Question Refinement And Methodology

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For research project, I decided to research what the neuropsychological effect of Unilateral Spatial Inattention (USI) has on a person. All of the other ideas for topics I’d thought of were too difficult to do so I decided to ask my teacher and optometrists for help in discovering a topic. I really wanted to do a topic on ‘visual neglect’ because it was among those that was related to psychology, which I am highly interested in. After talking to an optometrist online, I was convinced that the proper term for this particular eye syndrome was ‘USI’. USI is described as a behavioural syndrome in which a patient cannot interpret the left side of objects/ people due to damage to the brain. My outcome was presented as a scientific article because …show more content…
This caused me to improve upon my vocabulary. This also contributed to developing the ‘Literacy’ capability.

Question Refinement and Methodology
To begin forming a question I created a mind map with sub topics such as ‘Individual Effects’, ‘Society’, ‘General Information’, ‘What causes them?’, ‘Social Effects’, and ‘Treatment’. From there, I had developed the question ‘What is the psychological basis of USI?’. I talked to an optometrist online and read through reliable websites and watched a video to determine and confirm whether this is a good research question.
Talking to the optometrist and looking through the websites helped me realize USI’s intricate link to neuropsychology. Further background research on how it affects the brain and the symptoms that may arise in a patient that has USI led me to refining the question to ‘how does USI neuropsychologically affect a person’ rather than just ‘psychologically’. This generated a new interest for me in neuropsychology.

Secondary Sources
A lot of my research consisted of websites and free online books. I was able to improve my ‘Informational and Communications Technology’ capability because I investigated online
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This made it challenging because I would receive a lot of useful information from the book, but then the next page would not be available for the free version. To try and overcome this challenge, I first attempted to find the books in the local library. If I was unable to find them, then I looked for alternative sources online. Finding alternative sources online was a much more effective choice because it was quicker than finding the book which gave me extra time for research.
I discovered that the online books were much more detailed than the online articles. For example articles mentioned that USI can affect a person’s eyesight and hearing on their left side, but in the books, they mentioned that it can also affect whether a person hears closer sounds or further sounds.
The research was also done ethically; I had not performed any experiments but I ensured to properly reference my work. From ethically referencing all sources, I was able to develop an understanding and exploring of ethical

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