Writing a Study Outline

• What is the big picture question?  Why is this question important?
• Name and clearly define the variables you will be exploring
• Describe what is already known about the variables  (include only points that are  relevant to your main question), and why these are appropriate for considering in answering your question.
      -Make reference to at least 3 articles- more if they make your case stronger.
      -You must be selective, describing only the findings from these articles that are        relevant and appropriate given your question.  Please, no book reports!
•Describe how your study will fill a void in our current understanding of psychological phenomena.  How will it or what we don’t we already know-   And how will your study address this?
•Briefly describe the general action plan for the experiment. What will you do?  What kind of study is it?  What is the target population and why is this an appropriate group to study in order to answer your question?
•What do you expect to find?  Hedging is an art form- we’ll work on it today.  A skilled writer can usually frame it so that whatever any possible outcome is an advance in our understanding.  This is a good place for if-then statements.  If we find x, then y.
Bring a hard copy of your outline to lecture on Thursday 9.20