Meditation And Volunteer At The Meditation Group

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159 Final Exam 1a. There are multiple methodological problems with this study. The first mistake is the experimenters explain their hypothesis to the group. This is an issue because it can lead to subject expectancy effects. The researchers explained that they believe that meditating will improve test results, so now the group now knows the expected outcome. Since they know this, they may now intentionally or unintentionally behave in the way the researchers want them to. For example, those who meditate could now believe they are supposed to do better and simply feel more relaxed because they believe they are supposed to . The next issue is that the experimenters do not randomly assign subjects to the experimental or control group. This is an issue for many reasons. First, all the volunteers were from the group that know the hypothesis, those who have used mediation techniques before could already believe the researcher’s expected outcome and would volunteer to be in the meditation group. Some could not believe in the positive effects of meditation and volunteer to join the meditation group with skepticism and not put in full effort to learning meditation because of previous personal bias. Or they could opt not to be in the meditation group and remain relaxed during the test anyway. The next error is the experimenters told only the control group to think about how important it is to do well on the exam. That is a problem because it creates another difference between the
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