currently, Im doing the OCR Core Studies. I though I'd try out the exam paper (Jan 09 exam). However, I have no idea how to answer two of the questions.
(Baron-Cohen et al)
Suggest how your chosen study could be improved? (8)
Outline the implications of the improvements you have suggested for your chosen study. (8)
Could anyone help me out on this or provide a model answer/s.
Best website in the world for OCR psych.
For your current study. I can't be bothered to read it at 3.50am, but improvements are always just "i would use a larger sample" "i would use a control group" etc boring generic improvements from things you think are weak in a study.
For example if they used 3 participants and all were male and from texas. Then their findings are a load of ****. So you say i'd do it with a systematic sample of 500 people from across the US in order to make sure the results can be generalised etc etc blah blah. It's AS psych just talk **** you get marks.
I'm going to answer both questions at the same time
Change the samples i.e. same amount of participants in each group, same ratio of men to women- will increase generisability and how representative it is
Instead of pictures use real people and see their whole face- will increase validity and ecological validity becoz people do not often just see other peoples eyes
Change experiment procedure so it doesn't appear to be a test- would increase how ethical the experiment was becasue the test may have casued distress if they didn'tknow what emotion was on screen.
Hope this helps a little
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