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Ch 4: GACE Behavioral Science: Psychological Research Methods

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We can show you all the important elements of psychological research methods to help you prepare for the GACE Behavioral Science exam. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes add up to multiple approaches that can make it easier to correctly answer the questions on the test.

GACE Behavioral Science: Psychological Research Methods - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons found in this chapter as part of your process of reviewing what you learned in college about psychological research methods in preparation for the GACE Behavioral Science exam. The videos go over all the essential concepts, including:

  • Psychological research tools
  • Experimental and non-experimental research designs
  • Quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches
  • Basic vs. applied research
  • Different purposes of research
  • Unethical and legal behavior in research
  • Research risks
  • Principles of ethical research
  • Institutional review boards
  • Mandated and federal regulations to protect participants

Our experienced instructors present the material in a manner that is clear and concise in preparation for the test. Having several approaches to reviewing the material means your studying is more efficient as well as more pleasant.

11 Lessons in Chapter 4: GACE Behavioral Science: Psychological Research Methods
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Psychological Research Methods: Overview & Considerations

1. Psychological Research Methods: Overview & Considerations

In this lesson, you'll explore the diverse research methods used by psychologists to study the human mind and behaviors. Afterward, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Psychological Research Tools: Observation, Measurement & Experimentation

2. Psychological Research Tools: Observation, Measurement & Experimentation

What are the primary ways a psychologist goes about conducting research? In this lesson, we will look at the three main ways a researcher can go about learning something, as well as some of the more famous psychological research that has used these techniques.

Non-Experimental and Experimental Research: Differences, Advantages & Disadvantages

3. Non-Experimental and Experimental Research: Differences, Advantages & Disadvantages

How is a non-experimental design scientific? We will look at what it means to use experimental and non-experimental designs in the course of psychological research. We will also look at some classic examples of different types of research.

Research Methodologies: Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Method

4. Research Methodologies: Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Method

While there are many ways to conduct an experiment in psychology, there are only so many ways you can describe it. In this lesson, we will discuss the differences, strengths, and weaknesses of the qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.

Basic Research and Applied Research: Definitions and Differences

5. Basic Research and Applied Research: Definitions and Differences

In this lesson, we look at the difference between basic and applied psychological research and discover why there is a separation. Through examples, we'll answer the questions, 'What is the purpose of research if it doesn't apply to the real world?' and 'How are the two interrelated?'

Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory

6. Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory

There is a parallel between how people come to understand something and the process of researching an idea. This lesson explores the purposes of research as well as three approaches to research in psychology: exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory.

Legal and Unethical Behavior in Research

7. Legal and Unethical Behavior in Research

In this lesson, explore some of the ways the ethical code and the legal system interact. Learn if it is possible to perform unethical research yet not violate the law.

Risks of Research: Physical Harm, Psychological Abuse & Legal Jeopardy

8. Risks of Research: Physical Harm, Psychological Abuse & Legal Jeopardy

There are many ways a researcher can harm a participant. This lesson explores the possible harmful actions of researchers, as well as ways to avoid these harmful actions.

Ethical Research: Maintaining Privacy, Anonymity & Confidentiality

9. Ethical Research: Maintaining Privacy, Anonymity & Confidentiality

When performing research, there are certain expectations that a researcher must follow to protect their subjects. We will explore a few of the different ways that a subject's responses are kept from being used against them.

The Importance of Institutional Review Boards in Research

10. The Importance of Institutional Review Boards in Research

If you think a researcher just runs an experiment, then you didn't know they would run the risk of losing both their position as a researcher and possibly their freedom. The importance of the Institutional Review Boards keeps them safe.

Protecting Research Participants: Mandated & Federal Regulations

11. Protecting Research Participants: Mandated & Federal Regulations

How are laws and federal regulations protecting research participants? This lesson explores some of the ways people are protected from each other, themselves, and researchers when they are participants in a study.

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