Request for college/university students to help in Psychology Study

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This is a Psychology Senior Seminar project; it requires 100 current college or university students. All participants must be 18 years of age or older. Participants must be in their second semester of college or further and know their current college/university GPA. Participants must also play video games of some sort. Anyone who does not fit the above criteria will be excluded from the survey. All information will be kept confidential and retained via APA standards and no identifying information will be recorded. If you choose to be a participant, please use the link provided:

Survey Link

It was suggested to me that I make this post in the Serious Discussion instead of the Off-topic section.
Thanks to TheBSG for showing me how to create links in the forums.

 
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Link.

"Link.":http://ius.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6xnJpetSN5M055H

Also, popularity surveys ruin psychology. Popularity surveys online for student classes ruins students’ understanding of scientific psychology entirely. Modern US universities and colleges ruin learning.

What does this data say [about college students usage of media, in particular videogames?]”
“That my instructor doesn’t know how actual statistical data for actual scientific experiments works because psychology is one of the least scientific fields of study but doesn’t have to be.”

15/16 People surveyed think they’re intelligent.

How do we combine a field of scientific study with surveys from teen magazines? Pop Psychology.

 
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Originally posted by nanynanypoopoo:

Participants must be in their second semester of college or further and know their current college/university GPA.

Good luck with that one. Whilst many of us here have one or multiple degrees under our belts, and of the rest many are currently studying at university, a great many, probably even a majority, are not studying at US universities. US universities are the only ones that use GPA. Most use a points system or D/M/P basis.

So you are immediately alienating most of your potential audience in an online setting, by basically not bothering to understand how universities outside of your own country, do things.

 
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I fit all the criteria and was into trying the thing just to use up time, but not too far into the survey it asks “What genres of video games do you play?” but then proceeds to provide only radio buttons… so I’m asked to choose multiple genres but can only select one?

I know it seems petty to focus on that, but either someone didn’t proof the copy or someone doesn’t know how to proof HTML. Either way, it just strikes as me sloppy. Again, I know that seems petty and not worth focusing on, but things like that annoy me to no end. If someone else isn’t going to make the effort to do it right, do they really expect me to?

 
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We are always so nice to people who use these forums for homework…

 
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Originally posted by TheBSG:

We are always so nice to people who use these forums for homework…

Actually we are. It’s just we are only nice to the ones who actually thought their homework/research through before they posted a thread based off of it. I guess we only really help out the competent ones…

 
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Originally posted by nanynanypoopoo:

This is a Psychology Senior Seminar project; it requires 100 current college or university students. All participants must be 18 years of age or older. Participants must be in their second semester of college or further and know their current college/university GPA. Participants must also play video games of some sort. Anyone who does not fit the above criteria will be excluded from the survey. All information will be kept confidential and retained via APA standards and no identifying information will be recorded. If you choose to be a participant, please use the link provided:

<http://ius.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6xnJpetSN5M055H>

It seems due to the ‘?’ in the link you cannot just click it. You will need to copy paste it into your browser instead. I apologize for the added inconvenience.
It was suggested to me that I make this post in the Serious Discussion instead of the Off-topic section.

Done. It seemed like a short and straightforward survey. I see what it’s trying to connect—game playing and low school performance. I wasn’t able to have a comment box to give the full story, though—I’ve suffered from (service connected) sleep apnea for years.

 
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Originally posted by vikaTae:
Originally posted by TheBSG:

We are always so nice to people who use these forums for homework…

Actually we are. It’s just we are only nice to the ones who actually thought their homework/research through before they posted a thread based off of it. I guess we only really help out the competent ones…

I cannot remember the last one that fit your criteria ;) I actually was recently trying to find an old post with the word “homework” or something in it and read 5+ threads where we all tore into a person for being lazy/bad at homework. Let’s just say we’re going to be awesome parents some day.

[Just discovered that if you post in a thread right as someone else does, there’s a potential it’ll be posted in the last thread you had opened instead. Possibly the way threads are ordered?]

