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In correlational studies a researcher looks for associations among naturally occurring variables, whereas in experimental studies the researcher introduces a change and then monitors its effects. It is important to be able to distinguish between correlational and experimental designs, because only well-controlled experimental designs allow conclusions about cause and effect. -- Grant MacEwan Community College
Research Method Paper
This paper provides an opportunity for you to practice finding research that answers a question. Various research methods exist to answer test hypotheses. The purpose of this assignment is to expose you to research studies addressing similar questions in different ways and to give you practice in identifying what information each study provides and what is not addressed. This is a critical skill as a clear-thinking person, given that we are persuaded by research findings.
You will select a topic that examines an IV and a DV. To begin, you will look for a correlational study. Next, you will find an experimental study. Finally, you will find a study, regardless of the research method, that is a bit contradictory to the other two findings.
This assignment is divided into two parts. Part I is a broad overview of the paper. Part II is the final paper.
Multitasking and academic performance (single test and/or long-term)
Cramming and test performance
Social media usage and mood
Write the paper, being sure to include feedback from Part I. See the rubric on Moodle for more details.