Karen Droms
Instructional Designer (Retired)

Who's in Control? Evaluating Psychological Research

Project Published 9/28/19 Last updated on 3/1/20

Often general psychology students lack the ability to evaluate psychological research critically. They learn an idealized version of research design, but then cannot apply that to actual research studies.

In this project, students take what they learn about psychological research and apply it to analyzing, evaluating, and improving the classic Milgram Obedience study. The must identify the elements of research in the original, including:

  1. Hypothesis
  2. Independent and Dependent Variables
  3. Population and Sample
  4. Experimental and Control Groups

Then they discuss ways the research could be improved to be a better psychological experiment. They will also address issues of research ethics, including informed consent and deception, and how they can address them in their revised study.

They will use Spark Page to present all of their analysis, evaluation, and revision of the study. Using Spark Page to combine a traditional text essay with images takes advantage of dual coding theory, combining verbal and nonverbal information processing to encourage deeper cognitive processing.

  • Adobe Spark

    Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use tool that helps you turn your ideas into compelling social graphics, web stories, and animated videos

Age Levels
1+ Day
ISTE Standards
Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Knowledge Constructor
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Margaret Purvis

Posted on 10/28/19 6:45:51 PM Permalink

Great lesson plan Karen certainly gives you something to think about, it would be of great value in a curriculum ​