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Psyc 305, week 6 notes

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Chapter 6 notes.
Research Methods
Keith Millis
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Psychology, research methods
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Date Created: 02/28/16
Chapter 6 Observational methods  Quantitative approach: includes larger samples not observed as closely. Example:  observing people at the mall.  Qualitative approach: smaller samples observed closely. Example: case studies,  interviewing family members for a paper.   Naturalistic observation: also called field work or field observation; making  observations in a particular natural setting. This could happen at schools, workplaces,  bars, etc.  Researchers are expected to describe the settings, events, and people they are observing.  They also must analyze their data.  Problems with naturalistic observation: o Participation and concealment:   Researchers need to decide whether or not to act like a participant, and  whether or not to disclose all information.   Observers must act like outsiders in a naturalistic observation.   Seeing familiar faces can mess with the data.   If people know they are being observed they are influenced and act  differently.   Sometimes participants forget they are being observed. Ex: reality stars  forgetting cameras are in their house and revealing personal information.  This can cause ethical concerns.  Problems with naturalistic observation o Not always convenient. Ex: there may not be many people in a store to observe.  o Doesn’t always explain an event in a way the researcher wants it to.   Systematic Observation: observing specific behaviors in one place. Ex: watching  children play together on the playground.   Coding system: used to measure behaviors.  o Resident independent behavior: doing something independently. Ex: grooming,  sleeping.  o Resident dependent behavior: asking for help on a task. o Staff independence­supporting behavior: reward for being independent. Ex:  good grade for writing an essay by yourself, rather than copying off a classmate.  o Staff dependency­supportive behavior: helping or encouraging other to seek  help. Ex: encouraging a depressed person to seek counseling.  o Other unrelated behaviors.   Methodological issues:  o Equipment: some methods still use a human observer, but most studies involve a  camera.  o Reactivity: knowing the experimenter is there can contribute to altered pattern of  behavior. o Reliability: used to see if study results are stable.  o Sampling: data taken longitudinally are usually more accurate than short­data.  Case study: research using a few particular individuals. Ex: interviewing family  members about their attitudes toward relationships.  o Also referred to as a naturalistic observation o Psychobiography: using psych to explain a person’s life. Ex: a famous historical  psychologist having a specific way of practicing therapy because of the way they  were raised.  o Case studies sometime use phone interviews rather than direct observation.   Archival research: using existing data rather than collecting new data. Ex: analyzing  public records or information already in a computer system.  o Analyzes statistical records, surveys, and written documents. Ex: using public  records to examine changes in rates of cohabitation (unmarried couples living  together).  Survey archives: data from surveys stored online for people to use.   Written and Mass Communication Records: diaries letters and others showing  researchers past behaviors.   Content analysis of documents: analysis of existing documents. Requires using coding  systems. Ex: using this to address marriage licenses.  o Problems: these records may be difficult to get ahold of, and the information may  not be accurate.  


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