I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this but I have a psychology question. My teacher gave me this assignment: Assignment 1-3 You want to do research on how sugar affects attention in small children. Compare and contrast how this could be studied using the experimental and survey method. Now I'm almost finished with the assignment but I need help coming up with unbiased questions for the survey method to ask random parents so I can determine how sugar affects their child's attention. Any ideas would be appreciated, please and thank you.
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Hello there, @kayemarie18 :) Unbiased questions have to be objective in nature (meaning, we only want facts, not opinion), so you might want to frame your questions like this: "My child has a short attention span; true or false" or "On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being very little and 10 being a great amount, rate your child's sugar intake." Hope this helps!~
Also, I went back and did a little research on biased/unbiased questions, and this user on Yahoo! Answers really explained it well:
"A biased question is one that leads the target audience, or sample, to a conclusion.
An unbiased question does not.
For example, if one was to only ask Bill Gates what his favourite computer was and then say that 100% of people like Microsoft, your question would've been biased.
However, if you asked Joe Blo or random people on the street (not just your friends) then your question would not be biased.
Questions are also biased when they lead one to an answer. For example, "You do like chocolate, right?" We are psychologically driven to say yes because of peer pressure."
---- Ilan K
Well the questions I used were Can you get your child's attention when they have no sugar in their system? Can you keep your child's attention when they have no sugar in their system? Can you get your child's attention when they have sugar in their system? and Can you keep your child's attention when they have sugar in their system? But then I read somewhere yes and no questions are biased but not all of them, so I couldn't figure out if these were biased or not, I don't think they are because I don't feel like I'm leading them to a specific answer, but I'm not sure.