Final Presentation, Paper, and Poster Preparation

Natania A -

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! I am excited to announce that I have started working on my final presentation, and for my final product, I will be preparing a poster and writing up a final paper. As this project was originally inspired by my Linguistics capstone, I had already completed the premise of the senior project presentation way back in February for my Linguistic final. For my Linguistics final presentation, I went through my project proposal in detail in the format of a slideshow, walking my audience through my statement of purpose, the background research, my methodology, including the ethics of obtaining consent and maintaining patient privacy, and the details and components of the language assessment. As the foundation for the final presentation is already done, I will be working on finalizing my data, drawing conclusions, making visual representations of the results, and discussing my findings, to add to the final layer of the presentation. Similarly, the foundations of my final paper have already been completed, as the abstract, background research, and methodology have been clearly stated in my proposal. To make my paper complete, like the presentation, I will simply need to add my final data, conclusions, and a discussion of my results. 

For the poster, I am planning on making and printing out a PowerPoint slide, formatted with 3 columns with 2 rows each, with my statement of purpose and background information in the first column, my methodology and graphical representations of my data in the second column, and my conclusion and discussion of my results in the last column. However, as I have not started the poster yet, this plan may change as I go along. 

For the statistical analysis portion of my project, which I mentioned in my previous blog post, I spoke with Dr. Carpenter about the best way to analyze my data. He suggested using a paired T-test, which consists of calculating the mean of my data sets and comparing them to each other to conclude whether or not the difference between them is statistically significant. After collecting the rest of my data, I will be inputting my results, divided into groups based on music or no music and neurological or psychiatric disorder, into another Excel spreadsheet, which will automatically conduct a paired T-test for me. From here, I will be able to conclude whether music had an impact on the sample as a whole and whether music had an impact on residents with neurological disorders versus psychiatric disorders. 

During my time at the facilities, I have continued meeting residents for their second session and have had a couple residents perform similarly with and without the music. I am looking forward to analyzing my data to determine whether there is a statistical difference between the groups, even with a few of these participants being outliers. 

Stay tuned to hear about my final results in the coming weeks!

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    Brittany Holtzman
    Hi Natania! I'm so glad Dr. Carpenter was able to help you out with your statistical analysis! I can't wait to read the final paper and see your poster board! You've worked so hard on this project already, and I know the results are going to be impressive! No pressure. :) -Mrs. Holtzman
    Hey Natania - It's so exciting that you've entered the culminating stage of your study! Reflecting on the process, were there any specific study modifications that proved to be the most beneficial?

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