Project #39514 - Hypothesis about human behavior

Exercise 1: Design a study

This exercise will help you “reach” further in your understanding of psychology as a science than you would by simply answering questions in class and multiple-choice tests.


It is a time consuming exercise; do not wait until the last minute because you might get frustrated and/or mad, but worse yet, a bad grade. This exercise should be between 1-2 pages, single-spaced, spell-checked, typed, and well written in full sentences and paragraphs (so that I understand what you are trying to explain to me).


Once submitted to EO, this paper will also be reviewed by If there is any copying or plagiarizing, you will earn an automatic F and be subject to HCC policy for discipline action.  


This study is ONLY in your imagination; you MUST not attempt to conduct an experiment. 
If you want full credit, you must address all of the questions. I recommend printing the instructions so you can check if you covered all of the questions. It is due before the date and time listed in the syllabus/calendar. Although I do not accept late papers, I always accept rough drafts at least 24-hours before the due time
send it via email as an attachment if you wish me to review your rough draft.

1.    Develop a hypothesis about human behavior. For example, “I think more people ____ if they _____.” Or “if humans _____ then they would _____.” Or “children in a classroom _____ less when ______.” Or “is it true that blond haired people ____ better than people with other hair colors?” More precisely, “I think people drink more alcohol if they eat peanuts or pretzels at a bar.” (Incidentally, this is true because peanuts or pretzels are salty which makes you thirsty.) This is also a prediction of human behavior, like “if someone is excited, they will use more positive adjectives to describe a photograph.” Keep in mind that the simplest design will be best one to explain. 
2.    After you have your idea or question, operationalize it:

  • It needs to be an experimental design with manipulation. If it is not experimental, you have made a mistake and cannot complete the following questions properly and will earn a poor grade.
  • Who are your subjects (did you explain their age, gender, background, educational level)? Why does that matter?
  • Which is the control group and experimental group and how will you “control for the differences” between the experimental and the control groups?
  • Where and how did you get your participants? How does this affect your study design?
  • Tell me which is the independent and dependent variables and why?
  • Tell me step-by-step, where and how you would conduct your experiment.
  • You must address informed consent and other ethical concerns. Why is this necessary?

3.    YOU WILL ‘NOT’ CONDUCT ANY EXPERIMENTS. Once you have designed the study critique it:

  • Are there placebo effects, random assignments, experimenter bias, and other confoundingvariables?
  • Explain whether this is a double or single blind study and why?
  • What do you think might not work and why?
  • How well can you generalize the results, to whom and where or when?
  • How and where would you “get the information out” about your study?
  • What will skeptics say about your study

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 09/10/2014 08:00 am
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