Experimental Psychology

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Research Paper Requirement
For this research requirement I chose three different experiments to examine thoroughly. The first of these experiments came from the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. The study done in this journal was an examination of orthographic learning and self-teaching in a bilingual and biliterate context. The aim of the study was to figure out the advantages and/or disadvantages of a student learning a native language when they are either monolingual, bilingual, or biliterate, and the study was focused on learning English because this is the most commonly learned non-native language in the world.
The method for this experiment consisted of taking a sample of 88 sixth-grade children that came from
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The participants were then randomly assigned REM percentages of either 16.2% (below average) or 28.7% (above average). After hearing these results the experimenter explained that there is not much a relationship between perceived sleep and actual sleep quality.
After hearing these results, the participants were then asked to complete the PASAT (Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test), which tests auditory attention and speed of processing (two skills that are most affected by lack of sleep). The test consists listening to a tape that says a series of numbers every 1.6 seconds; participants add the first two numbers and give a verbal answer. When the next number is heard they add it to the previous number instead of the number they just said out loud.
The results strongly suggested that placebo sleep strongly affects a person’s cognitive ability. To those that were told they got below average sleep (16.2% in REM) they received an average score of 22.13 out of 50 questions. Those who were told they received above average sleep quality (28.7% in REM) received a score of 34.81 out of 50. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that a person’s mindset can have either a positive or negative influence on their daily cognitive abilities.
A second experiment was conducted to account for demand cues that could have affected the results in the first experiment. It was conducted in the same fashion as experiment one except for
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