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Chapter 1 Notes

by: Brittany Ariana Borzillo

Chapter 1 Notes PSYC3980

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Date Created: 09/07/16
Psychology Is a Way of Thinking Terms Empiricist: a person who bases their conclusions on systematic observations Research Producer: someone who performs experiments to contribute to the pool of known information about any given psychological phenomena Research Consumer: someone who utilizes data from performed and published experiments to use in their work, hobbies, relationships, or personal growth Evidence-Based Treatments: therapies that are supported by research Theory: a set of statements that describes general principles about how variables relate to one another Hypothesis: a way of stating that the specific outcome the researcher expects to observe if the theory is accurate Data: a set of observations Research Producers and Consumers  Benefits of a Good Consumer o Being knowledgeable enough to understand when research that’s been presented is accurate and has been conducted in a valid and reliable way How Scientists Approach their Work  Empiricists o Using evidence from the senses or from instruments that assist the senses as the basis for conclusions o Goal is to be systematic, rigorous, and to make their work independently verifiable  Theory-Data Cycle o Scientists collect data to test, change, or update their theories o Theory leads researchers to pose particular research questions which lead to an appropriate research decision, and in the context of the decision, researchers formulate hypotheses; researchers then collect data which feeds back into the cycle by supporting the original theory or leading to revision of the theory or experimental design. o Features of Good Theories  Supported by data  Are proved falsifiable  Must lead to a hypothesis that when tested could fail to support the theory  Parsimony  All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best  There’s no need to make a theory more complex unless it fails to explain the data o Theories Don’t Prove Anything  Some data may be supportive of or consistent with a theory but no single finding can prove a theory  Applies and Basic Problems o Applied Research  Done with a particular problem in mind which the researchers hope their findings will be directly applied to a solution of o Basic Research  Not intended to address specific or practical problems  Contribute to the general body of knowledge o Translational Research 2  The use of lessons from basic research to develop and test applications to forms of treatment and intervention  Takes basic research to the level of applied research  Works both ways  The Publication Process o Informing the scientific world about results from research is done via publication in a scientific journal o Articles in scientific journals are peer-reviewed  Can comment on how interesting, how applicable, the quality of the methods, how clear, etc. the research is  Journal to Journalism o Journalism  Scientific studies that make it to the general population are via journalism  Benefits and Risks  Important o A lot of stories are chosen for being eye-catching as opposed to important  Accurate o Even when journalists report on reliable, important research, they don’t always provide the correct information o Sometimes details are dumbed down to make them more accessible and become incorrect information o Sometimes inaccurate information blossoms into a company of some sort and wrong information is exposed through said company all of the time 3 4


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