You will write an 7–10-page mock research paper describing a proposed empirical

You will write an 7–10-page mock research paper describing a proposed empirical study of an area within the psychological and sociological field. This will be a simulated research project in which you will pose a problem and methods for a study, but you will not actually collect data. You will review the relevant research literature on the topic, describe why the issue is important, and design a study to answer the question.
The project should be organized around the following sections, following the standard APA format for psychology journal articles:
Abstract
Include a summary of your paper in 150–250 words. It should describe the research problem, methods, results and conclusions of your research.
Introduction and literature review
Include an introduction and literature review and then give an overview of your proposed study and your hypotheses. Include theoretical and empirical background. Use original sources. Specifically address: What is the issue you are considering? Define it. Why is it important? What does the literature show that we already know about the problem and what do we still need to learn? What is your approach to the problem? Discuss your interpretation of theory and research and what further study is needed. What hypotheses about the issue will you propose to test in your study? This should be the bulk of your paper (approximately 4-5 pages).
Method
How do you intend to find out? What are the variables you are interested in exploring? Give the nuts and bolts of the proposed study. Describe in detail your subjects, procedures, and specific measures you will use. Use subheadings for each section (participants, measures, procedure).
Participants
In this part of the method section, you should describe the participants in your experiment, including who they will be (and any unique features that set them apart from the general population), how many there will be, and how they will be selected, meaning which type of sampling method will be used.
Materials
Describe the materials, measures, equipment, or stimuli used in the experiment. This may include testing instruments, technical equipment, or other materials used during the course of research. If you used some type of psychological assessment or special equipment during the course of your experiment, it should be noted in this part of your method section. Be specific on how each variable will be measured.
Procedure
State the design type (correlational, experimental, or quasi) and describe.
The next part of your method section should detail the procedures used in your experiment. Explain what you had participants do, how you collected data, and the order in which steps occurred.
Be sure to mention informed consent.
Discussion
What might your results be if you really carried out the study? What conclusions would you draw if they came out as you expected, or differently? Are there any broader implications or needs for further study? What are the limitations of your design? Prior research should be reintegrated supporting your hypothesis. (approximately 1-2 pages)

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