The Effects of Positive and Negative Event Support Provision on Self-Control, Persistence, and Goal Pursuit Blog #2

Throughout this semester we have researched in depth similar studies in order to finalize our measures. We’ve been researching different dependent measure options, as well as different conversation options for participants. Since our participants will be having a conversation with each other we have researched different topics for them to discuss. I looked through previous measures such as self-esteem measures to determine what measures might be helpful to use during our survey part of the study.

As we approach next semester, we are still working on finalizing all of our documents for the study. These past couple of months I learned how to construct an IRB and what type of information goes into each section. These sections include, purpose of the study, characteristics of research participants, method of participant selection, methods and procedures applied to human subjects, risk to the subject, benefits, risk-benefit analysis, information intentionally withheld, informed consent, confidentiality, analysis of data, drugs used in the study, qualifications and experience of investigators and any personnel who will interact with subjects, and collaboration with other institutions or sponsors. The IRB is almost completely finished and ready to be submitted for review. Once everything is approved we will start having participants sign up so that they can come into the lab and complete the study. We are aiming to start collecting data at the end of January or beginning of February.

The Effects of Positive and Negative Event Support Provision on Self-Control, Persistence, and Goal Pursuit Blog #1

“The Effects of Positive and Negative Event Support Provision on Self-Control, Persistence, and Goal Pursuit,” is the set title of the research I am working on with Dr. Gosnell. The purpose of this study is to examine whether the provision of positive event support can increase an individual’s self-control and lead to greater persistence and goal pursuit. This research is following a prior daily diary study conducted by Dr. Gosnell.

In her prior work, Dr. Gosnell found that on days when individuals provided support to others for good things that happen to them, such as getting a good grade, being accepted for an internship, etc., these individuals would also make more progress towards their own personal goals. Our study aims to build on this initial finding to determine if manipulating the type of support provided can lead to changes in self-control and goal pursuit in a lab setting, which will allow for us to draw a more causal conclusion.

Participants will be Pace students recruited from psychology classes. The participants will come into the lab and participate in an interaction in which they will provide support for another’s event. After the support provision, participants will be asked to complete a measure of self-control and a series of questions to gauge their interest and motivation to pursue their own goals. Currently, we are doing background research to finalize our measures and prepare the study for IRB submission.