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Class Assignment

8 Feb

Post your 5 references in APA style here.  Version 6.  Peer reviewed, journal sources.

Class meets on Wed in room N1001-G

7 Feb


28 Jan

Social Experimental Psychology SPRING 22011

Note: The latest version of the syllabus is here.

Course Title: HC PSYCH 249 004 Social Experimental Psychology

Lecture: Tuesdays 9:10AM to 11:00AM in HN/ 1516

Laboratory: Wednesdays 9:10AM to 1:00PM in HN 1001G

Course Agenda: Acquire the basics of social research skills, including effective writing and communication.

Teacher: Tricia Striano, PhD, Habil

Research & contact webpage of Tricia Striano

Teach Blog of Tricia Striano:

Phone: 212 772 5678

Office hours: Tuesday @ 11AM, by appointment.

Office Location: Due to renovations TBA (please check before your meeting)

TA: Shanta Sukhu


Office hours: Wed 1-3.

Required Text: Bring your book to each class. See,, and other online used book sources besides Hunter Bookstore, also available at Shakespeare.

Understanding Research Methods: An Overview of the Essentials (7th edition). Pyrczak Press. ISBN-13: 9781884585838

Text: American Psychological Association Publication Manual, 6th edition


If it is impossible to call my office, you may contact me by email:

Please note that emails may be read first by an assistant. It is important that emails are written in a professional and effective way. If a professional request is not provided, the request will be deleted by an assistant and you will not obtain a response.

Directions on emailing: In the subject heading of your mail write: SOCIAL EXPERIMENTAL CLASS. Any email which does not have appropriate heading will be deleted by an assistant. In your email clearly write the reason for your request or correspondence (see examples provided below).

To all – Only use hunter college email address. If you do not have a Hunter College email address, please get one. All other emails will be deleted prior to reading.

A serious problem: Problems and unforeseen or unfortunate circumstances do occur on rare occasions. Under some circumstances, you may encounter a serious personal problem or situation that prevents you from completing the course or from completing your individual assignments. In these cases, please contact your academic advisor who will advise you if you should seek professional attention. Your advisor can also discuss whether you should withdraw from the course, take an incomplete, or CR. It is your responsibility to seek out the appropriate support and guidance so that you can excel in your coursework at your own pace.

Ill and contagious: In this case, please call my office prior to the class and inform me that you will not be present. A doctor’s note is advisable. There are no makeup assignments, but everyone is able to do one extra-credit assignment, counting for up to 80 percent credit for the missed class. This extra credit will be applied toward Class Participation Score.

Calling: If telephone call is not received, please leave a clear and coherent message. Include your name, telephone number, exact reason for your call, and then repeat your phone number one more time.

Example of a proper and professional email:

To Tricia Sriano

From John Smith

Date April 28, 2008


Dear Professor Striano,

I enjoyed the class yesterday on experimental design. I think that I have a good idea on a new method for my project. I would like to discuss this idea with you. I think the meeting will take 30 minutes. Would it be possible to arrange an appointment for Wednesday 4th at 11 am, or on Thursday 5th at 2 pm? If these times are not convenient for you, could you suggest a more convenient one? Thank you very much.


John Smith

Improper and unprofessional email:

To Tricia Sriano

From John Smith

Date April 28, 2008

Subject: John here!

Hey Prof!

John from your class here Prof, so sorry that I missed class yesterday. I had to work overtime at the gym because Susan my colleague has morning sickness. Can you let me know what I missed? If I don’t hear back, I’ll just drop by your office Be sure to listen or me knocking on your door. See ya next week Prof! You are the best! I have to work the next 4 classes, but will check in with you soon! John

Prepare for disaster: Find 2 class partners on the first day of class. Did you forget to take notes? Did your computer crash the day before the assignment is due? Call your CLASS PARTNERS and figure out a solution. Obtain your class partner’s contact information such as phone number and email before rather than after disaster strikes. Store your partners’ contact information in your cell phone and on paper. Plan ahead.

Grading Policy: According to guidelines set forth by Hunter College

During or in relation to class, it is not advised to:

1. provide written or verbal excuses in person or in writing

2. leave notes under professor’s office door or leave notes with assistants

3. hand in assignments at a time except during class when asked by professor, or unless advised otherwise by your professor or teaching assistant4. arrive late

5. use the internet or phone during class

6. skip class, arrive late

7. fall asleep or put your head on the desk

8. write unprofessional emails or letters or phone messages

9. come to office without an appointment, unless during office hours

10. treat your classmates or professor in an unprofessional or disrespectful manner

11. use class equipment for non-class related work

12. have food or liquid near equipment

13. ask to be removed from a group that you selected to work with

14. Send mass mailing related to your research studies


One third of your final grade is reduced for each occurrence of the above. For each individual occurrence. For one occurrence, an A goes to A minus, a C plus to a C. For two, an A goes to B+ etc.


