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1 Give a brief synopsis of your media article.

Psychologists came up with a different perspective as to why neurotic unhappiness and creativity have a correlation. Authors of the article dispute whether or not the brain is highly active in neuroticism. The media article poses whether or not higher levels of creativity in the brain correlated with higher levels of neuroticism in the individual by citing the example of Isaac Newton’s creativity. Self generated thought itself was deemed to be the culprit of increased levels of neuroticism. However the media article cited more examples as opposed to evidence that was provided by the peer reviewed journal. This is because media articles should have more external validity which can make the article presentable to the public

2 What was your initial reaction to the media article?

My initial reaction to the media article was a little confused but as soon as I read further on I became very interested knowing that Isaac Newton had a case of neuroticism . It was intriguing finding out how individuals who are more creative tend to have higher sensitivity to threat and anxiety. However the article ends on an ambiguous note stating that although the plan had [useful and logical theory], creativity itself is not the sole cause of neuroticism

3 Did reading the peer review article change your view of the media article? Explain your answer?

Reading the peer review article did not change my view of the media article due to the fact that I agree with most of the article. Although the peer review article had some thoughtful opinions one of the most impacting was that, neurotic individuals tend to do well in creative professions but more poorly in less creative professions.

4 Did the researchers have the same conclusion as the media article? Explain your answer?

The media article did not affirm that neuroticism has enough evidence to make a concrete theory. The researchers hypothesize that that the tendency spontaneously to simulate past and future problems explains why neurotic individuals tend to experience un-pleasant affect in the absence of any provoking agent. Although similar conclusions were formed by the peer-reviewed journal and the journal article the peer-reviewed article lists the limitations to the theory and the media article does not. Both article and journal brought in the idea that a certain portion of the brain that is active causes neuroticism and that self generated thought causes this.

5 What did the media article leave out about the peer review article that might have changed the overall findings or might have changed the readers views of the media article if they journalist gave this information (all media articles



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