Research question and hypothesis Definitions

Imagine you are a psychology researcher. You have been awarded $1M to conduct a research study of your choosing. This study should be one that will inform and/ or evaluate psychological practice, such as a clinical intervention trial or a study to help better understand a psychological

relationship. Title Page Abstract Introduction Problem statement – this is a statement of your problem being studied. Additionally you will give the rationale for why this study is important. Talk about how and why this fills a gap in the existing knowledge. Also, what benefits to society,

community, or organization will the knowledge that will be gained through this study have? Research question and hypothesis Definitions – these are all of your operational definitions. You will need to define your independent variable(s) and dependent variable(s). Literature Review (800 words/ 6 sources) Methodology (500 words) Research design – Here you will discuss your chosen methodology (e.g., experimental, quasi-

experimental, correlational, survey, etc.) and justify why it is the best design for your study. Setting – Where will you conduct your study? Will it be conducted online (e.g. survey research) or in-person? If it is in-person, will it be in a controlled environment (e.g. lab) or in a more natural

setting (e.g. public park)? Participants – What is your population and sample? What are their characteristics? Why have you chosen them? How many participants are needed? What are the eligibility requirements for your study? What type of sample is it? (e.g. random sample; purposive sample; convenience sample) Measure(s) – What are the variables used in your study, and how will you measure those variables? (e.g.

standardized scale, observation, interview). Descriptions of tests, measures, observations, scales, questionnaires, observation guides, and document characteristics should be included. If you can find reliability and validity of the instrument in the literature you should talk about that here. Procedures – Step by step, how will you collect the data for your study? Recruitment – Where and how are you going to get your sample?

Data collection – Step by step, how are you going to collect your data? Data analysis– You should be able to get insight on how you can analyze your data through the literature. This is not a huge focus since we are not spending a lot of time on analysis. Limitations of the study

Confounding variables Threats to validity Any additional limitations Ethical considerations – What possible ethical issues need to be considered? Make sure you discuss informed consent, right to privacy, and the voluntary nature of research. Any possible risks should also be covered here. Conclusion References