Page Critique Neuroscience 500
Instructions for the written critique:
You must number your responses.
You may single space with 1 inch margins and no type smaller than 12 point.
Anything over 2 pages (excluding references cited) will not be read.
- Title of paper and citation (also include a copy of the paper).
- Summary. Concise summary of the experimental problem, hypotheses that address this problem, results, and conclusions.
Limit yourself to 8 lines total.
Then provide a more detailed discussion of the following:
- What is the experimental problem? Why is this problem important and worth studying?
- What hypotheses are put forward to address the experimental problem?
- How are the hypotheses tested? List critical experiments (methodology) and the logic.
- Do the experiments fully address the hypotheses? Are there other interpretations?
- What future experiments would you do? Be creative — don't just say that you would do a mouse knock-out of the protein.
For those who are presenting (you will present 1 of the 4 papers):
Present a 10 min synopsis of this critique to the class
(may be shorter if the class is large). There
will be 5 min. for discussion at the end. You
can show up to 8 slides if you want. For the presentation start with point #3 (do not state the summary #2). Convince the class that this subject is worth studying. Also state the hypotheses that are tested and the experiments that test the hypotheses. Then discuss the limitations and the possible future directions and experiments. You may want to select some provocative points to stimulate discussion with the rest of the class. As the presenter you will field the questions. The instructors will wait until after the students ask their questions before they raise their hands. Therefore, a good presentation will stimulate discussion among the students with minimal if any involvement (questions) from the instructors.
Furthermore, check out the
Suggestions on 2009 500 critiques mod 2 from T. Murphy.
If you are presenting, you will still turn in a written critique.