PSY Cognitive Psychology Lab

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The final project will be due in Week 10. You will select an experiment from the CogLab CD accompanying your course textbook and perform the experiment. Next, you will create a report on the topic on which the experiment is based. The report will include four sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.

When choosing the experiment make sure to review the weekly experiments first. Your project cannot be one that will be used in the weekly experiments. It is recommended that you start working on the final project early. If you have any questions regarding its development please ask your instructor for guidance.

For Weeks 2-5 you should be working on a literature review of research related to your experiment. It is recommended over the next several weeks to find and review peer-reviewed journal articles on your experiment. For the final project it will require at least 5 peer-reviewed journal articles on current research (within the last 5 years) on your topic.

By Week 6, you should be working on the methods section of the project. Include information about the participants and the stimuli, and a brief description of the procedures followed to complete the experiment successfully.

By Week 7, you should be completing the results section. It would explain your finding in the experiment in detail. It shouldn’t contain an analysis of the results. That part is done in the conclusion section.

By Week 9, you should be developing your conclusions. Here are a few points to consider:


Final Project

In Week 1 you began with choosing an experiment to complete. Over the last several weeks you have been working on your project in preparation to complete the work for this week.

Your project should adhere to the following guidelines:

For the main sections, it should have:

  • A title page
  • An abstract (not more than 250 words)
  • An introduction
  • A literature review
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion or conclusions
  • References

Introduction: This should be one to two pages in length. The introduction provides a brief overview of what will be covered and the purpose of the research.

Literature review: The literature review is taken in part from what you researched from the scholarly journal articles. It is a synthesis of the material you found into a cohesive review of the literature on your chosen experiment.

Methods: This section provides information on how the experiment was conducted.

Results: The results section should explain your finding in the experiment in detail.

Discussion and conclusions: The difference between a great research paper and a marginal one is the depth and originality of the discussion and conclusions section. This is where you bring together what you have learned through your research as well as through the course regarding your topic in the concluding remarks of your paper. The discussion and conclusions section should be one to two pages in length.

  • Were the results of your final project experiment the same as your expected hypotheses?
  • Mention any results that run counter to your expected hypotheses. In your opinion, what factors could have influenced the results?
  • What real-life psychological phenomena might be explained or modeled by the findings of this experiment? How?

From your course textbook, Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research and Everyday Experience, (4th ed.), read the following chapters:

  • Chapter 12: Problem Solving
  • Chapter 13: Judgement, Decisions and Reasoning

From your course textbook, CogLab on a CD, read the following experiment:

  • Remember/Know
  • Decision making

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