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Conducting Research - November 26th 2010, 05:20 PM

I was wondering if anybody could help me out...

I'm a first year undergraduate university student, pursuing an Honours Specialization in Neuroscience and Psychology, with a Minor in Philosophy. I am very interested in conducting my own Psychological research and then writing some form of paper on it.

I am very interested in the topic of love -- i.e., what is love? How does one know whether they like someone or not? What are the feelings associated with love? How can one determine the difference between someone they have feelings for and somebody they do not? What causes break-ups? I want to figure out and understand the whole emotional process behind relationships -- from initial attraction (i.e., how and why people are attracted to each other), through the entire relationship (i.e., how does a couple determine how fast to move, etc.), to break-ups (i.e., what causes someone to break up with the other person, etc.) I'd also like to investigate things like why people cheat, etc.

I know that I'm only in first year and trying to do something like this may be very difficult...but I was wondering if anybody knew about any steps I could take now? I'd like to investigate this issue a lot, on my own time, and come up with some kind of research that I could put into a paper. I don't know.

Any advice?

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Re: Conducting Research - December 3rd 2010, 01:52 AM

How in depth do you want your research to end up? Did you want to go strictly on the behavioral side or also focus partially on the biology, chemistry, etc?

You should first read peer reviewed articles that focus on whatever subject you want to research. A lot of research focuses on a single subjects (initial attraction, break ups, etc).

Once you find your target of research then you will have to figure out what exactly you want to find out. So make your hypothesis, methods, etc. I'm assuming you will be using human subjects so you could put up flyers in the science buildings, student centers, etc. It might be hard to get participants unless you want to pay them. This would require a grant which can be difficult.

And since you will be using humans then you will have to read up on ethics regarding experiments on human subjects.

However, I'm a biochem and molec bio grad student so it might be different for psychology.

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Re: Conducting Research - December 3rd 2010, 01:40 PM

Hello there, I'm graduating in May with a degree in psych, as a first year you have a lot of time to think about this, you will most likely get a chance to do a project as a requirement for your degree, but if you don't, you can still do one. Start thinking about where you want to focus your attention and also what kind of data you want to work with since you'll eventually have to score a measure of some kind. It might also help to talk to your professors about how exactly to go about studying it. Good Luck

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