Mythbusters First Impression

--Original published at Caroline's Blog

The Mythbusters mini-episode, “Do Hands Free Devices Improve Driving Safety?”, uses many methods of experimental design in a successful way. Having many different tests in the beginning part of the experiment when developing a hypothesis was very smart because it allowed them to build up and gather ideas to create an experiment. At first it did not seem as if it would be a good experiment due to the lack of participants. This changed when the two men brought in 30 more volunteers. Unfortunately, there was still a lack of control in the experiment. In the beginning, the two men tested the experiment using real cars on a course in the real world with hands held devices. Then the volunteers were in a simulation where they were guided and distracted by hands free devices. To make this experiment more successful, there could have possibly been more volunteers on the real-life course, although this could have been a potential safety risk. They were successfully able to come to a conclusion that hands-free devices are not safer than handheld devices after following the steps of experimental design well. However, their lack of participation across both the real-life driving and the simulation driving put them at a disadvantage. Their results were most likely affected by this which could make their conclusion incorrect. To improve the results for this experiment to get a more precise and accurate conclusion, the two men could acquire more participants for their experiment in hopes of creating a stronger argument and conclusion. Overall, the men did well with following the processes of experimental design.

All About Me

--Original published at Caroline's Blog

Hi everyone! My name is Caroline Hill,  I am a sophomore Occupational Therapy major and Spanish minor, and I am also a member of the swim team. I chose to take this class because I am required to take it for my major along with neuroscience. My high school did not offer any psychology classes so this is my first time ever taking a psychology class. When I think of the word psychology, I think about the mind and how the mind works and processes information, emotions, etc.  The three topics that look the most interesting to me on the syllabus are Cognitive Development, How to Improve Memory, and Mood Disorders and Anxiety. I think that these three sections can help me with my major and understanding the minds/developing the profiles of some of the people I could be working with. I am the least interested in learning about the Scientific Method, Critiquing Experimental Design, and Theories of Intelligence, because, although it will be a great refresher,  I have talked about the scientific method and experimental design a good amount in other classes and theories of intelligence does not sound like something I will enjoy learning about. Since I do not have any experience with psychology, I do not have any specific questions that I want answered by the end of this class, however I want to understand the main concepts of psychology and the importance of psychology.