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[Psychology Images] PSY 101 Introductory Psychology

Instructor: Vincent W. Hevern, S.J., Ph.D.

  • Section 01 MWF 1:30 PM-2:20 PM Grewen Hall 207
  • Section 02 MWF 2:30 PM-3:20 PM Grewen Hall 207

 Research Participation Requirement (Fall 2008)

General Statement of the Research Participation Requirement

Since research is fundamental to the development and advancement of psychology, one important aspect of knowledge development in this area is an understanding of how research works. The research component of this course can be fulfilled in a couple of ways.

Option A. Participation in two one-session research projects;

Option B. Completion of Literature Reviews, addressing the questions provided below, for two articles from psychology journals (on reserve at the library or available online from the class web page); or,

Option C. A combination of 'A' and 'B' (two total tasks, one from research project participation and some from journal article review).

Keep in mind there is no guarantee that there will be two one-session projects, or that projects will be available when YOU want them. This would not relieve you of your responsibility, it would mean you have to 'fill in' with journal article reviews. The participation must be done on the researchers' timetables. You must NOT sign up to participate during your class times. Research participation is NOT an excused absence.

Note that I have polled the faculty of the Psychology Department and there should be enough spaces for research participation for this Fall semester.


Work on the research participation component of this course can be started immediately (if you choose to do literature reviews) or as soon as research projects are posted. Some project or projects should begin being posted by the third week of classes (or earlier), and some may be posted throughout the semester. You may only count your participation in a project for one class, so if some other class is offering extra credit for participation, you must decide for which class a particular participation will count. It cannot count twice. You cannot participate more than once in any project (including if you have done the project some previous semester and excepting projects where you must return more than once).

**All research participation and/or literature reviews must be completed and turned in by December 5, 2008 (the last day of class). You can hand them in earlier if you wish.

Recall that this research requirement is worth 10% of your final grade (50 of 500 points). Failure to complete both components this research requirement could potentially reduce your final grade drastically (for example, from an A- to a B). Please be sure to complete this requirement on time and according to the directions.

 Research Project Participation
(Option "A")

Periodically researchers will post projects on the bulletin board outside of Reilly Hall 110/112 (near the post office by the Psychology Labs on the 1st floor of Reilly).

1 You should check this board and sign up for projects in which you would like to participate.

2 You should take a reminder sheet when you sign up (not showing up after signing up is a great inconvenience to the researchers, many of whom are your fellow psychology students)

3 You should arrive at the designated place AT OR BEFORE THE DESIGNATED TIME and sign in. Many projects CANNOT admit you after the start time which will require that you sign up for another time in that or a different project.

4. Complete the following written evaluation of the experience:*

  • Project title, researcher name
  • Describe the steps you went through as a participant.
  • Was there an informed consent explanation? What was it like?
  • Was deception used?
  • Could you tell after completion what the dependent and independent variables were? (Tell me what they were.)
  • Was there a debriefing? What was it like ­ were you satisfied with the answers you were given after it was complete?
  • Did you think the project was done well? was likely to yield interesting results? was it ethical?
  • Did you learn anything from this participation?

* In your written evaluation, include a title page which is headed:

Research Participation: (Insert Your Name) PSY 101 Sec. 01 or 02
Date: (Insert Date)

Begining here, insert the items listed above: Project title, etc.

Hand in this evaluation along with a copy of the informed consent for each project in which you participate.
Your evaluation must be typewritten (printed using standard print size and margins).

 Research Literature Review
(Option "B")

You should go to the section below which contains articles available for review online and then come back here to use the instructions below about what you have to tell me about each article your reviewed.

You should read the article(s). Then, for each article, answer the questions below, keeping your total response for each article to no more than two typed pages (standard print size and margins).

Answer the following questions for each article reviewed. At the top of your paper include the citation using APA format (see list of articles for examples), your name, section number or time of class, the date and my name. Remember that these must be turned in word processed - please use spell check.

On a practical note, these are articles from professional journals. There may be some terms or statistical information that is new and difficult to understand. Although you can look up terms, it is recognized that some results of some studies may be best understood (for the purposes of this course) by focusing on the discussion section.

1. Why did the author(s) do the research?
2. Describe the research hypothesis(es).
3. Describe what they found and if they supported their research hypotheses.
4. Describe the conclusions of the authors, what are the implications of their work.
5. What do you think of the research (would you do it the same? differently [how]? was it ethical? worthwhile?).

The Literature Review(s) should be turned in to me in class.

 Articles Online The articles listed below can be accessed from any Le Moyne College computer at these links: [LMC]

Chen, E., Bloomberg, G. R., Fisher, E. B., & Strunk, R. C. (2003). Predictors of repeat hospitalizations in children with asthma: The role of psychosocial and socioenvironmental factors. Health Psychology, 22, 12-18. [LMC]

Dutton, S. E., Singer, J. A. & Devlin, A. S. (1998). Racial identity of children in integrated, predominantly White, and Black schools. The Journal of Social Psychology, 138, 41-53. [LMC]

Glanz, K., Geller, A. C., Shigaki, D., Maddock, J. E., Isnec, M. R. (2002). A randomized trial of skin cancer prevention in aquatics settings: The pool cool program. Health Psychology, 21, 579-587. [LMC]

McAdams, D. P., Diamond, A., de St. Aubin, E., & Mansfield, E. (1997). Stories of commitment: The psychosocial construction of generative lives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 678-694. [LMC]

McCloskey, M. S., & Berman, M. E. (2003). Alcohol intoxication and self-aggressive behavior. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 306-311. [LMC]

Siegal, M., & Peterson, C. C. (1996). Breaking the mold: A fresh look at children's understanding of questions about lies and mistakes. Developmental Psychology, 320, 322-334. [LMC]

Sternberg, R. J., Nokes, C., Geissler, P. W., Prince, R., Okatcha, F., Bunday, D. A., & Griogrenko, E. L. (2001). The relationship between academic and practical intelligence: A case study in Kenya. Intelligence, 29, 401-418. [LMC]

Tomkiewicz, J., Brenner, O. C. & Adeyemi-Bello, T. (1998). The impact of perceptions and stereotypes on the managerial mobility of African Americans. The Journal of Social Psychology, 138, 88-92. [LMC]

Vandello, J. A., & Cohen, D. (2003). Male honor and female fidelity: Implicit cultural scripts that perpetuate domestic violence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 997-1010. [LMC]

Willis, R. N., Jr. & Dodds, R. A. (1998). Age, relationship, and touch initiation. The Journal of Social Psychology, 138, 115-123. [LMC]

Wolfson, A. R. & Carskadon, M. A. (1998). Sleep schedules and daytime functioning in adolescents. Child Development, 69, 875-887. [LMC]


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