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Week of 1-15-2016

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Week of 1-15-2016 Introduction to Psychology

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These notes covered what was discussed in class; the topic is research methods in psychology
Dr. King
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Psychology, research methods, Statistics, Examples




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Date Created: 01/18/16
01/15/2016 Notes for Psychology ­ Correlational studies: correlation or association between two variables. ­  per each person, you have two data points…the best way to illustrate this is  via graph  1. Subjects: frequency flossing/week    age at death/ 2. George      10                                               78 3. Mable        14                                               92 4. John             5                                               69 ­ Scatter plot graph: a nice way to graph correlational data ­ Flossing makes you live longer? – Yes! People who floss tend to follow  healthier habits, thus allowing them to live longer ­ Subject variables: what is it about the kind of people that floss that could  explain the data?  Health consciousness  Income  Education  Ex:  Having a pet contributes to longer life? How? ­ Having a pet administers responsibility ­ People who have pets have lower anxiety Does Flossing help you live longer? ­ Way to prove cause and effect – to prove it: you have to do an experimental  study  Independent variable (something you manipulate) – flossing or not  Dependent variable (something you measure) – longevity  Experimental Group                                                                Control group floss regularly ­ age 81.3 yrs     not floss  age 79.8 yrs ­ To perform this experiment you have to obtain these people and wait to see  what happens during their life span! That’s a long time! ­ Another issue with this, is that people may want to pick their groups, and will  be related to subject variables ­ Randomized selection –  ­ Double blind experiment: when neither experimenter nor subject knows what they’re getting (placebo, other drugs) ­ Anytime you measure human beings or animals, there’s always random chance ­ Inferential statistics ­ 


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