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Katherine_exp_essay - Katherine Gomez Experimental...

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Katherine Gomez Experimental Psychology Introduction Drinking has always been a problem for college campuses everywhere. Drinking leads to absence from class, driving while intoxicated, lower grades in class, fights, property damage, getting into trouble with the law, and so on. If more was to be learned from the general patterns of alcohol consumption, maybe something could be done to reduce it. If alcohol consumption were to be reduced through this acquired knowledge, then college campuses that use this research would have a lower numbers of everything mentioned above. This would be great asset considering alcohol consumption significantly debilitates the academic performance of a student. A study by Crawford and Christensen (1995) reported that out of 4,000 students, only 16% reported being non-drinkers. That leaves another 74% who actually take some part in drinking. It is also reported that it is not only men who do all of the drinking, but women also drink. In fact, women drink just as much as men (Crawford and Christensen, 1995). This is important to our study because we should know who the general drinking population is. It is also reported in this survey that 21 heavy drinkers had gotten into trouble with the law, and the numbers went down from there (Crawford and Christensen, 1995). This is what was tested for in the present experiment. This led me to believe that the more frequently a person drinks, the more likely they are to get into trouble with the law. My independent variable is the frequency with which a participant drinks and my dependent variable is how frequently they get into trouble with the law. To do this , a survey was handed out to college students in the City college of New York. Method Participants
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The participants for this experiment were college students from the City College of New York. There were a total of 89 participants in this experiment, of which only 84 gave their ages. The given ages ranged from 18 to 37. The mean age was 21 ± 3.51. Both men and women were included with this experiment with a 1.2 to 1 ratio respectively. They were all recruited from the City College campus. There were no restrictions on race, ethnicity, or religion. Materials
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2011 for the course ENGLISH 2 taught by Professor Harrison during the Fall '10 term at CUNY Brooklyn.

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