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This week, we are learning about developing a research study. It is important to operationally define your variables so that you can accurately observe and measure them. Describe a specific research idea and how you would go about studying that idea. Remember to include the variables involved, a potential hypothesis, possible methods, and the statistical tests needed to analyze your data. Find a published article in a research journal to support your idea.

Do you need to find a articles discussed in recent issues of professional peer-reviewed journals? 

To identify the journal or journals you browse, you can use "library services" or journal websites to see what recent topics have been discussed in journals.  

Some journals you may look at include:  American Journal of Psychology, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, British Journal of Psychology, Evolution and Human Behavior, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Behavior Research and Therapy, Psychopharmacology, Behavioral Pharmacology, European Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning and Memory, Neuropharmacology


Research Idea: What makes Fast Food so Addictive?


How: I would study this topic by looking at the ingredients listed in different foods, at specific fast-food chains and Restaurants. This could help me to figure out what’s causing the addiction.


Independent Variable(Cause): Fast Food


Dependent Variable(Effect): Addiction


Hypothesis: If you eat fast food often, then there is a strong possibility that you will be addicted.


Possible methods: To prove my hypothesis I would use articles to support my point


Test Needed: Charts, graphs, and Surveys



Article: Fast Food Addiction: The Junk enslavement




Balaji Arumugam, Suganya A, Saranya Nagalingam, Suveka V. (2015).  Fast food addiction The Junk enslavement. International Archives of Integrated Medicine, 2(1), 62-70



I do realize that this can be very controversial because one could argue that Fast food is not addicting to them or others around them. I chose to take this stance because the proof is in the data. The ingredients put in fast food are what keep people coming back over and over again. That’s why some of us continue to say “I need to stop eating out so much”.


As someone who works everyday with university students, I am well aware of the increases in students registering with disability services with diagnosed mental health concerns. This topic comes up regularly in advising sessions, particularly within the last few years. I would be interested in creating an experiment to see if yoga has a positive impact for students who have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD.) I am particularly interested in seeing if a semester GPA increases for students with an existing treatment plan who include yoga as part of the regimen. 

To begin this experiment I would research existing literature. By searching ‘yoga’ and ‘ADHD’ in psychINFO, I was able to find significant research has been conducted on this topic. The first five included the following: 

Ahuja, N. N. (2021). Yoga as a complementary therapy for ADHD. In R. T. Gopalan (Ed.),  New developments in diagnosing, assessing, and treating ADHD. (pp. 305–317). Medical Information Science Reference/IGI Global. 

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