|Due By (Pacific Time)||12/08/2016 12:00 am|
Scholar can choose a psychology topic of interest as long as he/she follows ALL of the instructions below.
Use APA style to organize your paper into sections, for reference citations within the body of the paper and for the reference (see textbook and APA manual for details).
Follow these steps in constructing your papers.
1) Identify a psychological research question.
2) Use PsycInfo with descriptions to narrow down the topic.
3) Find 3 articles on the topic (copy the first page of each article).
4) Write the abstract following APA guidelines:
5) Summarize and integrate the findings by indicating for each article, the hypothesis, the IV and
DV (or predictor or criterion variables), and the results (including whether or not their
hypotheses were confirmed).
6) Using past research (i.e. what has already been confirmed, what variables have not yet been
tested, which new dependent measures might be used) on the topic, devise your own research
hypothesis. Explicitly state the independent variables and dependent variables in the
hypothesis. Remember, research is incremental exploration.
7) Choose a general research strategy (i.e. Non-experimental orexperimental) and explain why.
8) If experimental, choose a specific research design (i.e. between groups, within groups, single
subject, special design), which fits your hypothesis, and explain why you chose this design. If
non-experimental, choose a method (i.e. survey, observation, case history, measure your
variables and record) and explain why you chose this design.
9) Design the procedures to test the hypothesis – describe the sample or sampling procedures, the
participants, how you recruited them, how you operationalized your variables, procedures for
conducting the study, any instruments or scales you use (describe those), etc.
10) Attach your informed consent statement and/or cover letter to the participants.
11) Create fictitious results with actual numbers for subject scores, etc.
Create a frequency table, histogram or stem plot. Explain in the text your selection and then describe the distribution of scores. Use descriptive statistics in the text (if an experiment, measure of central tendency and spread; if non-experimental, measure of association) and why you selected those descriptive statistics. Graph the data using the appropriate graph (bar graph or line graph as a way to compare the means of the conditions; or scatterplot).
12) what kind of statistical procedure would you use, if any (t-test, ANOVA, correlations, chi
square) and why?
13) write a conclusion (i.e. hypothesis confirmed or not; why not? Internal validity problems?
External validity problems? Not tight enough control over extraneous variables, therefore
confounding the experiment? Possible subject characteristics? Ways to improve/future
research ideas and applications.
14) Accurately written reference section (listing article you referenced in the paper)
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