 
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Well, some of my own threads would fit that criteria. Not homework-based but research based, and some have been successful enough for me to take the thoughts further, and even discuss the results or the questions I was left with, with other researchers. So the forum regulars in general do help those who can put together an interesting premise and add as much detail to it as they can.

But as you say, its the ones who are downright lazy that we tear into. Posting in forums such as this one is ideal if you desire a non-specialist, young mind orientated input to a problem you have already invested significant time and effort into. That you have put time and effort into it comes across in your OP, and in the thread in general past that.

Likewise if you haven’t put any time or effort into it and you are just looking for a free lunch, this is not the place to bring your assignments so other people will do them for you.

[Just discovered that if you post in a thread right as someone else does, there’s a potential it’ll be posted in the last thread you had opened instead. Possibly the way threads are ordered?]

Don’t think so. By the very nature of it being the last thread your computer had open, it points to a problem with the way your computer is sending the data, not with the thread software itself. I’ve seen the code this forum’s based off of. There’s nothing spectacular in there, and the data is submitting via standard form methods so its not a hiccup there.

 
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No, I realized that other thread was the most recently posted in as I posted in this one, but it didn’t have a new post in it until I posted. The issue is that all of the posts are ordered on the site regardless of what thread they belong to. Someone deleted their post in the other thread, and I posted in a different thread at the same time. Either they don’t reuse post numbers, and my post was incorrectly assigned the scrubbed ID due to server lag, or scrubbed IDs are cached to be re-assigned. I’ve had some odd flukes on this forum before that imply the latter is true. I’d honestly really be curious if someone could shed some light on the situation.

Also, I recognize it could’ve been an issue with caching and cookies on my end, but I’ve had that error before on a different PC, so I’m curious to learn if the particular architecture of the forum enables that issue from arising.

 
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FinalStrife7: You’re right, that was overlooked when we were originally modifying that question, it was supposed to be which genre you play most, but we forgot to change the question.

Twilight_Ninja: We’re new to this specific system we weren’t sure how to implement something like that, also I know I wouldn’t have thought of that specific problem, not sure of my partner.

TheBSG & vikaTae: For people who seem to absolutely hate this thread, you both seem awfully stuck on it. I’m fine with this, you guys are bumping the topic for me so thank you I appreciate it. However could the two of you please stop belittling it, it’s not perfect, I knew that well before you felt the need to point it out. We’re students, we’re not always going to have the best anything, we can’t think of everything on the planet, if we could, chances are very high that we wouldn’t need the survey in the first place because we’d already unequivocally know the answer.

Originally posted by vikaTae:
Originally posted by nanynanypoopoo:

Participants must be in their second semester of college or further and know their current college/university GPA.

Good luck with that one. Whilst many of us here have one or multiple degrees under our belts, and of the rest many are currently studying at university, a great many, probably even a majority, are not studying at US universities. US universities are the only ones that use GPA. Most use a points system or D/M/P basis.

So you are immediately alienating most of your potential audience in an online setting, by basically not bothering to understand how universities outside of your own country, do things.

I didn’t know that, no one in my class, nor anyone on the IRB board told us this, I figured most of the systems used GPA.

 
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I know you are but what am I? I already admitted we were being kind of harsh, but we certainly weren’t being mean for no reason. As a student, you could perhaps look up some of my criticisms of your chosen field to see why I might say what I say? Perhaps you could include some of the criticisms of your survey within your final paper? Perhaps you could be open to discussing the flaws within your work instead of excusing them? If you feel attacked now, you’ll feel enlightened and excited to do more work if you take what I have said as a challenge.

 
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Originally posted by nanynanypoopoo:
We’re students, we’re not always going to have the best anything, we can’t think of everything on the planet, if we could, chances are very high that we wouldn’t need the survey in the first place because we’d already unequivocally know the answer.

But it’s important that you know the limited value of your survey. If it’s in serious discussion, then we’re allowed to seriously discuss it. And you’re apparently seniors – this means you’re about to have a degree. If you don’t know proper survey methods, then you need to learn them FAST, before you start publishing stuff that people might take seriously.

