Research is hard work. Researchers may spend months, years, or even decades collecting data. Sometimes when researchers analyze that data and try to present it in a handful of published pages, it can be difficult to include every single thing they did, or to discuss all the problems they encountered in the experiment or study.
Luckily, we know that it is good to ask more questions, even of published research. Doing so gives you practice in critical thinking, a skill that is beneficial in any endeavor. After you read "Does Past Experience Affect Depression?" and maybe try your hand at the original article, "Adaptive learning can result in a failure to profit from good conditions: Implications for understanding depression," think of some potential questions about the data, hypotheses, and conclusions that the researchers presented and see if you can come up with any holes in the study. Print out or copy down the questions below and think or write out your answers. When you’re done, visit our “Digging Deeper: Depression and the Past” PDF to see what we came up with.
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Patrick McGurrin, Alex Biera. (2016, November 21). Digging Deeper: Depression and the Past. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved September 20, 2023 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/plosable/depression-model/digging-deeper
Patrick McGurrin, Alex Biera. "Digging Deeper: Depression and the Past". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 21 November, 2016. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/plosable/depression-model/digging-deeper
Patrick McGurrin, Alex Biera. "Digging Deeper: Depression and the Past". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 21 Nov 2016. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 20 Sep 2023. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/plosable/depression-model/digging-deeper