Naturalistic Observation Exercise
Find a park, sports complex, mall, Walmart, or alternative site where there are a lot of people- try to be inconspicuous (don’t stick out). Take a blank notebook and start randomly writing down thoughts that come to your mind as you observe people’s behavior. Spend 30-60 minutes observing and noting your thoughts then answer the following:
Try to turn some of your thoughts into a theory (an explanation of some of the behaviors that you observed). List at least 2 theories that you came up with.
Try to take your 2 theories and turn them into hypotheses (testable explanations).
How would you operationally define your variables for your hypotheses? For example, the hypothesis that happy people eat more ice cream. How would you define happy in a way that it could be measured?
Answer the following questions for submission:
Did you enjoy observing peoples’ behavior for this assignment? Why or why not?
To the best of your knowledge were people aware of you watching their behavior?
If they were aware of you watching them did that affect their behavior? If so how did it affect their behavior?
If people were not aware of you watching their behavior, how were you able to remain inconspicuous?
Do you feel that it is important to conduct these types of observations for Psychological research? Why or why not?
One you have answered your questions, save your answers as a Word document and submit your paper through the Homework Assignments link in Blackboard. Make sure you attach your file and click submit, or I will not be able to view your file and you will not receive points for your assignment.