Psychology

Design a Study

Psychologists are interested in many different issues. For this assignment, you will design a study for an area you are interested in. See the list of possible topics in the table below for some ideas of areas that can be related to behavior or mental processes. Then, compile your answers to the following questions in the form of an essay.

Research Design:

1. What research question is of interest to you? (Use the list below for some possible ideas. For example, a research question might be, “How does stress affect pregnancy outcomes?” Your question should be open ended, not a “yes-or-no” question.)

2. Which research method (correlational or experimental), would best address this question? Why?

3. What is your hypothesis regarding this question (what is your educated guess regarding the answer to your research question)?

4. Design and describe in detail a study that would improve our understanding of the problem that is of interest to you. Clearly identify the following:

a. If you chose experimental method:

i. independent variable

ii. dependent variable

iii. participants

iv. control group

v. experimental group

b. If you chose correlational method:

i. Variables

ii. participants

1. How will you operationalize your variables? (How will you specifically define and/or measure your variables?)

2. If you choose to use the experimental design, what treatments will your experimental and control groups receive?

3. What steps will you take to ensure that your study is within the guidelines for ethical research in psychology?

Possible Topics:

Remember, you do not have to pick any of these. They are just to help you get started:

brain functioning or damage/ stress and health /smoking or alcohol use / learning

memory/ intelligence/ language / pregnancy/experiences in childhood/ gender

depression / parenting / impact of social media / adolescence / romantic partnerships

grieving and death / exercise / culture

*Keep in mind that you are not doing the actual experiment, but creating the design and details for an experiment and how you would carry it out based on your selected topic.

Assignment formatting:

Your response should be at least two pages, double spaced, with Times New Roman 12 pt. font. Your paper should also have a title page and references page in addition to the page requirement. Be sure to cite and reference any sources used, including your textbook, using APA style.

Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

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