A large problem is the non-randomness of the survey. You’re asking for responses from Kongregate forum users (and Serious Discussion users, at that.) That may imply several things that may or may not translate well to college video game users in general.

I saw questions about high school… but I didn’t see questions about how much gaming was done in high school, only a “when did you start playing video games” question. Are you just going to assume that they played the same amount then as now? That’s a horrible assumption. And it’s a missed opportunity. In high school, students may be restricted in what and how much they play by their parents; in college, they’re more likely to be on their own. Seems like it would be useful to ask questions on how much they played then vs now. But instead…

There’s a question about sex AND about gender. Is that really needed, especially since your total sample size is only around 100? Do you plan to draw some sort of conclusion from the one or two people who are likely to answer those questions differently?

You don’t ask for even an approximate age, except about being over 18… are you going to assume everyone taking the survey is a traditional student? Furthermore, behaviors (and GPA’s) may change in different years of college, but you don’t ask what year the person is in, except that they have at least one semester completed.

You don’t ask for country, despite this being online. (Of course, if the US is the only country that uses GPA, it’s possible that you’ll only get US responses… but you didn’t know that when you wrote the questions.) Don’t you even want to KNOW what countries are responding to you? For all you know, half the respondents are from a war zone and are going to skew your results in weird ways.

 
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Originally posted by nanynanypoopoo:


Twilight_Ninja: We’re new to this specific system we weren’t sure how to implement something like that, also I know I wouldn’t have thought of that specific problem, not sure of my partner.

You might want to try Survey Monkey

I know our school and others I’ve been to tend to use that to customize a lot of surveys.

 
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Twilight_Ninja: Thank you for that, I’ll keep it around for future surveys. We were using this site specifically because our professor required us to use it.




Ceasar:
“If you don’t know proper survey methods, then you need to learn them FAST, before you start publishing stuff that people might take seriously.”
Honestly I have no desire to be a researcher, I prefer to be a clinical worker, as such the research aspect of the feild was never high on my list of things to learn that in depth, I have the basics down. My partner is planning to be a researcher, sadly he seems to know less than I do about it. I would rather never publish anything, I prefer to simply help individuals and get paid for a good day’s work.

“You’re asking for responses from Kongregate forum users (and Serious Discussion users, at that.) That may imply several things that may or may not translate well to college video game users in general.”
The post being on kongregate shouldn’t pose a problem, I don’t see why asking people to take the survey here would make it not transelate as well. One of the requirements as listed in the first post, is that those taking it need to be in their second semseter of college/university or further and play games. Because of this it should translate just fine; that being said, maybe you meant that it was only kongregate users it wouldn’t be a very good sample, that would be possibly true, however I posted it to a few other web sites as well as provided it to college/university students at my own school. So I don’t see that to be a big problem. I should have some variation of people due to the various websites, that way it doesn’t only impact my own school and their game play.

“Are you just going to assume that they played the same amount then as now? That’s a horrible assumption. And it’s a missed opportunity.”
Actually I had thought of this, however due to the limitations on time for the study and the wish for it not to be too complex (by professors wishes), we trimmed a lot of possible things out to make it easier to handle.

“There’s a question about sex AND about gender. Is that really needed, especially since your total sample size is only around 100?”
To be honest, no it may not be needed, I felt like it should be on there, it might help explain any outliers that may pop up in sexes. My logic is if someone is sex:male but they are gender:feminine, if there are sex differences then there may be a gender difference as well. I think a gender difference is more important than a sex difference in this case personally.

“You don’t ask for even an approximate age, except about being over 18… are you going to assume everyone taking the survey is a traditional student? Furthermore, behaviors (and GPA’s) may change in different years of college, but you don’t ask what year the person is in, except that they have at least one semester completed.”
The 18 years or older question is for APA regulation issues. I go to a non-traditional university. We weren’t really looking at ages for this specific study, hence the approximate age questions being left out. I didn’t think about the change in different years of college, I haven’t changed between my first and last one, so I personally never thought of it, and I guess no one else did, as you are the only person to have brought this up. I never would have thought of that as being a factor.

