The major assignment for this course is a survey project culminating
in an APA-format paper. It is due on the day of the final. You (and
your survey group) will be designing, writing, administering, and
analyzing the survey. It will be on a topic of your group's choosing.
Note: For reasons given below, at a minimum there must be
two continuous variables, and four categorical variables. One of
the categorical variables must have only two categories, one must
have more than two, the other two must have two (or, possibly) more
Note: If you have a special project in mind, based on data
you have already obtained, talk with us about whether it is appropriate
for use in Psych 30.
Note: With our approval, you may gather data via the net.
Note: It is not usually desireable to gather substantially
more data than the minimal ammount. Make sure you talk this over
with us if you wish to.
Survey Team and Topic
You may form a group of up to 3 people to work on the project.
You may work alone if you wish. Let us know, in writing, by the
date given in the schedule,
who your team is, and what your topic is. Here is a list of previous
- How external opinions affect self esteem
- GPA and Gender
- The Effects of Fashion Magazines on an Individual's Body
- Does Pornography objectify Men's Views of Women?
- Conformity to Social Trends
- Gender Differences associated with Atrractiveness and Personality
- Do Opposites Attract? Self-esteem, attrraction and extroversion/introversion
- Athletic Excellence: At what cost?
- African Women's views on Body Image
- Influence of Conservatism or Religiousness on Religious
and Political Issues
The survey must be able to support the kinds of analyes covered
in this class. This includes:
- The most relevant data visualization(s)
- T-test(s), with report and visualization
- One-way ANOVA, with report and visualization
- Two-way ANOVA, with report and visualization
- Correlation Analysis, with report
This means that you need at least the following:
- For the correlation analysis there must be two continuous
- For the T-Test(s) and the ANOVAs, there must also be one
or two predictor (independent) variables and one response
(dependent) variable. Here the response is still a continuous
variable, but the predictors are categorical. The response
can (and often will) be one of the variables used for correlation.
- For T-Test(s) the predictor must have two categories.
- For simple ANOVA the predictor must have more than two categories.
- For two-way ANOVA the two categorical variables can each
have two or more categories. You must make sure you have responses
in all combinations of the categories, thus it is recommended
that each variable have only two categories.
- The predictors for the T-Test(s) and ANOVAs should all be
- Thus, at a minimum, there must be two continuous variables,
and four categorical variables. One of the categorical variables
must have only two categories (T-Test), one must have more
than two (simple ANOVA), the other two must have two (or,
possibly) more categories.
You can refer to the Variables and
Analyses table to see how the variable types match up with
The schedule specifies
when the preliminary draft of the survey form and the final
draft of the survey form are due. After the survey form is approved
the data are then gathered. A printout showing they have been
entered into ViSta must be handed by the date specified in the
Each student is urged to perform their own data analyses,
although cooperation with other students in the survey group
is expected and encouraged.
Each student is required to write their findings up in a formal
APA-style paper. Co-authorship of papers by some or all of the
students in a group is permitted. A more complete description
of the project and what is required for theproject paper appears
It is very important that you are actively involved in
the class project throughout the semester. There are several stages
involved in the process, and you will need to be on top of them
all to be able to prepare a successful final write-up. You simply
cannot expect to acquire the knowledge for the project without
being actively involved. Pay attention to the due dates given
in the schedule.