Dr. Geller has a new client that has a very rare disorder that not much is known about

Dr. Geller has a new client that has a very rare disorder that not much is known about

Dr. Geller has a new client that has a very rare disorder that not much is known about 150 150 Peter

PS300: Research Methods I

Unit 9 Assignment

Please review each scenario and then answer the corresponding questions for each.

Scenario 1

Dr. Geller has a new client that has a very rare disorder that not much is known about. She wants to conduct a study to learn more about the disorder.

· Of the study methods discussed in class, which method would be ideal for her to use? Why?

· Describe briefly how she could structure her study.

· What are strengths and limitations of this study method?

· What is observer bias?

· How could this affect the study results?

· How could a researcher work around this?

Scenario 2

Dr. Hu wants to conduct a study to see if music therapy causes a reduction in compulsive behavior in patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

· Of the study methods discussed in class, which method would be ideal for her to use? Why?

· Describe briefly how she could structure her study.

· What are strengths and limitations of this study method?

· What is attrition as a source of study error?

· How could this affect the study results?

· How could a researcher work around this?

Scenario 3

A teacher wants to collect data to see if scheduled movement breaks help her class to show less off-task behavior during lectures and tests.

· Of the study methods discussed in class, which method would be ideal for her to use? Why?

· Describe briefly how she could structure her study.

· What are strengths and limitations of this study method?

· What is subject reactivity?

· How could this affect the study results?

· How could a researcher work around this?

Scenario 4

A researcher wants to see if smokers consume alcohol more frequently than non-smokers do.

· Of the study methods discussed in class, which method would be ideal for her to use? Why?

· Describe briefly how she could structure her study.

· What are strengths and limitations of this study method?

· What is instrumentation error?

· How could this affect the study results?

· How could a researcher work around this?

Scenario 5

A researcher wants to gather data on whether diet or exercise are associated with life satisfaction.

· Of the study methods discussed in class, which method would be ideal for her to use? Why?

· Of the study methods discussed in class, which method would be ideal for her to use? Why?

· Describe briefly how she could structure her study.

· What are strengths and limitations of this study method?

· What is non-response bias?

· How could this affect the study results?

· How could a researcher work around this?