Two scholarly research databases that relate to my major are PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO. I consider them “scholarly” because they include articles from the APA and additional top journals.
I have a fair amount of experience using these two sites, as I must utilize their functions to find articles for my research. One article on affordances was found on PsycARTICLES by searching “affordances” and clicking “limit to peer-reviewed”. It’s easy to find relevant articles without using many keywords because it is relatively new of a topic. Citation:
Osiurak, F., & Badets, A. (2016). Tool Use and Affordance: Manipulation-Based Versus Reasoning-Based Approaches.Psychological Review, doi:10.1037/rev0000027
Another article I found by searching for “affordances” AND “movement”. Citation:
Mon-Williams, M., & Bingham, G. P. (2011). Discovering affordances that determine the spatial structure of reach-to-grasp movements. Experimental Brain Research, 211(1), 145-160. doi:10.1007/s00221-011-2659-2
I had to read through a few different article titles that included results from social affordances to judging spatial structure of reach-to-grasp objects. The advanced search function helps narrow down the results by offering more specific alleys of information, such as peer-reviewed, date published, certain authors, which words to include or leave out of a search, and population and age groups. I continued to refine my search results by adding AND “motor control” to the search bar at the top. This search yielded more relevant results like Affordance-based perception-action dynamics: A model of visually guided braking. by Harrison et al. The other results were not very relevant to my search, yielding affordances related to emotions and vision, as well as how things fit into different apertures.
For this particular assignment I will be looking into the Flint Michigan Water Crisis. I found a blog that follows the events that transpired from said crisis called Flint Water Study Updates, which was launched by a research team from Virginia Tech. This research team dedicates their time to informing the public on the status of the water in Flint, as well as offering studies of the water and guiding citizens in their fight for a drastic policy change. This blog has EPA updates on the water, videos of congressional hearings, and testimonies from scientists and doctors. They also offer links to major studies concerning water contamination in the area, which is updated frequently. The group’s political bias does not matter in this situation because they are covering the unfolding events surrounding the atrocities committed to the innocent people of Flint. The works are from multiple authors, all accredited in some fashion, be it from an EPA study, or a peer reviewed article.
When I searched for “Flint water crisis” on Google News, I found only articles pertaining to the presidential candidates’ opinions of the issue. Most recent news was that Ted Cruz lifted the hold that HE PUT on the bill to solve the water crisis, probably because he thinks it might buy him a few more much-needed votes. Hillary addressed the issue by basically brushing it off in a suave, politician type of way saying there are a “lot of Flints” and she wants to help them all. Bernie Sanders has made it a big point of his campaign with “Never Again”. Sanders, a classic fighter for all things right and just in this world, adds this into his climate change agenda. This must be a win in the Democrats’ book, for it was the state legislation that ruined the water for Flint. Anyway, news sources are not great if one is looking for just facts or first person accounts of the situation. However, all news sources will be covering the candidates’ opinions of the issue with primaries being at hand. In closing, finding information is easier from a non-party-affiliated source like a blog or someone’s videos on YouTube instead of a major news source.