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1. Go to one of the following websites and explore the current research being conducted in the topic area:
Childhood Obesity: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/index.html
- Explore the current research being conducted in the topic area.
- Imagine you are interested in conducting a pilot study to investigate one of these areas.
- Create a study using a quasi-experimental developmental design.
- Why did you select that design?
- Review section 9.6 Ethics in Focus: Development and Aging in your textbook.
- What ethical considerations would you keep in mind when conducting your pilot study?
2. Read the brief overviews of the case study about Genie Wiley.
- What type of single-case design is this?
- What ethical dilemmas arose from this study?
Search online for more information about the Genie Wiley case.
- What information did this case study provide to researchers?
Search online for additional high-profile case studies conducted in psychology.
- Why were these studies conducted as single-case designs?
- How were these case studies you found similar to or different than Genie’s, both methodologically and ethically?
3. Watch the TED Talk video by Joachim de Posada: Don’t eat the marshmallow!
In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification—and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.
- What was the research question?
- What were the variables being measured?
- What types of research designs are described?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of the designs described?