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Research Methods, Week 2 notes

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Research Methods, Week 2 notes Psych 305

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Research Methods
Keith Millis
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Date Created: 01/31/16
Chapter 2 Where to Start  Hypothesis: a statement of whether one variable is correlated with or caused by another.  This is proven or disproven through research studies. Example: studying by self­testing,  increased exam scores.   Prediction: a belief or disbelief of the hypothesis will be proven or disproven from  results of the study. Example: I believe the hypothesis regarding studying and test scores  will be proven.   Predictions are proven by research. Hypotheses are supported, but not proven.   Participants: people who agree to take part in a research study. Other terms include  respondents, subjects, and informants, depending on the type of study.   Where do ideas come from? o Common sense: ideas people believe to be true and assume are universal.  Examples: Do opposites attract? Do birds of a feather flock together? Do actions  speak louder than words? Does everything happen for a reason? o Observation: developing project interests based on life experiences. Example: a  person doing a study of the effects of autism on socialization based on their own  experiences.   Serendipity: ideas discovered by accident or luck. o Theory: possible explanations for different types of behavior.   Theories generate new knowledge for existing research.  Theories also help researchers create new hypotheses.   Theories can be modified as new research comes in.  o Past Research: Used to guide new research studies and write literature reviews.   Library Research Methods o Journals: Places where researchers publish their results. They are reviewed by  scientists and published as legitimate journal sources (peer review).  o Psychological Abstracts: Summaries of research articles published each month,  found through databases. Example: PsychInfo. Search can be done by typing in  subject of interest. Linking two topics with the words AND, OR, or NOT can  narrow or widen results. Most contain links to full text. Ones that don’t can be  requested from other libraries. There are also setting to see only peer­reviewed  articles and most recent articles first. Other databases include Science Citation  Index and Social Sciences Citation Index.  o Literature Reviews: articles summarizing research from other studies.  o Internet (basic Google Search): Though this method often contains results from  any topic, websites must be clearly evaluated for legitimacy.  o Google Scholar: A search engine for scholarly journals. Good for some research,  but many results don’t contain full text articles for free any articles aren’t peer  reviewed or as scholarly as database articles.  o Professional meeting searches: contains articles presented at professional  conferences.  Parts of a research article o Abstract: overview of the topic o Introduction: Stating research topic and hypothesis o Method: states how the hypothesis was tested o Results: the outcome of the hypothesis o Discussion: What the results mean for science and the world.


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