You will be doing secondary analysis of one aspect of the open data from the Schroeder and Epley (2015) paper provided on NILE. The research problem is stated thus:

Imagine you were a job candidate trying to pitch your skills to a potential employer. Would you be more likely to get the job after giving a short speech describing your skills, or after writing a short speech and having a potential employer read those words? That was the question raised by Schroeder and Epley (2015). The authors predicted that a person’s speech (i.e., vocal tone, cadence, and pitch) communicates information about their intellect better than their written words (even if they are the same words as in the speech).

To examine this possibility, the authors randomly assigned 39 professional recruiters for Fortune 500 companies to one of two conditions. In the audio condition, participants listened to audio recordings of a job candidate’s spoken job pitch. In the transcript condition, participants read a transcription of the job candidate’s pitch. After hearing or reading the pitch, the participants rated the job candidates on three dimensions: intelligence, competence, and thoughtfulness. These ratings were then averaged to create a single measure of the job candidate’s intellect, with higher scores indicating the recruiters rated the candidates as higher in intellect.

You must develop a hypothesis to test whether recruiters differed in their judgement of the intellect of the candidates based on the format of their presentation (written or verbal), run the analysis and produce a 1,500-word report in the usual format. Your literature review must include at least one reference from after the publication of the original paper (2015). Notes will be posted on NILE to provide some advice on producing the methodology section. The results and discussion sections will be as usual. You must include a copy of your SPSS output in an appendix so that your marker can see how you arrived at your analysis.

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