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guyss i need help. im doing psychology research, basically correlate two diff surveys.

ive collected and code my data but now i found that my results are not as significant as i hope (compared to similar papers i based it on). how do i write this on results section? will my marks be reduced because the results are not significant?
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Of course your marks will not be reduced. Many many studies had non-significant results – you just see them less often due to publication bias i.e. usually only studies with significant results get published. You will just have to present it as is in the results section. Having non-significant results offers you a chance to explore the topic on reasons why that occurred. You will most likely be marked on your ability of justifying your results in your discussion section. Best of luck!
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guyss i need help. im doing psychology research, basically correlate two diff surveys.

ive collected and code my data but now i found that my results are not as significant as i hope (compared to similar papers i based it on). how do i write this on results section? will my marks be reduced because the results are not significant?
Hey lilly_Ashooo9,

I have done a couple of pieces of research on my Psychology Masters and all but one of my results have come back as non-significant. It has not affected my marks in any way and gives you the chance to question why. Maybe you had extraneous variables or the studies you are looking into and replicating had issues with things like sample size, bias and so on. It can also help you think about possible future research - maybe exploring deeper into a specific part of your topic or help create new research methods to collect results in that area. Some studies are dated and if participants have heard about them before this could bias your results and some of their methods could also be dated too.

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guyss i need help. im doing psychology research, basically correlate two diff surveys.

ive collected and code my data but now i found that my results are not as significant as i hope (compared to similar papers i based it on). how do i write this on results section? will my marks be reduced because the results are not significant?
Are you asking what your write up should be? If so, which test did you run to analyse the data? There are different write ups for different tests, I have a study sheet made out of all of them, which I'm happy to send on to you.

Though just to add, you won't be docked marks because your results weren't significant. In you discussion section you should discuss why you think your results weren't significant.. eg did you only survey a specific group of people? what was the age range and was it evenly distributed, and same with gender, was it general population or students or..? How did your sample size compare to the papers that you based your hypothesis on? As long as you include critical analysis as to why results mightn't have been significant, you will not lose marks. Also important to include strengths of your study and not just the weaknesses in the discussion.
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