The purpose of this and other research report assignments is to give you the opportunity to demonstrate (1) your proficiency with interpreting the output from statistical software (SPSS); (2) your scientific literacy (e.g., your understanding of the nature of scientific work); and (3) your ability to communicate effectively via scientific writing and the use of tables and figures.
In this particular assignment, you will demonstrate your understanding of the statistical output generated in SPSS and its contextual meaning by writing excerpts from an APA-style research report and creating APA-style tables and a figure.
This assignment is due by 11:59pm on Sunday, December 6, 2020. You are asked to submit only one file:
This document should look like an early draft of a complete APA-style research report that contains some complete and some incomplete sections. It might help to imagine that you are a member of a collaborative research team who is responsible for analyzing the data and writing up those results, while other team members work on the introduction, discussion, etc. Specific instructions regarding the sections that are required of you are detailed below.
This document should be prepared in a word processing program (e.g., Microsoft Word), using Times New Roman 12-point font, and 1” margins. (You may submit the final version of this document as a Microsoft Word-compatible file or a PDF file.) A separate title page should be included in APA style. Headings (e.g., “Method”) and subheadings (e.g., “Participants”) should be included in APA style. No abstract is necessary. For resources related to creating such a document, please see Blackboard > Assignments > Research Reports > Resources for APA-Style Research Reports.
This file should be uploaded to Blackboard. Please go to Blackboard > Assignments > Research Reports, and then follow the appropriate link to do so. If you have any trouble, e-mail me the file.
Research Report 2 is worth 10% of your final grade. It will graded on three main criteria:
Studies have suggested that human mating and sexual responses may be impacted by scents expressed through sweat glands. In the current study, you are hoping to understand how such scents may impact individuals’ responses to potential romantic partners. While literature has shown that some chemical signals expressed through sweat, such as androstadienone, may affect sexual arousal, studies have yet to determine how this may interact with other dating behavior, such as the use of pick-up lines.
Therefore, you decide to conduct a study to examine how exposure to such chemical signals interacts with experiencing different types of pick-up lines to determine how individuals respond to potential partners and rate the attractiveness of potential partners.
To test this hypothesis, you recruited 194 heterosexual female participants from a college participant pool, and had them come to the lab for the study. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four conditions, based on two independent variables. For the scent variable, participants were randomly assigned to either receive an androstadienone intranasal spray (experimental condition), or to have no spray (control condition). Then, participants interacted with an opposite-gender confederate in the lab, who engaged in flirting behavior with the participant. The confederate followed a basic script, and was randomly assigned to either request the participant’s phone number with a “direct-direct” pickup line (“Can I have your number?”) or a “cute-direct” pick-up line (“I lost my number, can I borrow yours?”)
After the interaction, three dependent variables were assessed. First, participants were asked to rate the physical attractiveness of the confederate on several items, which were averaged together to create a composite score (“attractiveness” variable). In addition, interactions were videotaped. Three coders rated participants on behaviors that might indicate receptivity to a relationship with this person after the pickup line (e.g., being polite, smiling, continuing the conversation, eye contact, laughing, not being rude). Each coder gave a 1–5 rating to each participant, where 1 = behavior indicates no interest in beginning a relationship and 5 = behavior indicates strong interest in beginning relationship. Lastly, participants were asked to provide a global rating of their general enjoyment of the interaction with the confederate on a scale from 1 = did not enjoy at all to 10 = enjoyed myself the entire time.
(As a note, this data, while based on other findings, appears to have been designed for stats class purposes and is not real data)
Instructions for Analyses (See bolded parts that you will still have to do from the output.- also, this is how you would walk through if you wanted to practice on your own)
Instructions for APA-Style Research Report
Remember that your research report is expected to look like the early draft of a complete APA-style research report that contains some complete and some incomplete sections. In total, your APA-style research report should include the following bolded (sub-)sections:
Those (sub-)sections that are bolded will include at least some information that has been produced by you, although they will not necessarily be complete (e.g., you will draft an incomplete discussion section, with only
Specific instructions related to the (sub-)section excerpts are as follows:
A Note about APA Style
These instructions do not cover specific information about APA style such as how to include in-text citations, how to bold, italicize, indent (sub)section headings, etc. For more information about those exact guidelines, please consult your textbook, as well as any number of free online APA-style resources.
 Remember that you can edit out analyses using the lefthand toolbar – you can delete things that are unnecessary if you make a mistake.