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Descriptive Research

by: Myrissa Webb

Descriptive Research PSYC 2010 - 001

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Lecture on 8/26/16
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Jennifer Daniels
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Date Created: 08/26/16
Descriptive Research  Case Study  Survey  Naturalistic Observation 1 Case Study  A technique in which one person or small group is studied in depth to reveal underlying behavioral principles  Pro: longitudinal; Get to know the people  Con: Time and Financially consuming; not generalizable to the whole population 2 Survey  A technique for ascertaining the self-reported attitudes, opinions or behaviors of people usually done by questioning a representative random sample of people  Self-reported: People are not always honest  Representative: Represents population as a whole  Random Selection: Cannot use the first 100.  Pro: Not time and financially consuming; Higher response rate; generalizable to the population  Con: People are not always honest; wording affects Wording can change the result of a survey 1 "Should cigarette and pornography be allowed on TV?" -Most people would say of course not 2 "Should cigarette and pornography be banned from TV?" -Most people would say of course not, free will 1 Naturalistic Observation  Observing and recording behavior in naturally occurring situations without trying to manipulate and control the situations  Pro: They are in their natural environment  Con: They know they are being watched Correlation  When one trait or behavior accompanies another, we say the two correlate  Class attendance and grades = Positive Correlation As class attendance goes up grades go up  Alcohol consumption and GPA = Negative Correlation As alcohol consumption goes up, GPA goes down Scatterplots  It is a graph comprised of points that are generated by values of a variable. The slope of the points depicts the direction, while the amount of scatter depicts the strength of the relationship   Correlation does not mean Causation!!


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