Select a topic which interests and engages you so that you will be compelled to conduct the research and find meaningful outcomes.
Conduct some general searches for information on your topic to narrow your topic and find subjects that may warrant further study.
Formulate a hypothesis in one of three ways
Include the following items
McCloud, S. (2007). What Is Social Psychology? Definition, Theories & Examples. https://www.simplypsychology.org/social-psychology.html
We want to investigate how an individuals response in a certain situation is influenced or dependent on social constructs.
Specifically we want to investigate the reasons why some college students consciously decide not take umbrellas with them on days that it rains.
In this step we want to conduct some background research on social psychology and the social influences of decision making.
Using PscyInfo (and other databases) we can conduct the search using appropriate keywords and the Boolean operators (AND OR & NOT)
By utilizing the definition and contexts mentioned in the above section we will conduct searches using the following terms:
response or decision
After reviewing some articles from the result list we can further narrow our topic by identifying social factors that may contribute to the decision by some college students to not take an umbrella on days that it rains.
Some factors include
sense of belongingness
group decision making
The research question should include at least one independent variable (cause) and one depend variable (effect).
It may help to use an existing framework such as SPIDER:
S - Sample = College students
P I - Phenomenon of Interest or dependent variable= Not taking umbrella
D - Design = Questionnaire, survey or interview
E -Exposure or independent variables = Sense of belonging, number of peers taking umbrellas
R - Research type = Mixed Method
For our example, an appropriate question would be:
To what extent does a college student’s adversity to using umbrellas depend on a student’s need to belong and the number of friends they have that also don't carry umbrellas?
Umbrella use among college students and how the need to belong and the number of friends using umbrellas, influence a students decision to carry one.
For this example you would want to include information on trends, groupthink, bandwagon effect, and collective behavior in general. And also include how these things manifest in a college setting as well as, the importance of peer influences.
You will state why you feel this is an important issue, why you think it deserves further study and what you think the outcome will be based on your current knowledge of the existing literature.
You will include the type up study you want to conduct. In this example we could conduct a mixed method study that would rely on a questionnaire. We would ask participants questions about their number of friends that carry umbrellas (quantitative). We will also ask questions regarding a students need to belong or fear of being seen as "uncool" (qualitative).
This slide should include the analytical methods you will employ to code, assign value or determine statistical significance of the data.
For this example there will not be any funding, so this slid will not need to be included.
In this example we would include any references we used to compile the background information as well as any other references used on subsequent slides.
You may also want to include contact information for questions that come up after presentation.