March 28, 2011
Psychology students reported on their own research examining psychological
phenomena and behavioral correlates as part of the practical component to their
academic studies in statistics and research methods. Working with Professors
Michael Spinetta and Katherine Raichle, students examined social networking
activity, time management, eating habits, video gaming, and other typical
activities within a psychological construct.
“It’s important for psychology students not only to be able to conduct research and analysis, but also to convey
their results in a meaningful way and understand the limitations of their
findings,” Spinetta said.
Sixteen teams conducted prime research, mainly with Seattle
University students, and tested their hypotheses. Some correlated demographic
data, including gender, age, class year, and ethnicity, with self-esteem,
academic achievement, resiliency, relationships, and social functioning.
Others looked at responses to genocide, attitudes towards breast-feeding, and
“The students looked at behaviors and psychological variables
that can be measured quantitatively,” Raichle noted. “By examining eating
habits and sleep deprivation, for example, they learned how research is done,
how data is used, and what additional information is required for a
The 16 teams presented on the following topics:
Statistics and Research Methods, a two-quarter course, is required
of all psychology majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College also offers a master's degree in psychology.
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