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  1. 1. A2 Psychology: Unit 4: Research Methods – novel scenarios Research methods & planning a study SCENARIO A group of A level psychology students wanted to investigate the effect of expectation upon performance in school. They wanted to see if giving pupils prior information about how their peers had performed in the test (poorly or well) would make a difference to their own performance. They decided to use groups of GCSE maths students. Task 1: = 12marks Plan and prepare a psychological study for the scenario above. You need to complete: Aim: _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ IV: ___________________________________________________________________ DV:___________________________________________________________________ Experimental Hypothesis: _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Null Hypothesis: _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Sampling method: (+justification) _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Experimental Design: (+justification) _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Ethical considerations: _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
  2. 2. A2 Psychology: Unit 4: Research Methods – novel scenarios Procedure: _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Statistical test: (+justification) _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Write a suitable conclusion: = 2marks _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Evaluate the study: = 6marks _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ The students have completed the test and the results have been found to be OBS > CRITIAL VALUE
  3. 3. A2 Psychology: Unit 4: Research Methods – novel scenarios _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

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