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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: 

10.1023/A:1010613909207 

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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