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help me plss im so lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby barshall » Sun Dec 09, 2007 7:30 am

i don't kmow how to go about this. Does using negative or postive words affect the outcome
(answer) of a question, what should i do ,where should i start from are there any sites that could help me? pla help me
thanks and have a great day.

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Postby staryl13 » Sun Dec 09, 2007 7:52 am

Sounds like an interesting topic. The use of negative and positive words in the question would definitely introduce some bias into the experiment/study. This would involve some knowledge of statistics, so you should try researching key topics such as bias, lurking variables, etc. This link describes a similar project:
Good luck!
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Defining science project on negative words in questions

Postby donnahardy2 » Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:08 am


You have a good start on a project, since you have a question that you need to answer. If this is your science fair project, you will need to state your hypothesis, and then design an experiment that will answer your question. With a question like this, you need to do background research to find out more about your topic. I would suggest researching the following terms to help you with your hypothesis, and give you ideas for designing an experiment.

psychology of negative words
psychology of questions

This could be a very good project. You might want to check out similar types of projects on the science buddies website to give you an idea of how to proceed: ... ?from=Home

I hope this will help you get started to the next step of your project. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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Postby SGelman » Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:32 pm


It sounds like you have great information already given to help you out! Just one more thing to think about in terms of "real life" application: polls [magazines, newspapers, surveys, etc] depend on how questions are worded, so by putting something like "how polls can be biased" into a search engine you might be able to find a specific example of how wording affected a poll. Good luck!


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