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Evaluating Research Findings - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
These lessons demonstrate how to analyze the findings from your psychology research. Instructors explain the methods of deriving meaning from the research results and discuss the factors that can affect outcomes. You'll learn how to interpret various research outcomes.
This chapter's lessons include discussion on how to derive conclusions based on the study's internal validity and the limits of generalization in a research study. You'll learn about determining the meaning of non-significant outcomes and what can cause them.
These concise video lessons use real-world examples to make their points understandable, and the multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each lesson allow you to test your knowledge. By the conclusion of the lessons in this chapter, you should have an understanding of the following topics:
- Making conclusions based on internal validity
- Limits of generalizations in a research study
- Interpreting non-significant outcomes
- Causes of non-significant outcomes
|Drawing Conclusions Based on Internal Validity||Describe how to make valid conclusions based on an experiment's internal validity.|
|Limits to Generalization of a Research Study||Explain how to understand the limits to generalizing results from a single study.|
|Interpreting a Non-Significant Outcome||Explain how to interpret the causes of a non-significant outcomes and what they mean.|
1. Drawing Conclusions Based on Internal Validity
When a researcher gets the results of their study back, how do they know that the independent variable caused the results? In this lesson, we'll look at how internal validity shapes the way researchers draw conclusions about their research.
2. Limits to Generalization of a Research Study
What happens if a research study confirms the researcher's hypothesis? In this lesson, we'll look at the limits of generalizing from a single research study, including the importance of representativeness and replicability.
3. Interpreting a Non-Significant Outcome
Research can take a lot of time for the person conducting it. So what happens when the statistics show that the results are not significant? In this lesson, we'll look at what a non-significant outcome means and what it doesn't mean.
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Other chapters within the Psychology 105: Research Methods in Psychology course
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Principles of Ethical Research
- Setting Up the Research Study
- Data Collection Techniques in Psychology
- Nonexperimental Research
- Qualitative Research Methods and Design
- Quasi-Experimental Research
- Sampling and Generalization
- Measurement in Research
- Internal Validity in Research
- External Validity
- Experimental Design
- Descriptive Statistics in Psychology
- Inferential Statistics in Psychology
- Studying for Psychology 105