PSYC 100 Discussion 1.docx - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 What was the research question that guided the work by Drews et al What was their hypothesis(specific

PSYC 100 Discussion 1.docx - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 What was the...

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1. What was the research question that guided the work by Drews, et al.? What was their hypothesis (specific prediction)? What effect does talking on cell phone while driving have on drivers? Their hypothesis was that talking on cell phone affected the driver’s cognitive ability. Talking on cell phone reduces the ability of the driver to pay attention to the environment around them. 2. The Independent Variables (IV) is/are: Driving conditions, talking on Cell Phones or to a person sitting next to them, the 8 miles they had to drive in the simulator. 3. The Dependent Variable (DV) is/are: Their ability to navigate the simulation without any issues while carrying on a conversation in person or on the cell phone. 4. Were the participants randomly assigned to conditions? What is the purpose of random assignment? Yes, they were randomly assigned conditions. This ensured that no one could use their strengths to perform well during the simulation.
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