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Discovering the Scientist Within offers an utterly unique approach to the research methods course. Rather than taking students through statistical methods one at a time, the authors provide a series of realistic and engaging case studies with each design-focused chapter presenting a single study start to finish. View More

Discovering the Scientist Within

Activity: Conducting an Independent Samples t-test by Replicating a Study in Class (Food Enjoyment & Novelty)

Students will participate in a simplified version of Study 1 in O’Brien and Smith
(2019). In their study, participants were instructed to eat a familiar food (popcorn)
in a conventional or unconventional way (with chopsticks), and then rated how
enjoyable the food was. In class, randomly assign participants to condition
(conventional vs. unconventional) and then have them eat a familiar food using
their assigned method. Students will then complete the food enjoyment scale and
give you their total score. Using this data, students will conduct an independent
samples t-test to determine if there were differences across conditions.


Author: Eliane M. Boucher

Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2020