Web Exercises

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Web Exercises

1. Go to one of the following websites and explore the current research being conducted in the topic area:

Literacy: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/supported/Pages/nrp.aspx

Bullying: http://www.stopbullying.gov/

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.

Overview of Genie Wiley 1

  • 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?