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DO NOW. Get out paper to take notes on your first project on Naturalistic Observation. Naturalistic Observation. AP Psychology Ms. Desgrosellier 5.17.2010. Naturalistic Observation.

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Do now

  • Get out paper to take notes on your first project on Naturalistic Observation.

Naturalistic observation

Naturalistic Observation

AP Psychology Ms. Desgrosellier


Naturalistic observation1
Naturalistic Observation

  • observing and recording behavior in naturally occurring situations without trying to manipulate and control the situation.

Your project
Your Project

  • Who shows anger more, males or females?

  • Who shows happiness more, males or females?

Your sample
Your Sample

  • High school students (14 – 18 years old) at Uplift Community High School during their lunch period.

  • Systematic sampling: choose a number and observe every nth person you see.

Your sample1
Your Sample

  • You must observe at least 50 people.

You need to
You need to:

  • Choose a group (no more than 4 people). I suggest picking people with the same lunch period as you.

  • Decide which people you will be observing (e.g. every 3rd person, every 8th person, etc.)

You need to1
You need to:

  • Create a hypothesis about what you think you will see during your observations.

You need to2
You need to:

  • Create operation definitions for “anger” and “happiness”.

  • These need to be SPECIFIC and OBSERVABLE.

  • So, “mad” or “joyful” won’t cut it.

Operational definitions
Operational Definitions

  • Right now, create your personal operational definitions for “anger” and “happiness” INDEPENDENTLY.

  • Now, share out with your group.

  • As a group, create your operational definitions that you will observe.

Collecting your data
Collecting your data:

  • On paper, simply note the gender of the person you are observing.

  • Watch them for one minute. Then note if they show ‘anger’ or ‘happiness’.


  • Watch the following clip and decide whether you see anger or happiness BASED ON YOUR OPERATIONAL DEFINITIONS!

Operational definitions1
Operational Definitions

  • Decide whether you need to change anything in your definitions after trying them out with a video.

  • Share out your definitions with the group.

  • Edit again if necessary.

Final product
Final Product

  • APA-style paper

  • Any data you collect



  • MONDAY: Go over expectations

  • TUESDAY: Collect data and go over paper outline.

  • WEDNESDAY: Talk about results so far and start working on paper.


  • THURSDAY: analyze data and work on paper.

  • FRIDAY: finalize paper.