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Expectations in Unfamiliar Territory

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The Trackball Experiment

For our INFO 470 - Research Methods class, we devised a simple experiment to determine whether positive or negative reinforcement towards an unfamiliar device (in our case, a trackball; we filtered our participants into Informatics students who were unfamiliar with using a trackball) would effect one's performance on a test of precision using said device and their perception of their own ability to use said device.

We found a very marginal (insignifcant) correlation between positive reinforcement and our participant's performance on our test, but our sample size was rather small (20 participants) and selected by convenience, so I suspect that such a trend was a matter of chance.

For further information on our methodology and conclusions, you can watch the video I produced on this very topic:

Researchers Tyler Bauer
Joel Elizaga
Kevin Ke
Adam Sebetich
Heng Yon
 
Click Test Developer Tyler Bauer