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Week 3 Notes Advanced Research Methods

by: Krista Lindenberg

Week 3 Notes Advanced Research Methods Psy 4003

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Advanced Research Method and Lab for Psychology
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Date Created: 09/12/16
 Scientific Understanding of Behavior o Nothing is ever proven, only supported.  Psychology is the science of mental processes o Perception o Cognition o Emotion o Personality o Behavior  Some of these are easier to measure than others. There are flaws in every method. We need an objective measure.  Psychology is a social science, not soft. o We use the EXACT SAME scientific method, we just study humans. We are trying to find the universal principles among people.  Psychology has not always used the most rigorous methods o Eg. Mesmer: hypnotize o Freud: psychoanalysis o Phrenology: measure intelligence by skull size  However, neither have the physical sciences o Blood letting o Humorism: 4 biles influence personality o Astrology o Alchemy  Basically, we all started with crap and grew from there. Even science needs fertilizer apparently.  The scientific Method o Develop an idea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ask questions o Gather information about the topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Do background research o Form a hypothesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Construct a hypothesis o Choose an appropriate research design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..test hyp by experiment o Conduct a study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . test hypothesis by experiment o Analyze and interpret data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .analyze data and draw conclusion o Report Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .report your results  Characteristics of Scientific Explanation o They are empirical  Based on observation  Different from rationalism o They are rational  Follow rules of logic and consistent with facts o They are testable  Verifiable through observations and can be disproved  Falsifiable o They are Parsimonious  KISS – keep it simple student. Simple explanation. o They are tentative  Difference in confidence and certainty  Nothing is proven.


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