unique features of the study), and their findings. Then critique the article with the following questions.
Do you have confidence in the researchers’ findings (i.e., were there critical flaws in the study design, questions of confounds that might have occurred in the study)?
Does the study generalize to other people that were not the subject of the research (e.g., college student study generalizing to everyone, study in the US applying to other cultures)?
What does the study mean in the big picture and how does it apply to society in general (i.e., how does it impact society in general)?
Be sure to include the reference of the paper in your submission.

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