Psychology Research Methods

Psychology Research Methods

Benchmark – Research Proposal

Using the topic you have developed in PSY-530 (if you have not taken PSY-530, please check with your instructor about a topic), write a Research Proposal (2,000-2,500 words) on a topic relevant to the course. To complete the Research Proposal, do the following:

Review the attached document “Research Proposal Guidelines” as well as Topic 7 lecture section on The Results and Discussion Sections in the Research Proposal for a brief overview pertaining to “how to” complete the assignment.

Introductory section: Include hypothesis and a review of the literature.

Method section: Include subsections on Participants, Apparatus/Materials/Instruments, Procedure, and Design.

Results section: Include statistic, critical values, degrees of freedom, and alpha level.

Discussion section: Include interpretation of results, ethical concerns, limitations of study, and suggestions for future research.

Figures and Tables section: Include a minimum of two (either two figures, two tables, or a figure and a table).

Include at least 8-10 scholarly references.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:

MS Psychology, Forensic Psychology; General Psychology; GeroPsychology; Health Psychology; Human Factors Psychology; Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Life Coaching

3.3: Design an innovative research study.

4.3: Plan and manage the necessary process for the completion of a research project.

PSY 550 – Research Methods

Topic 7 Research Proposal Guidelines

Here are the requirements for the Research Proposal:

• Include a Title Page, Abstract page, and References page in APA format, 6th edition.

• Introduction: This is the longest section of your paper. Begin with an introductory paragraph that states the purpose of the paper. Then, go into detail on your literature review. Begin with a general review of your topic and move to specific studies that are similar to your proposal. Show how your proposal is different from what has been done before. Build to a paragraph that includes your hypothesis (-ses).

• Method: This part has four sections (each of which is a subheading):

• Participants: Describe who they will be, how many, how would they be recruited, what characteristics they would have, etc.

• Apparatus/ Materials and/ or Instruments: What ingredients will you need to run your study (tests, gadgets, paper/ pencils, etc.)?

• Procedure: Outline the steps of your study in chronological order. Write in the conditional tense if the study is not going to be carried out.

• Design: Include what type of design you’re using (e.g., correlational nonexperimental design, between-subjects, within-subjects, or mixed experimental design).

• Results: This section may be combined with the Discussion section. Include a paragraph describing what statistic was used (e.g., t-test, ANOVA, correlation, chi-square), how many degrees of freedom, alpha level (choose .05), and critical value.

• Discussion (20%): Include at least four paragraphs.

• Describe what it would mean if you obtained significant results. Then describe what it would mean to obtain nonsignificant results.

• Discuss how your study followed APA ethical guidelines, by discussing the use of an informed consent form, debriefing statement, deception, and obtaining IRB permission.

• Discuss any limitations in your study (e.g., possible confounding, lack of random assignment, or random sampling).

• Conclude with a discussion of future studies that could arise from your study.

• Include two figures, OR two tables, OR a table and a figure (10%). A table is columns of numbers, and a figure is anything else (chart, map, graph, etc.). You can include your Informed Consent form and your Debriefing form as two figures.


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