General Psychology Notes
General Psychology Notes 11762-002
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Date Created: 09/03/15
Psych 1 1762002 John A Updegraff Week One Notes Research Methods Chapter 2 How psychologists ask and answer questions 0 Science of psychology There are four common research methods in psychology 1 Case Study 2 Survey 3 Naturalistic Observation 4 Experiments 0 Why do we use research methods There are two misconceptions about psychology Psychology is only common sense For example the question commonly asked does money buy happiness surveys have shown that the answer is generally no Common sense best describes behavior rather than predicting it It is also vague and contradictory Intuition is all you need to understand behavior this perspective is bad at understanding physical objects and humans are way more complex than this perspective 0 Psychology is a science Psychologists observe behavior and use the scientific behavior Psychologists always develop a theory that can be inspired by either common sense or intuition Psychologists form hypotheses and test them by observation and then either reject or advise the hypotheses based on observation If the observations don t agree with the psychologist s predictions the theory needs more work 0 A psychologist asks 1 What do you mean which means there are actually two additional questions What is your hypothesis How do you measure your variables 2 How do you know it which means there are actually two additional questions What research method do you use case study survey observation experimentation How do you interpret the data 0 Definitions Operational Definition statement of procedures that you will use to define your research variables Falsifiable possibility that a hypotheses can be shown false by an observation or experiment
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