I. Class participation: 30 percent of your grade

This grade includes a combination of active and thoughtful discussion and participation in projects, critical questions and feedback, active and critical review of on-line and in class papers, videos, etc., including oral and written portions, actively and creatively engaging in class discussion, asking good questions, answering questions, class activities such as oral presentations and homework assignments

II. 3 out of 4 Tests: 20 percent of your grade

The lowest grade is dropped. Keep in mind that since tests are cumulative, the broadest amount of content will be on the last test.

III. Writing: 50 percent

LAB 1, APA Paper 1: 10 percent

LAB 2, APA Paper 2: 10 percent

LAB 3, APA Paper 3: 10 percent

LAB 4, Final APA paper: 20 percent

On some assignments you may work in groups. Once you choose to work in a group, you may not select to work alone. You may also select to work alone. Once you decide to work in a group for a given assignment, it is advised that you do not ask to be removed from the group to work alone.

All tests/assignments are cumulative

For all assignments you will receive individual grade and hand in individual assignment, even if you worked in a group.

Your teaching assistant will review his/her grading policies, which I have pre-approved. I will review all of your exams as well as papers before as well as after these have been graded.

Academic Integrity: Plagiarism, dishonesty, or cheating will be punished to the full extent allowed according to Hunter College and CUNY regulations. Hunter College regards acts of academic dishonesty as serious offenses against the values of intellectual honesty. The College is committed to enforcing CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty according to the Hunter College Academic Integrity Procedures.

Counseling Center

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Please call Public Safety at: (212) 772-4444



1. Completion of ENGL 120 with a minimum grade of C

2. Completion of one year of an acceptable laboratory science sequence with a passing


3. Completion of PSYCH 248 (Psychological Statistics) with a minimum grade of C

4. Declaration of a psychology major


From the Office of Accessibility: In compliance with the American Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Hunter College is committed to ensuring educational parity and accommodations for all students with documented disabilities and/or medical conditions. It is recommended that all students with documented disabilities (emotional, medical, physical, and/or learning) consult the Office of Accessibility located in Room E1124 to secure necessary academic accommodations. For further information and assistance, please call (212-772-4857) / TTY 212-650-3230).


Extra session date/topic TBD

Schedule and guide

Homework and homework readings are due after the date it is assigned. Readings listed otherwise should be read in preparation for that class. Due to the complexity of the material, it is strongly advised that you read the assignments before the class session.

1 February (Lecture)

Print out and bring in syllabus

Overview of course

General ways to succeed

Assignment #1 (given in class: one page about you.)

 2 February WED (LAB)

Do CITI training. Print out certificate and give to TA

8 February TUESDAY meet @ Library Session. Time and 9:10 in Library room 609. Meet in 609 please. see you then

Assignment: Find 5 papers in empirical journals on the topic of font, typeface, color and behavior/marketing. Take out your APA manual. Look at the section on references. SEE ASSIGNMENT REFERENCES. Place your references in APA style on the BLOG.
9 February LAB

(Helvetica & Prepare Lab 1)

Helvetica: is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. Hunter Reserve, 2nd Floor DVD788 (1/2)

“ Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives (From

LAB 1: Font, color, preference (see blog)

Homework : Read Appendix A pages 169-170

Topic 2 (experimental vs. non experimental design) page 5

Topic 3 (experimental vs. causal studies) page 7

Topic 4 (non experimental research) Page 9

15 February TUES

How to ask a research question (BLOG)

Form groups. Writing exercises (describing objects, places, and spaces).

Basics of IRB BLOG

Keeping a log BLOG

Basic Statistics BLOG


16 February WED

Data collection LAB 1

Homework: Read topic 5, 6, & 7 (pg 11-17)

question 12 (page 12), questions 10 and 11 (page 14), question 13 (page 16).

22 Feb Tues (LECTURE)

Lab 1 (go over stats etc)

How to critique a paper (BLOG)

APA Basics (APA manual and BLOG)

How to give a presentation (BLOG)

Basics of saving, storing, making PDF (BLOG)

Assignment 3

23 Feb WED (LAB 1)

No class

1 March Tues (LECTURE):

Experimental vs. non experimental design

Presentation Basics.

