Introduction to Experimentation
Neann Klara M. De Jesus
BS Psychology II
Dr. Geraldine E. Tria
ABSTRACT SUMMARY The first experiment done by the class was called “Introduction to Experimentation”. Its main objective is to give basic knowledge about some of the logic of experimentation. The class was divided into groups of 2. In each group there was an experimenter (E) and a subject (S). The experimenter instructed the subject to write the alphabet backwards (from Z to A) within 30 seconds. There were 5 trials of 30 second intervals. After every trial the subject was asked to estimate the number of letters expected to be written correctly in the next trial. As the results showed, only 2 out of the 9 subjects were able to perfect the experiment. Majority of the 9 subjects committed atleast 2 errors in a trial. The most errors committed by a subject were 7 errors. As a conclusion, it can be said that the main objective of this experiment was accomplished. The class exhibited notable scores during the course of the activity and important lessons were relayed.
Experimenting, although most are unaware about it, is a part of daily living. Say, experimenting with the route when going to school or to work, experimenting with clothes when dressing up, also, experimenting with ingredients when cooking. In life experimentation is simple however when it comes to Science, Experimentation entails so much more. The meaning of the word “experiment” on a Merriam Webster dictionary is; a test or trial, an operation or procedure carried out under controlled conditions in order to discover an unknown effect or law to test or establish a hypothesis or to illustrate a known law. Wikipedia on the other hand says that an experiment is a methodical trial and error procedure carried out with the goal of verifying, falsifying, or establishing the
References: F. J McGuigan c. 2000 Prentice-Hall Inc