You have some great questions! I will do my best to answer them for you...
a11123rd wrote:In my survey at the top I will be asking for their age, gender, hand dominance, and eye dominance; Is that too much?
As a scientist, I feel that you can never collect too much data. You may not use everything you collect, but it's better to have too much than to wish you had collected something else. So I would go ahead and ask for all of those variables, keeping in mind that you may not use them all in your final project.
With regard to eye dominance
, some people may not actually know their eye dominance. You may need to teach them how to figure it out.
a11123rd wrote:What about the title "Do you and I see eye to eye: The effects of variables on how the mind perceives reality." Am I collecting too much for my project by obtaining their eye dominance as well. Also what about the title; would that change. Any suggestions for a word other than variables to use in the title, or any other suggestions?
Your title will most likely be determined by your results. I think that the word "variables" is a little too vague, so you may want to list the variables that you find actually affect people's perception. For example, if you find out that gender and eye dominance have significant effects on the results, then your title would be "Do you and I see eye to eye: The effects of gender and eye dominance on visual perception." I think it is more accurate (and possibly a bit more scientific) to use the term "visual perception
" rather than "how the mind perceives reality." That said, it's your project, so the final version of the title should be something you like!
a11123rd wrote: My question is that when I present the pictures (one at a time for 10 seconds each.) Do I tell them before hand that they are illusions (thus possibly influencing the result) or just tell them to look at the pictures, and write down what they see?
In my opinion, you should not
tell your subjects that they are illusions, because that will very likely influence the results. You are already doing a lot, but you could try giving them 10 seconds without any instructions (except to write down what they see), and then follow up with 10 seconds after informing them that they are looking at an optical illusion. It might be interesting to see whether the information changes their perceptions!
I hope that helps. Please post back as you continue with your project. I'd love to hear how things shape up!