Statistics basics. In class exercises.

Paper critique.

2 March (LAB 1)

Lab 1 write up due

6 pages, APA paper 1 due

Presentations LAB 1

Homework: Read Variables: Topic 5, Topic 6 Topic 7, Variables and Research Hypotheses

Assignment 4 due tuesday


Karla Rubio

Variables: Topic 5, Topic 6 Topic 7, Variables and Research Hypotheses

Class exercise, research methods in the media (if time allows).

Find/critique survey / Internet exercise

Survey development (reading given in class/blog), Topic 14, page 31.

Homework: Answer question number 9 on page 20, question 8 page 22.

Read Topic 8 Operational definitions

Read Topic 9 & Topic 10, Topic 42

9 March (LAB 2)

SURVEY collection lab 2, meet in lab

Your survey should include various types of questions discussed in class.

Topic: Cookies or Hunter College.

Develop your survey, collect pilot data on 10 people.  Modify your survey if needed.

15 March (LECTURE)

Emily Mercado** TEST 1  

Topic 9, Quantitative and Qualitative Research part 1 and 2

Topic 42, Confounds.

More on reading and critiquing the literature.

More drawing methods exercise

Homework #5: Read Unit 24 and 25

Answer Question 7 on page 54 and Question 8 on page 56.

16 March Wed (LAB 2)

LAB 2 Survey. Continue data collection, analysis, begin write up

22 March (LECTURE)

Aneta Bujno, Ancy Andrews article, Cindy Bonilla

Review homeworks, lab 4 prep questions.

HOMEWORK: Read Topic 11, 12, 13.

Answer question 10 on page 24, and answer question 10 and 11 on page 26.

23 March WED (LAB 2)

Present Lab 2 on surveys  (upload with voice thread)

Survey Lab 2 APA paper write-up due 6-8 pages

29 March (LECTURE)

Test 2:  For test two you will be asked to write a consent form for a study you will be given in class (be sure to include all elements we discussed in class and in your book).  You will also have some other questions.

Kamilla Ruvinova, David Chung, Arielle Zieff

Evaluation, Ethics, Theory.

30 March LAB 3 prepare (taste-test) or bistander study. .

HOMEWORK: Read Topic 37, 38, 39, 19

answer question 9 on page 90, question 8 on page 92

5 April Tuesday (Lecture) / TA

Milana Babayeva, Norbert Futeran, Christine Luebcke,  Stella Hu


Experiments, Validity, Citing

6 April

Present lab 4: oral presentation

12 April Lecture


Stephanny Vizuete, Miluska Aquije, Artem Prober

13 April


DATA collection lab 4

present questions TO CLASS

19/20/26 April SPRING BREAK!

More on confounds and Writing

Paper critiques (empirical/peer reviewed)


27 April (Wed)

Data collection Lab 4

3 May

Karen Fong, Karen Del Carpio, Andriy Mokritski, Carissa Boncardo

Test 4

4 May Wed

Data collection Lab

10 May (Lecture)

Artem Prober, Cindy Bonilla, Kamilla Ruvinova

Critique empirical papers, loose ends.

11 May Lab (Wed)

Data collection

17 May Tuesday

Minelis Arias, Fatmah Ghadban

Final APA paper due. Lab 4.

Presentations (5-8 minute per person if in group).

18 May Wednesday

Presentations (5-8 minute per person if in group)



20 Sep

Can you find the original source?

One important part of research methods is detecting good research, communicating research to the public, and being able to critique research that you read or hear about about in the news (not to mention in journals!).

Find a current (within 3 months) popular publication/news article on topic related to social psychology (social development, social psychology etc.)

What is the question addressed?

Why is this an important question?

What is new?

How was the question addressed?

What can you tel l  us about the author?

Is there any information about grant funding? And/or about the authors?

Are there ethical concerns?

What is the reference of the article discussed?

Engage 5 students.

Post your link one week before your presentation so everyone can read it! In addition, post answers to the above questions. Come to class ready to present and discuss. Class will also blog about the article. In addition, questions from presentations, etc. may be on tests. You must engage at least 10 students during your presentation. Be creative! Your presentation should last 15 minutes.

This assignment is an important part of your participation grade. Speak clearly, smile, be prepared.

You may use research from

Science Daily