National Research Project – Data File is Available

Chapters that provided data from at least 30 participants have access to the national study data base. Data collection was very successful – 741 cases! Chapter advisors should contact to request the SPSS file derived from the data.

Psi Beta National Research Project – Participation Registration Deadline Reached Nov. 18

Psi Beta’s National Council is pleased to have 20 Psi Beta chapters participate in an exciting new research study. Chapters will have the opportunity to conduct a great research project that involves participation in a national study. Chapters can then present their portion of the study at local, regional, and/or national conferences.

1. Variables – The study will measure the following variables: cell phone use (reasons, ways, and extent of use), the Big Five Personality Inventory, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the Cell Phone Addiction Scale, the Leisure / Boredom Scale, and a limited number of demographic items. References for the scales are available in the psychological literature. Reading about the scales will help student researchers formulate additional hypotheses regarding psychological factors associated with cell phone use.

2. Primary Hypothesis – There is a positive correlation between leisure/boredom and degree of cell phone use.

3. Target Population – The target population is community college students who are 18 years and older.

4. IRB Safeguards – The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Irvine Valley College has approved this study. The study meets the APA’s research ethics guidelines for proper and safe treatment of human participants.

5. Informed Consent – A consent form is presented at the beginning of the online questionnaire designed for this study’s data collection.

6. Data Uses – Student researchers at local Psi Beta chapters can analyze their data to determine the extent to which participants use cell phones and some of the personality factors that relate to cell phone use. Chapters can prepare their findings and present them at regional and local conferences. Having done a high quality research project will help chapters qualify for Psi Beta’s “Chapter Excellence” recognition award.

7. Project Due Dates –a. Notify Psi Beta of your chapter’s interest in participating – by November 28, 2011. The chapter advisor must notify Executive Director Jerry Rudmann ( Submit data via the online survey – between November 30, 2011 and February 28, 2012.c. Request data files from Executive Director ( any time after March 10, 2012.


8. Research Consultants – We are very grateful for the following individuals who have agreed to serve as research consultants for this study: Bernardo J. Carducci, Ph.D., Shyness Research Institute, Indiana University Southeast; Dr. Katherine Wickes, Psi Beta’s Southwestern Regional Vice-President and professor of psychology at Binn College (TX); Michael Cassens and Dr. Kari Tucker, Psi Beta advisors and professors of psychology at Irvine Valley College (CA); Liana Gheorma, chair of the Irvine Valley College student research committee and the members of Ms. Gheorma’s research committee.


Further Details for Chapter Participation.

a. Request to Participate – The chapter’s primary advisor should email Psi Beta’s Executive Director ( and request to participate by November 28, 2011. Note: this deadline is FIRM!

b. Download Materials – Download and print the following documents.A) Scripts –

c) Data Gathering Procedure – Chapter researchers can bring participants to an on-campus computer lab or a room equipped with a laptop or desktop computer and have participants themselves enter their responses directly into the online questionnaire. The online questionnaire begins with an informed consent form. If the participant fails to click on the option verifying his or her agreement to the informed consent, any data the participant enters will be deleted from the final database. NOTE: It is essential that participants enter their responses in a proctored environment! Please DO NOT send the link to participants to complete at home or elsewhere, doing so will compromise the quality of the data-gathering process.

d. Search the Literature- Using Leung’s (2007)* paper as a “seed” article, search for more recent journal articles on cell phone / mobile phone / smart phone use, personality characteristics, and Internet and other types of addiction. Look also for recent articles on the Big Five personality inventory, the Leisure/Boredom scale, and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. The literature search will serve to familiarize student researchers with the current state of knowledge on this topic. *Leung, L. (2007). Leisure, boredom, sensation seeking, self-esteem, addiction symptoms and patterns of mobile phone use. Manuscript submitted to the International Association (ICA) Conference.

Preliminary Reference List – to get you started!


e. Gather and Submit Data – You should sample from the population of students who are 18 and over at your college. Your sample size should be at least 30, but a larger sample size will help ensure a more representative sample especially when randomly sampling is not practical. Submit your data via the online data within the span of November 30, 2011 and February 28th, 2012.

f. CLICK HERE to go to the online data submission form. (NOTE: this link has been disabled. The data sumission period has ended.)


g. Request National Data File- After March 10th, 2012, the chapter’s primary advisor should contact the Psi Beta Executive Director at to request a copy of the national data file (Excel and SPSS). Only participating chapters will be eligible to receive the data files.


h. Analyze the Data– Local chapters must conduct their own data analysis. Analyze your data using procedures covered in introductory level statistical courses. Use appropriate descriptive statistics to determine response frequencies, averages, and standard deviations. Basic inferential statistics (e.g., correlations, independent and dependent t-tests, and ANOVA) can be used for testing your hypotheses. Many hypotheses can be explored.


i. Write-Up Your Findings- Prepare a research report for your study. Follow reporting guidelines as described in the textbook used in your college’s research methods course. If the psychology department at your college doesn’t offer a research methods course, obtain a copy of one of the many textbooks written for this course (e.g., Cozby, 2004). Write your report using American Psychological Association (APA) style format (American Psychological Association, 6th edition). Use your research report to prepare a research poster for presentation at a conference poster session. Members can enter their papers into the annual Psi Beta student research paper competition. Your chapter can host its own research mini-conference. Invite a keynote speaker on psychological research (from your own teaching staff or from a nearby university), then have a student poster session, followed by refreshments!).