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PSYC 465 (Liu): Experimental Psychology

Research Guide for Dr. Liu's section of the PSYC 465 course

Preparing your research proposal

For your Research Proposal, you will prepare a written document that should include these sections:

1. Title Page 

2. Abstract: a summary of your proposed research study, including:

  • the overall purpose of the study and research problem(s) you will investigate
  • the basic design and methods of the study
  • a brief summary of your expected results and what your interpretation of what they'll mean

3. Introduction: includes the problem to be studied, theory that is guiding the research/review of current literature, relevance of the work, and specific study hypothesis. Your introduction should discuss the articles that you've used to build your study, but also be more than just a summary of the articles you've read. Your introduction should be a compelling narrative about how the articles you've read have built up to your study hypothesis and make the case for why your research study is important.

4. Research Methods: includes proposed subject recruitment, experimental design (variables you will study, measures and assessments you will use, procedures you will follow), and proposed data analysis plan

5. Predicted Results: describe your expected findings and interpret them in light of what is already known about the research area you're investigating

  • Go to Analyze Your Articles and Use Your Articles to find evidence and findings from your target study and related research articles and use them to build arguments about what your expected study findings are going to be
  • Go to Use Your Articles to use evidence and findings from your articles to build arguments about what your expected study findings will mean and how they would contribute to the research area

IRB Application

All planned research involving human subjects requires an IRB application. The primary goal of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. IRB-Dearborn reviews all planned research involving human subjects prior to initiation of the research, approves research that meets established criteria for protection of human subjects, and monitors approved research to ascertain that human subjects are indeed protected.

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