For this research project, I and Dr.Gosnell have made monumental progress. That is, completing our IRB and sending it in for approval to receive permission to run the study. As for the problem-solving process, I was challenged in trying to learn the format for an IRB and how to find reputable measures to include in the IRB to receive approval. Dr. Gosnell did grant me a very generous amount of initiative in creating the IRB and gathering the necessary resources for it. Therefore, I do believe the problem-solving process, the initiative needed for this project, the communication and teamwork/collaboration with my faculty member all go hand-in-hand. This is because each Thursday Professor Gosnell and I would meet to discuss revisions for the IRB, what it had enough if, what it is lacking, and the educational resources I need to make it better. Therefore, Dr. Gosnell acted as a significant problem solver in the behind the scenes work that went into making the IRB, as well as allowed for many initiatives in granting me the freedom to draft the IRB up.
As for insight and reflection into the data I obtained, it all stems from gathering the different types of questionnaire scales needed in the IRB. I used Google Scholar and PSYCHINFO for a lot of the data I obtained, for which I then learned how to decipher if a scale is reputable and valid to use for research purposes. From the data I collected, the only questions that I have raised would be how exactly are the scales we chose going to play out in the facilitation of our research, and how are our participants going to respond to them? Will they be truthful, deceitful, etc.?
The research project that I and Dr. Courtney Gosnell are conducting for the Pace Undergraduate Student & Faculty Research Program is entitled: The Effects of Positive Emotion Overexpression Based on Underlying Motives. The purpose of our research project is to start the conversation around emotion regulation, specifically positive emotions, as not a lot of research has been done on the topic as of currently. Our other purpose in conducting this research is to figure out how, why, and when individuals regulate their positive emotions. Specifically, dissecting whether or not overexpression of our positive emotions in everyday relationships may be less harmful if our motive behind doing so is to help our partners. This is being compared to overexpressing our emotions for motives related to our personal gain.
Therefore, the goal of this project is also to begin a conversation around our chosen topic, in addition to either proving or disproving our expected theory and outcome. The objective we want to complete to achieve these goals is to gather a random sample of people to participate. Ideally, these participants would be taken from the Introduction to Psychology courses that are required for every first-year student to take. Then, we would need to submit an application to the Institutional Review Board so we can gain approval to start our research. We would also have to let the Psychology Department know about our plans to use the Behavioral Lab and create timeslots on Pace University’s research site, SONA. Another objective we have would be to create a timeline for how long we want these research sessions to last in addition to getting together all necessary files and people. This would include but not limited to: consent forms, research assistants to facilitate the study, instructions to give out to the participants to follow and formulate post-experiment questions.
From this project, I expect to learn how and why people overexpress their positive emotions and how it relates to their motives for doing so. Also, I plan on learning how to craft professional, academic research and the interworkings that go into it. This includes creating an IRB proposal, gathering study measures, and how to dissect research once it is collected. With that being, the methods that we will be using to answer our research question is making use of SONA to regulate study sign-up times, have participants make a video asking them to express three different levels of positive emotions as if they were sending the video to a loved one. Lastly, then using Qualtrics to assess how the participants felt the activity made them feel.