Summary

After 10 weeks of research design and lab sessions, I am at a stopping point for the summer. At this point, I have run 26 participants, and I know that most of that data was collected without difficulty and will be a part of my final result, a concept which I find very exciting.

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Suspicion Check

One of the most interesting parts of each lab session for my study is at the very end, when I perform a ‘suspicion check’. This simply means that I ask each participant what they believe the purpose of my study is based on their exposure to all of its elements. Given the broad range of computer tasks and survey questions, participants in my study absorb a lot of information in just under an hour, so it is no surprise (but still a relief) when they fail to read back to me my true research question.

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The Obstacles in Data Collection

This summer, I have found that collecting data from as many participants as you can is important, because you may begin a participant’s session only to realize at the end that their data is useless due to a circumstance beyond your control.

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Participant Demographics Breakdown

In previous posts, I have mentioned how I am recruiting both male and female participants for my study. In preparing the stimuli, I gathered data for one survey from all male individuals, and I found that to be difficult. In keeping with data from many psychology studies, getting quick results from males proved to be more challenging than from females. However, in gathering participants for my actual study, I have not run into this problem, which I find interesting.

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Running the Study

After several weeks of design, preparation, and last-minute adjustments, I am now in the process of recruiting and running participants in my research study. In the past three and a half weeks, I have been coordinating with students on campus to come to the lab and get the data that I need, and so far I am very pleased with the turnout.

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