Continuing with the topic you’ve considered in Projects #1 & #2, you will now ask – how could a biopsychologist study this question? ( see projects 1 and 2 in attachments)

step 1: Briefly summarize what you have learned about your topic so far. Based on this, pose a question that reflects your topic of interest as it relates to a biopsychological construct. From this question, develop and state a testable hypothesis.

For instance, if you have been investigating a question about pet ownership, you might pose a question asking how pet ownership affects the response to acute stress. A testable hypothesis derived from this might state: when faced with an acute stressor, humans who own a pet will recover to baseline stress hormone levels faster than humans who do not own a pet. (Note: This is just a trivial example used for demonstration only.)

step 2: Briefly describe a study that could be used to test this hypothesis. This description must include:

Type of study – is it an observation, correlation, or experiment?

/If it is an experiment: Is it a somatic or behavioral intervention? Operationally define your independent variable, explaining how it will be manipulated. Operationally define your dependent variable, explaining how it will be measured.
/If it is a correlation: Operationally define your two variables, explaining how they will be measured.
/If it is an observation: Operationally define your variable, and describe how it will be measured.

Subjects to be used – and why.

The theoretical orientation of the study – descriptive, mechanistic, evolutionary, developmental, or application – with an explanation of details that demonstrate this.

Steps 1 and 2 must be stated in your own words.

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