Senior Project Advisor
Psychology, Research, Research Impacts, Feminist Methodology
This paper focuses on how research impacts the people who are conducting the research. There is literature surrounding how a researcher's biases impact their results, but how are researchers impacted personally by the scientific method of collecting data? This paper weaves together Western and feminist scientific methods in order to understand what happens to a researcher when they conduct research.
This study interviewed four research assistants who were part of the Eating and Body Image lab at Western Washington University. Using their responses to questions, an analysis of the impacts of research and subjectivity was conducted. Results showed that participants were all impacted by the research that they conducted. The analysis showed that there is a balance when conducting research between finding a topic that you are passionate about and also having personal experience with that topic in order to gain maximum positive benefits from conducting research.
Stewart, Ayanna, "Inversed Research: A study about how psychology research impacts researchers themselves" (2023). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 668.
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