Psychology 399 Group
Independent Study in Psychological Research (Psyc 360)
Supervisor: Mark Stasson
Students will work collectively
(Psyc 399) or individually (Psyc 360) under the supervision of Mark
Stasson to produce
a professional level research project in Social Psychology.
Social Psychology is a prerequisite, so students should be
familiar with relevant topics (plus, you can always review a social
Students may profit from choosing a
research internship, strengthening skills that may be useful in a
graduate program or research career.
One interesting book on this topic is ""What Psychology Majors
Could (and Should) be Doing: An informal guide to research experience
and professional skills."
This book is published by the APA, but available at a more
reasonale price at other sites such as: http://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Majors-Could-Should-Doing/dp/1433804387
The internship/independent study requires
of all steps in the research process:
* Identifying a topic in Social
* Developing an idea and finding background theory/research
* Designing a study
* Collecting data
* Analyzing the results
* Presenting Your Research in a Public Forum (Conference)
* Writing a formal research report in APA format.
While not required, students are encouraged to disseminate research
findings by presenting the research at a conference, publishing the
posting the paper at the CPR website.
PREREQUISITES: (1) Psyc 336 (Social
Psychology) AND (2) either Psyc 312 (Research
Methods) or Psyc 307 (Data Analysis)
AND (3) Identifying a Topic in Social Psychology (Must be approved
Prior to Registration).
Syllabus (Click here)
Examples of Past Projects:
1. The effects of gender stereotypes on occupational judgments.
K. Kleyman, J. Souza, & K. Gjerswold.(Presented at the meeting of
the American Psychological Society, Chicago)
2. Affective and cognitive attitude components in behavioral
prediction. S. Bourquin (Presented at the meeting of the
Psychological Association, Chicago)
3. The group dilemma questionnaire. K. Irving. (Presented
at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago)
4. Persuasion and influence through authority and social proof..
5. The effect of online media source on message persuasiveness.
J. Paasch & I. Siegel (Presented at the meeting of the
Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago)
6. Social-cognitive determinates of safety actions: seat belt
use. S. Bourquin (Presented at the meeting of the Minnesota
Psychological Association, Bloomington)
7. Individual and situational differences in procrastination.
8. Motivation and self-regulation. N. Walter
at the meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago and
at MUPC in St. Paul)
9. Interests and Self-Reported Psychological Well-Being.
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