: I am working on a research pertaining to the comparison between hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming techniques that affects the performance of employees. So this is concerned with brain activity and stress level among employees. Now I have prepared two questionnaires (1 for hypnosis, and 1 for neuro-linguistic programming) to collect the data from 2 different groups. I used few standardized questionnaires for this. I hope that is not a problem. Regardless, my guide is asking me if I will measure the brain activity and variables such as blood pressure etc. or not. If yes, then how am I supposed to do that. I am confused here, as this is physical examination, and for this I don’t think I can use a questionnaire. So what exactly should I do? Take up questionnaires as well and separately do a physical examination? That will be too much of work. Kindly suggest me the best way with which I can do the data collection part.
I think you can use both the approaches as most of the researchers use questionnaire method; and so a scientific measurement will increase the value of your study and provide more novelty. See, with rigorous research, and good data analysis, the quality of the work accelerates exponentially and here, I am in favor of your guide. I believe you should go for both these things. When distributing the questionnaire, you can do the physical experiment. If you think that this is a lot of work then why don’t you reduce your sample size? (if you have taken a larger one)
My sample size is 100, 50 each belonging to the two groups. The sample size is small only, and I don’t think it is feasible to reduce it further. I am supposed to do a questionnaire distribution before subjecting the groups to these techniques (hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming), and then after 6 months of implementation of these methods, I will again distribute the questionnaires to see the difference. I can then compare the results, i.e., changes in before and after the experiment, and changes within the techniques applied. Doing scientific measurement is adding it to the study I suppose, but I am working alone in this, with just minimum support from guide, so I don’t think how I can do measurements concerned with brain activity. And also, for that I will have to take consent from the participants.
I would suggest you to talk to the guide and explain you concern with him, as ultimately you would need a ‘go’ from his side. I will also suggest you to convince him for questionnaire approach alone as you are not comfortable with the added work. I have seen my friends struggling with their work when the work scope is too much. And also if you are unable to do it effectively or be clumsy then your results will be affected, which will result in bad scores or rejection.
You please speak to your guide for this.
Yes, I agree with the answer posted before on this thread, you will inevitably have to convince your guide to agree with the methodology you have chosen for your research study. In order to broaden the scope of your study so as to include a physical examination, you will need a considerable budget and time frame, not to mention access to the instruments required for conducting physical exams. Try explaining this to your instructor, in all probability he will realise the impossibility of the task that he has outlined for you and will allow you to proceed with the questionnaire approach only.