Experimentation Critique

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Experimentation Critique: Threatening Emails Impacting Blood PressureElectronic communication has rapidly become a societal norm with the changing of times and advancement of technology. The ability to quickly and efficiently compose and send emails consisting of thoughts, ideas, or concerns clouding one's head at any given time is priceless given that it coincides with today's fast-paced societal culture. Because of its convenience and expediency, many individuals choose to use this ideal form of communication to correspond corrective actions and 'exchange blows' with friends or loved ones. Similarly, the use of electronic communication has also become the chosen form of contact within the workplace. Unfortunately, not all electronic communication is of a positive nature. Questions of appropriateness regarding the selection of electronic communication (e-mail) for all means of interaction are constantly raised and similarly the effectiveness of disparaging e-mails has remained in suspect.

The experiment in focus within this paper was completed as a means of measuring the level of blood pressure changes among receivers when in receipt of e-mails from interdepartmental staffers or senior level staff members.

Two independent variables presented themselves through this experiment as well as an equal number of dependent variables. Along with the independent and dependent variables, the type of sampling employed, the reliability, and validity of the study will be examined within this essay.

Independent Variable(s) Used in the StudyThe independent variable is "the variable manipulated by the researcher, thereby causing an effect or change on the dependent variable" (Cooper & Schindler, 2006, p. 711). Within this experiment, two independent variables exist. The first variable is the individual seniority of the e-mail sender (Taylor, Fieldman, & Lahlou, 2005). E-mails rooting from a senior level faculty member were administered to the first half of the participants while the other half received messages from a coworker or member...