essential background needed to put the problem studied into context of the
current state of the field.
· State the
question(s) or hypotheses addressed by the study described in the paper.
methodological aspects of the study such as the animal, neurological system and
any research techniques used throughout the study.
For each major
part of the study, which typically correlates with each figure, summarize in
your own words 1) what was done in the experiment, 2) what was the result and 3)
what does the result mean. Concentrate on those results that have a bearing on
the problem or hypothesis. Identify critical controls (used or overlooked) that
would validate the experimental results.
potential problems with the experimental design or methods whether mentioned by
the author or perceived by you.
major conclusions and show how these relate to the problem or hypothesis posed.
Discuss alternative interpretations, misinterpretations by the author, aspects
that were not fully addressed by the study, new hypotheses based on the results,
discussion in several concise sentences.