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Naturalistic Observation Exercise

Naturalistic Observation Exercise

One of the best ways to learn about observation research is to conduct some. This exercise is not meant for publication of data and will not be developed into a full study. So, you can fully participate in this exercise as a true researcher might.

Find a crowded area where there are people for at least fifteen minutes (e.g., mall, restaurant, baseball game, or waiting room). Create a research question and hypothesis that has to do with people’s behaviors in this environment. Identify what specific behaviors you want to collect data on to test your hypothesis.

Collect 15 minutes of data.

In 1–2 pages, present:

  1. Your Research Question
  2. Your Hypothesis
  3. 15 minutes of collected data
  4. A summary of how you interpret the data and if it confirms or disconfirms your hypothesis






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To perform the naturalistic observation, I took time off and went to Cornell University’s food court at the student centre. I wanted to observe a group of people so as to get the answers for the targeted behavior.  This was on 23 January 2015 at around 4.16 pm. I observed 23 people for 15 minutes. There were 8 females and 15 males present at that time. I took time to watch them without intruding as they socialized, ate, and also passed through the food court.   However, I paid much attention to one behavior: how…


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