PSY3211 – Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology
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The the general research question is indeed broad. The student can gain friends in different ways and this can be tested by comparing the control and experimental groups when exposed to certain factors such as common interests and extra curricular activities.
In this case we can take the extra curricular activities as the independent variable. The first dependent variable can next be the number of friends made during college and the second dependent variable can be the average time spent with one’s friends on a weekly basis.
An extraneous variable in this case can be personality characteristics of the participants, particularly whether they are extroverts or introverts. Extroverts are much more likely to have a bigger social social circle than introverts.