Description of Research Methodology

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Assignment 1: Description of Research Methodology
Due Week 2 and worth 150 points.In this assignment, you will write an essay about the research methods and ethical implications of a social

psychology study. You will get information about the study from one of the entries in the SPARQ “Solutions Catalog”, which is a web site

maintained by Stanford University at SPARQ is an acronym for “Social Psychological Answers to Real-

world Questions.” Each entry in the Solutions Catalog names a problem, and then offers a solution to that problem, based on a research study in

social psychology.
To keep this assignment short and manageable, your only sources for this assignment should be from the SPARQ site and your course materials,

such as your textbook. There is no need for you to cite any of the course materials. Therefore, no additional citations or references are

needed, beyond those from the SPARQ site.
In this exercise, you will choose one of the entries in the SPARC site, and then write a two to three (2-3) page paper that meets the following

1. Begin your paper with a short introductory statement that clearly identifies the article from the SPARQ site that you are using, as well

as the corresponding research article. Model your statement after the following example:
The article I selected from the SPARQ website is entitled “Boost Grades by Reframing Failures” (Wilson, n.d.), which summarizes a research

article (Wilson & Linville, 1982) on the topic.

• Please note that there are two APA “in-text citations” in this example. The first citation “(Wilson, n.d.)” is an in-text citation for

the SPARQ article. The SPARQ articles are undated, which means that there is no date of publication reported. The “n.d.” designation is an

abbreviation for “no date”.

• The second citation “(Wilson & Linville, 1982)”, is an in-text citation to the original research article. We are asking you to cite this

paper for practice in using APA, but are not requiring you to read the original paper. Normally, you should cite only those articles that you

actually read and used, but we’re making an exception here for the purposes of practice.
1. Briefly summarize the main details of your chosen social psychology research study. Identify the main research method(s) used in the

study (e.g., case study, experiment, observation, etc.).
2. Explain whether or not you believe the research methodology that the researchers used in the study was the most appropriate for the

study. Provide a rationale for your response.
3. Discuss whether or not you believe the research methodology used in the study is the one (1) method that provides researchers with the

most information in general. Explain the main reasons why or why not.
4. Explain the major ethical implications of the selected study (e.g., informed consent, debriefing, etc.). Describe the main reasons why

you believe the study was or was not ethical. Provide a rationale for your response.
5. The final section of your paper will be a reference section that contains a corresponding reference for both of the in-text citations in

your introductory statement (see point #1, above). In APA-style citations, in-text citations must match up with a reference in the reference

section. You can model your reference section after the following:
Wilson, T. D. (n.d.). Boost grades by reframing failures. Retrieved from
Wilson, T. D. & Linville, P.W. (1982). Improving the academic performance of college freshmen: attribution therapy revisited. Journal of

Personality and Social Psychology, 42 (2), 367-376.

• These examples follow the APA conventions for an Internet article, and a professional journal article, respectively.