These questions are designed to help you think about and design your research proposal idea. Work through the following questions at your own pace. You might want to form a group to discuss your topics and receive feedback on your research ideas. Group discussion is encouraged, but remember, each student is responsible for developing his or her own research proposal idea!
Getting started with your research ideas
What is your general area of interest in social psychology?What, specifically, are you interested in with respect to that area?How are you going to go about finding a specific topic or question for your research proposal?
Moving along with your research ideasWhat basic research question are you considering for your proposal?Is there anything that you are finding particularly challenging in coming up with ideas?Does your review of the literature provide you with ideas about gaps in the literature that you can fill?Can you translate your research question into a hypothesis?
Thinking about your IVs and DVsIf you will be proposing an experimental design, what do you think your first IV might be?If you will be proposing a correlational design, what do you think your first predictor variable (or non-manipulated IV) might be?What do you think your second (manipulated or non-manipulated) IV might be (if applicable)?What do you think your dependent variable(s) might be?
101683 Social Psychology
Research Proposal worksheet
Experimental designHow will you operationally define your independent variable(s)?How will you operationally define your dependent variable(s)?What are some potential confounding variables?If you have identified potential confounding variables, can you think of strategies you can utilise to control for the confounding variables?Have you considered the ethics involved in testing your research question? What, if anything, will you need to do to ensure that your research design is ethically sound? Are you able to justify how the proposed benefit of the research justifies the risks of harm or discomfort to participants? (Recall that you will be presenting your response to these questions in your research proposal presentation.)
Experimental analysisHow would you analyse the data? What is the family of analytical techniques that you would use?What pattern would you expect to see in the data if your hypothesis was supported? What pattern would you expect to see if the null hypothesis was supported?
What does it all mean?What are the implications (theoretical and practical) if your hypothesis is supported?What are the potential limitations to your research design?What could we conclude from this research? What is the “take home message”?
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