Individual Literature Review & Research Proposal
For Project 2, you will be completing a literature review and then developing a proposed study on any psychological topic of your choice. You will NOT be collecting data on this topic, so you do not need to worry about practical restrictions. You have learned Psych Info searching skills and how background theory and research are used to develop new ideas, so now is the time to put those skills to work! You will be using a minimum of 5 scholarly papers in your literature review.
The proposed study will be a 2 x 2 design (2 independent variables with 2 levels each). This MUST be experimental, meaning you have to be able to manipulate the variables, so you cannot use subject/predictor variables. This also must be something you are able to do research on and create a feasible plan for a study, e.g. you cannot propose a neuroimaging or drug study if you do not understand the equipment, dose/ mechanism, etc.
The following guidelines should be clearly followed in writing your proposal; the sections and format are explained below. The body of the proposal (excluding title page, references, and appendices) should be about 6-7 pages, double spaced. NOTE: everything, including format and style, headings, citations, references, etc should be in APA style—check your manual. (The outline below is NOT APA style.)
Introduction (~5 pages):
Method (~1-2 pages)
The following information should be included, which should be in subsections :
Design –will be (At minimum) a 2×2 between Ss design… make sure to indicate:
What are they and what are their levels?
Will the variables be manipulated between or within subjects?
What are they and how will you measure them?
Participants and location
Materials (which should be included in the appendix)
Planned Analysis and Expected Results (~2 paragraphs)
What statistics (e.g. ANOVA) will you use to test your hypotheses? Based on your hypotheses, what differences do you expect?
Talk to your TA for help with stats if necessary! Most likely you will be using a 2×2 ANOVA (you so need to determine the variables etc).
On a separate page, include the research papers cited in your background research section. Again, check the APA manual! (See also the sample paper in the textbook.) MUST HAVE MINIMUM OF FIVE!
This section should include the following (on separate pages):
Materials and experimental stimuli
Attach all the materials you would plan to use in your study, namely questionnaires, tests, self-report measures
(Be sure to include references for scales, etc. that you didn’t create.)
General Writing Tips
Headers, Citations, References, and all other formatting MUST follow APA style and formatting! Check your manual, the example in the back of the book or online. Do not follow the formatting or style on this guideline sheet!
|Ingroup conflict||Outgroup conflict|
One IV is ingroup/outgroup conflict, another IV is verbal/physical conflict.
The group can refer to race/gender/ethnicity, choose the one that is easier for you to write.
Method: There are 20 Participants in total and each of them is asked to watch four videos, each of the videos is under one of the four conditions (ingroup/verbal, outgroup/verbal, ingroup/physical, outgroup/physical). The whole experiment lasts 4 days and each day participants are asked to watch a video of one of the four conditions. Every time they finish one video, they are provided with a questionnaire to estimate their aggression (on a scale of 1-7). This is a within subject design.