Using The Power Balance To Improve Students ' Research Design Skills
Lawson, T., Blackhart, G., & Gialospos, B. (2016). Using the power balance wristband to improve students’ research-design skills. Teaching of Psychology, 43(4), 318-322.
This study involved using a power balance wristband (PBW) in an exercise that was meant to enhance students’ abilities to design research studies. The goal of this study was to prove that this exercise (which acts as the independent variable) does, in fact, enhance students’ research-design ability (the dependent variable). The authors of this study provided a theory in relation to their experiment, theorizing that the effects of incorporating the teaching of pseudoscience in research methods courses would enhance students’ research design skills. They discussed the benefits of using inherently interesting topics such as pseudoscience to teach research-methods, explaining that that was why they chose to use the PBW. This theory links pseudoscience with students’ improved research design skills, but does not directly link the use of the PBW, which is merely an example of pseudoscience. The inclusion of a more direct theory would have been beneficial to this study because it would provide a clearer understanding of the experiment. The lack of a direct theory may cause the reader to hesitate in locating the dependent variable (defined as research-design skills) and the independent variable (defined as the PBW exercise). Not only is the theory presented indirect, but the hypothesis of…