“Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity”

Adrian Ward, et al — “Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity”
Robinson Meyer – writing for The Atlantic
Andrew Watson – writing for Learning & the Brain
A summary is a brief restatement in your own words of the main ideas of a piece of writing. A good summary is:
Brief: For this assignment, your summary should be one or two paragraphs long — no more than one page. The shorter the summary has to be, the more difficult it is to write. Use the most concise language you can and do not repeat an idea, even if the original article does so.
Accurate: The summary must contain the main ideas of the original and no ideas that are not in the original. The summary writer is not responsible for the quality of those ideas, but is responsible for representing them fairly without opinion.
Objective: You have to keep your own opinions out of the summary, even in such subtle ways as writing, “Smith’s best point is….” or “Jones is trying to prove….” (The latter would imply that he is not successful at proving it.)
Use These Parts in Your Summary:
Title: Fully state the author’s name and article title either in your paper title, or in your first sentence.
Early Sentence Thesis: The thesis of the article you are summarizing should appear early in the summary, sometimes even as the first sentence, whether or not the original writer used a thesis statement. You will have to read the article to figure out what the main idea is. Try to put the thesis statement in your own words.
Avoid Quotation: Only include direct quotations from the work if there is no other option. Your summary should be in your own words, using your own sentence structures. Ideally, there will be no direct quotations at all.
If you must quote, be sure to use quotation marks and a parenthetical citation.
Main supporting points of the article: Don’t repeat ideas. Omit examples and specific details. Try to keep the emphasis the same as in the original.
Do NOT include a conclusion: When you cover that last point, stop. Summing up is more graceful, but the goal here is brevity, not grace.
Do include a Works Cited page: Even when you are not using direct quotations, all work which references specific ideas from a source must have a Works Cited page.
This assignment will be graded according to the attached rubric. The summary should be about 1 page long (not including the Works Cited page). Format the paper according to MLA guidelines and don’t forget the Work Cited page!
For your citation: Use the MLA 8 citation template for “Article in a Journal.” You can find this template in the Norton Field Guide chapter on MLA citation. Use the Documentation Map for “Article in a Print Journal” to help you locate the relevant citation information. (This map appears in the textbook after this citation template.)
Be sure to make note of the rules for listing multiple authors in the MLA section (see page 561) as this article has 4 authors credited.

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