PSY 3215 Second Independent Variable Discussion
Order ID 53563633773 Type Essay Writer Level Masters Style APA Sources/References 4 Perfect Number of Pages to Order 5-10 Pages
This is one of the most important parts of this course – I want you to work with your group to design a follow-up study using the topic Fake News and Rudeness on Facebook. Your instructor will present the ideas to the whole class, and you will vote on which one you would like to do for your final class project. As you work on this discussion, try to think about what other variable might influence Fake News and Rudeness on Facebook. Let me give you a few example, though try to get creative with your group. Look at prior research and see if you can use some of their work as a follow-up to your study. Have fun with it!
Okay, consider some ideas I was thinking about for a follow-up study (Personally, I would recommend the fourth idea, as there is a lot of research you could draw on regarding apologies, which would make Paper III much easier to write).
First, you can alter the gender of the Rude Facebook user. Let’s drop the “polite agree” condition for a moment and only look at the rude disagree versus polite disagree. Within those two disagree conditions, what if we looked at a male Corey versus a female Corey? Would rude or polite disagreement impact how participants think about Corey if Corey is a he versus a she? (Note that we would have FOUR conditions in this design: Male Corey rude vs. male Corey polite vs. female Corey rude vs. female Corey polite).
Second, source credibility is a good topic to explore. Have some participants in the rude disagree condition and others in the polite disagree condition. Then, some participants are told Corey is a high-school student (which might imply youth and inexperience) while others are told Corey is a college professor (which might imply age and wisdom – or so your instructor hopes!). Will a rude or polite disagreement be seen differently across these different sources? Note we would also have four conditions in this design: High School rude vs. College rude vs. High School polite vs. College polite).
A third idea might involve altering self-esteem or even frustrating people. That is, before they see the Facebook page, give people a task (like a puzzle or essay or quiz), and then tell some they did terrible and others they did wonderful. Does exciting vs. frustrating feedback influence their assessments of Corey? Again, we have four conditions. I bet you can name them by now!
A fourth idea, and one I think is interesting, is to have the usual rude disagree and polite disagree conditions. But then we add a follow-up apology from Corey to some of the conditions. That is, some participants see a rude disagree Corey post, but then Corey comes back an hour or so later and says “I’m sorry, I was wrong. The news I shared was fake. I apologize”. Some participants seen the polite disagree Corey post, but then an hour later Corey gives the same apology. The last two conditions lack this follow-up apology. Would an apology be enough to raise ratings of Corey? Again, we have four conditions here.
Finally, you can look at some participant characteristics if you like. You can measure the participants’ own beliefs in conspiracy theories. Will a participant who tends to believe in such theories rate Corey differently depending on whether Corey posts a polite versus rude disagreement statement? How about someone low in beliefs about conspiracy theories? We could also measure political affiliation. Perhaps there is a difference between Democratic and Republican participants that would impact how they judge the rude or polite disagreement statement. Just remember that if you choose a participant characteristic as your second independent variable, you cannot draw cause-effect conclusions (since you cannot randomly assign someone to be high versus low in belief, and you cannot assign someone to be a Democrat or a Republican). That is why I would prefer that you manipulate some feature of the study so you can randomly assign people to one of the four different conditions.