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Psychology 3980 lecture notes, 9/27-9/29

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These notes cover lecture and reading on chapter 6 of the textbook.
Research Methods in Psychology
Trina Cyterski
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Date Created: 10/02/16
Chapter 6: Surveys Goal of Research in Psychology:  Description- Frequency  Prediction- Association  Explanation- casual Frequency claims validities:  Construct validity is achieved through survey  External validity is achieved through sampling Surveys/ Questionnaires:  Carefully prepared questions improve the construct validity of a poll/ survey  Question wording can change the results of a survey o Open-ended question= difficult to score and require a coding system o Forced choice= Multiple choices (A, B, C or D) o Rating scale= Likert scale  “Strong agree” to “strongly disagree” options o Likert like scale o 1-5 options Issues that compromise Construct Validity:  Leading questions o Have different meanings and solicit different responses because of the wording o Use of words people don’t understand o Use of acronyms o Wording of question o Question present unbalance  Double-barreled question o Asking 2 questions in one  Loaded questions  Double Negatives o Using too many negatives will confuse the participant Things that affects Survey  Question order  Response set- having a sequence of questions that have same answer will lead to start answer all the questions the same without carefully reading the questions. o Acquiescence= when respondent agrees/disagrees with everything  Reverse worded items are used to identify/ eliminate this. o Fence-sitting=respondent stay neutral for every question  Using a ranking system with an even number of options forces respondents to lean one way or another  Socially desirable responding o Responding in a way that reviewer would approve of. o Respondents are told their answers will be kept anonyms to less this issue but anonymity is not a perfect solution. o Self reporting surveys can be an issues because memory is not always accurate and people sometimes formulate answers with no reasoning. Observational Research  Observer Bias o Sometimes we see what we want to see  Observer effect o Presents of observer can change the behavior of those being observe o Target reactivity Preventing bias:  Codebook o Clear rating scale used by researchers to make reliable judgments about observations with less bias  Masked design (blind study) o Observer is unaware of the condition the participates have been assigned and unaware about what the study is about.  Unobtrusive observation o Researcher makes themselves less noticeable to avoid observer effect o Research can also spend time with participants until they get use to their presence before recording observations o


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