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APA Formatting Assignment (10 Points)

Assignment #3 – APA Formatting Assignment (10 points)


Instructions: Read the following paragraph. Questions 1-4 refer to this paragraph.


Smith, Jones, & Terry 2008 investigated the effects of death-qualification on jurors’ confidence.

A “death-qualified” juror is one who is willing to give the death penalty. 60 college students

were randomly assigned to one of 2 different conditions. In both conditions, participants

completed a short questionnaire that asked them whether they would or would not be willing to

give the death penalty. In the first condition, participants reported aloud their response, and those

participants who were not willing to give the death penalty were asked to leave the experiment.

In the other condition, participants handed in their response on a written survey. Again, the

researchers told participants who were not willing to give the death penalty to leave. After

participants unwilling to give the death penalty left, the researchers told the remaining 45 “death qualified” participants to fill out surveys regarding how confident they felt in their original

death-qualification answers. The researchers found that, “participants in the verbal response

condition were more confident in their death qualification status than participants in the written

response condition”. The researchers concluded that making public commitments about death-qualification status makes participants more confident in their death-qualified status.


1. The paragraph above has several APA formatting errors. Your job is to spot at least four

errors, which you will describe. In each box below, type in the error and the correction for

that error. (If you see less than four errors, then type “no other errors” in the remaining blank

spaces). Assume that the paragraph above is in the literature review of a paper (in the

introduction). You can also assume that it has 1 inch margins and is double spaced 1 point for

each error spotted, or 4 points total)


a. _______________________________________________________________

b. _______________________________________________________________

c. _______________________________________________________________

d. _______________________________________________________________



2. What is (are) the independent variable(s) in this study? Type your response into the box

below 1 point)


a. _______________________________________________________________


3. What is (are) the dependent variable(s) in this study? Type your response into the box

below 1 point)


a. ________________________________________________________________



4. This paragraph is actually fictional, but imagine that you want to reference the William

Smith, Beth J. Jones, and Bennett Terry article, and that it was published it in May, 2008 in

Law and Human Behavior, volume 8, pages 234-267. Their title was, “Death Qualification:

The Question Format Matters.” In the box below, write out the correct reference in APA

format. Note – there is no doi for this journal article. (2 points)


a. ______________________________________________________________



5. Correct the following references – type in the correct format in the box below each incorrect

reference (1 point each reference – total of 2 points)


Greenberg, Jeff, Schimel, Jeff, Martens, Andy, Solomon, Sheldon., & Pyszcznyski, Tom. (2001).

Sympathy for the devil: evidence that reminding whites of their mortality promotes more

favorable reactions to white racists. Motivation and Emotion, 25(2), 113-133. doi:


a. __________________________________________________________________


Leander, N. P., Chartrand, T. L., and Wood, W. 2011. Mind Your Mannerisms: Behavioral

Mimicry Elicits Stereotype Conformity. Journal of experimental social psychology, volume

47, issue 1, 195-201. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2010.09.002

a. _______________________________________________________________

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