PSY 3310 – Psychological Research Methods I
SAMPLE RESEARCH PROPOSAL
Your research proposal should be written in APA format and should address or answer the relevant questions below each heading. Make sure you write each section in the appropriate verb tense and refer to the APA Manual to confirm the inclusion of the appropriate information in each section. Cover Page *Running Head *Page Header *Title, Author, Institution Introduction Your first sentence of your introduction should identify the research problem. This sentence or two should address why the research is important and what you are hoping to accomplish. What is the problem under investigation? Next, you should complete a literature review. Your review of the literature should only include the most recent or relevant articles. Through the use of previous research, you should develop the general background of the research problem and identify research holes to show how your experiment can further research in the field. Make sure you include your hypothesis in this section, as well as, the independent and dependent variables. Lastly, identify your research design. *Helpful Hint: Make index cards to organize all of your references. It is a good idea to include the following information: Authors Article Title Periodical Title Year Volume Independent Variable(s) Dependent Variable(s) Hypotheses Conclusions
Any Extra Information
Dependent Variable: *What behavior are you going to measure? *How often are you going to measure the behavior? *What is the type of observation? *What is the recording method? How will data be recorded? Independent Variable/Subject Variable: *What are you going to manipulate? *Describe (in detail) the levels of the independent variable. *What variables are controlled? *How are they presented? *How long will they be presented? *What instructions will the participant receive? *Who will give the instructions? *Who will be present when the behavior is measured? Method...
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