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PSY 321: Social Psychology: Final Research Project

PSY 321 Research Project

Your research paper and poster are semester-long projects that will count for 45% of your course grade. Your final paper and poster will be due no later than 5:00 PM on December 5th (Subject to change).

Collecting Data

You will collect data from 10 different participants who are not currently enrolled in PSY 321. You will use E-Prime and collect your data in the psychology research labs.


Papers must 

  • Be between 15 and 25 pages in length, excluding the title page, abstract, references, and tables/figures
  • Be typed in 12-pt Calibri font
  • Have one-inch margins on all sides
  • Be left-justified
  • Be in APA style, including parenthetical citations and a complete reference list

Your papers will include the following sections:

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Introduction (including hypotheses)
  • Critical literature review evaluating no fewer than 10 primary, scholarly sources
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Two tables or figures


Your paper will serve as the basis for your poster, which will describe your experiment and results in a visual medium. While completing these projects, please reflect on the different nature of the two mediums, and how you will work within them.

This information literacy lab will help you with some of the skills you need to complete these projects including:

  • Finding scholarly resources
  • Evaluating resources
  • Maintaining and using citations

This summary is meant only as a guide, Dr. Richman and her syllabus will have final say in these projects 

Using E-Prime

Each of you must collect data from 10 different participants who are not enrolled in this course using EPrime. Because of this technological requirement, you will not be able to collect data outside the psychology labs. You have two weeks to collect data, so do not procrastinate. In fact, you should recruit participants as early as possible so that you are not scrambling to find people at the last minute. Lab or class time will not be devoted to data collection.

The following resources will help you use EPrime for your data collection:

EPrime Reference Guide