If I were to do my research again I think I would look deeper into the cultural influences and considerations that determine whether an abused child would be classified as a reliable eyewitness. I think this would be extremely interesting to look into as different cultures may classify and view abuse differently. While a more in-depth analysis of this factor may have provided additional perspectives and insight, I don’t think it would have impacted my conclusion. I believe an area of research that significantly strengthened my argument, was my research into the biological explanation, I believe with that I was able to provide clear empirical evidence that supported my claim, that was hard to refute. While researching many questions emerged that I wasn’t expecting for example; is it the abuse itself that causes a child’s deficits or is the situation and factors surrounding the abuse that plays the most crucial influence? This question was hard to address as many papers argues for different ideas, however, when looking at the research holistically it is clear to see that because of the complexity of a child’s cognition it would be far too reductionistic to solely blame one factor.
My research has been successful so far as I have been able to establish two clear arguments, of which , I have drawn upon different aspects, enabling me to reach a nuanced conclusion. However, my EE has significantly more studies in support of one argument. This could be because of a slight personal bias, combined with the fact that there is substantially more research available. I will address this, keeping in mind that the studies I use are reliable and appropriate for my research question. I’ve learned a substantial amount about the field of psychology, in particular, that of child cognitive psychology, but also about what constitutes a reliable experiment. My EE has helped me considerably in being able to develop my ability to critical analysis research. These skills have helped build my understanding of psychology as has enabled me to think deeper about what particular studies conclude and the strength and reliability behind that conclusion.