Psy 241 Developmental Issue Assignment
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|Choose a developmental issue, mentioned in the textbook that is of interest to you. For example, mirror recognition, autism, diabetes, spina bifida, drug abuse, elderspeak…so many to choose from! The more interesting the topic is for you, the easier it will be for you to write.|
Start by finding at least 3-5 scholarly peer-reviewed articles on your topic. Read them carefully. You may not understand everything in the article, and that’s okay, but you should be able to get the main idea, and it may spark some inspiration.
For your paper, imagine that you are a developmental psychologist researching your topic. Come up with a hypothesis and design an experiment to test your hypothesis. You can investigate causes of a disorder or potential treatments, etc. Keep it simple and focus on one independent variable. Write up your experiment as if you were submitting to a scholarly journal.
Include the following sections:
Methods- How will you conduct your research? Include details. For example, how many research participants will you use and where will you recruit them from?
Results- You are not actually going to conduct your experiment. Here you will report what you would expect to find if your experiment went the way you think it will. Include at least one graph (created by you) of your expected results. Do not copy the graph from another source.
Discussion- Sum up what you expected to find in your experiment. Tell me how this information might fit into, or expand upon, previous research that has been done on your topic. Something else required in this section are potential confounds…is there anything that you can think of that might interfere with your results?