This class was tough.
I would highly recommend taking this class for anyone that is psychology major or related field. It was an eye opening experience to the research methods processes. I also got the opportunity to meet professors and other students with similar interest. The connections I made in this class are ones that I will hold onto. The Reseach Methods class starts out with a self generated research questions. Mine was; what has more of an influence on body image peers or media? My hypothesis was that peers have a greater influence on body image. While reading about similar research it was that, in experimental studies peers had a greater influence. My study involved a survey measuring body image and influences of peers and media. The survey did not did not support my hypothesis. Perhaps using experimental conditions it could have been. Overall I enjoyed taking the class and learned valuable skills.
I learned many valuable skills such as; APA formatting, creating scales of measurement, using excel and most importantly, how to back up your argument in a scientific manner. These are all skills that I will continue to use throughout college and my career. The last step in research is presenting your research to the public. This was the culmination of all the hard work I put into the class over the semester. The highlight of the course was presenting my research to professors and other students.
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My recommendation to anyone that is about to take a related course would be to become familiar with APA formatting. That includes page layout, in text citations, and references. The APA OWL Purdue online is a website I consistanly refered to. It has everything you need to know about APA. A second reccomendation I would make is to become familiar with statistics. Null hypothesis testing using inferential statistics. It can be a bit overwhelming trying to convert a survey that measures emotions into a numerical value but it's something you learn in the class. Becoming familiar with statistical software such as Excel will give you a good foundation for data analysis.