There are a variety of different methods that people use to identify themselves, and a variety of different aspects regarding the self that individuals see as vital parts of their personality and their core self. Of these many different areas of identification is the question of nationality. The question is not whether or not nationality works to affect how a person identifies with a given group or part of their personality, but rather how much the individual’s nationality works to affect their identification with their sense of self, and whether or not the inclusion of a patriotic image in pictorial representation serves to increase those feelings.
In order to work to determine the degree to which people identify with their nationality, the researchers for this project have gotten together to design an experiment. For the purposes of answering this research question, a primary research experiment has been created. The experiment will consist of two groups, a test group and a control group. The stimulus for the purposes of this experiment will be a drawing activity, in which individuals will be asked to draw a picture of what their nationality is; following the completion of this image, the individuals will then participate in a survey in order to determine their responses. The images that the experimental group will be asked to draw will be patriotic in nature.
The control group will complete no such picture prior to taking the survey and will simply be asked the questions and then will be allowed to leave. This will allow the researchers to determine how much of a role nationality plays and whether or not the individuals will provide answers that are more patriotic following the completion of the image than those in the control group.
In order to locate individuals who are willing to participate in this experimental study, the researchers will divide up into two groups, going to two different portions of the campus and requesting individuals take part in a small survey to determine whether or not they are willing to engage in the actual experiment; those who agree will be contacted at the time the stimulus will be administered, while those who decline will take the initial survey to determine relevancy within the experiment and whether or not they wish to participate and will not be contacted at any additional point and time after that.
The target survey population is a total of thirty students, with fifteen students in each group; however, if an equal number of participants may be found for both the experimental and control group, the sample size may be expanded, due to the fact that the greater the sample size, the more accurate the results of the experiment will be, due to the larger population. No individual will be excluded from the study on the basis of race, creed, nationality, sexuality, or orientation.
It is hoped that through analysis of the images and analysis of the survey results at the close of the experiment, that it will be possible to determine the degree to which people identify with their nationality, and what effect, if any, this has on the responses that they provide on the survey following its successful completion. It is hypothesized that the individuals who will be required to draw the patriotic image will provide answers to the survey that are more patriotic than those within the control group. It is further hypothesized that the duration of time that the individual has lived within the country, and their own personal nationality, will have an effect on the degree of patriotism offered when answering the questions.