“You don’t ask for country, despite this being online.”
I didn’t think of that, I figured that it would be about the same in each country which would help show some impacts or none at all or between different countries everything would jump about so much that it would show no impact between the 3 tested items. So country for me wasn’t a priority, I’m not sure if my partner even thought of it.


I think I’ve addressed everything you said satisfactory, if I didn’t please alert me to the section where I didn’t do so and I’ll try to explain more so for you.

 
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Originally posted by nanynanypoopoo:


“Are you just going to assume that they played the same amount then as now? That’s a horrible assumption. And it’s a missed opportunity.”
Actually I had thought of this, however due to the limitations on time for the study and the wish for it not to be too complex (by professors wishes), we trimmed a lot of possible things out to make it easier to handle.

“There’s a question about sex AND about gender. Is that really needed, especially since your total sample size is only around 100?”
To be honest, no it may not be needed, I felt like it should be on there, it might help explain any outliers that may pop up in sexes. My logic is if someone is sex:male but they are gender:feminine, if there are sex differences then there may be a gender difference as well. I think a gender difference is more important than a sex difference in this case personally.

See, this is where I struggle to understand what you were thinking when you designed this questionnaire, and even makes me question whether you thought it through before implementing it. You went to great lengths to include questions that you hoped might cover transgender individuals in a way that would explicitly identify them from everyone else, yet at the same time you cut core questions relating to the subject you were supposed to be studying.

I understand that you don’t wish to be a researcher yourself, but there is still something to be said for showing you can do assigned tasks in a competent manner. Why, when you are told your original survey was too detailed, do you elect to cut core elements out, and leave relatively useless data in?

 
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Seriously, some people in the forums can write a script to complete 100 forms within minutes or even seconds. What this lacks is a CAPTCHA or IP authentication. As an online survey, why do you guys expect academic rigor from this?

 
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… because it’s a psychology study at an academic institution…

 
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Did I read this is a Psychology Senior Seminar project, so that uninterested students can do a study casually without thinking much? Did I read this is not a paper going to be published in a journal?

By the way, isn’t pop psy the most popular branch of psychology (if not pseudoscience)? What he did is pop psy, not scientific psychology.

Or maybe you have just overestimated universities nowadays.

 
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Is it just me, or is Pulsaris just looking for a fight today?

 
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Originally posted by vikaTae:

Is it just me, or is Pulsaris just looking for a fight today?

Aren’t you all?

 
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No we’re looking for decent discussions that push our thoughts forward. Pulsaris just seems contrary. People who bitch on this site have really never seen a well moderated, effective debate forum before have they? I’m not a giant meany on those, and I don’t change a word I say. You have 2 options when someone tells you something you don’t want to hear: Look it up, or sit on your hands and cry.

 
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I like how you put up assumptions while having no means to prove it. Like, “people who bitch on this site have really never seen a well moderated, effective debate forum before have they?”

And, although you don’t seem to call people names, which is a good thing, quite a few people in other threads do, like “stupid mother f**ker”, “gun nut”, to quote a few. How is it “well moderated, effective” then?

Maybe I don’t express myself well, so let me rephrase it better: Why do you guys take it so serious, more serious than her professor?

Questionnaire is a very shallow way to collect information. Many details will lose as you use a questionnaire. Therefore, few scientific psychology research uses questionnaire as their method. Let’s just say that the method is inherently flawed so much that we can’t really expect rigor.

Sidenote: Draconavin actually has a point. The tone of you all, in the viewpoint of an outsider, is just too harsh.

 
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This is not an example of a good debate forum, in the least. I’m not really concerned about appeasing anyone else’s expectations for how I post either. I think this was a useless act of educational fluff, and I’m going to say as much. Sorry if that’s “harsh.”