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GRE Psychology: Research Methods Used in the Study of Psychology - Chapter Summary
Master the important research methods that are used to study psychological questions with the engaging and effective lessons in this chapter. Our brief video lessons cover all of the research methods used in psychology today in a way that makes learning enjoyable. Lessons in this chapter cover:
- Statistics, tests and measurements
- Research design
- Reliability and validity
- Statistical analysis
- Ethics in psychological experimentation
- Basic and applied research
- Standardization and norms of psychological tests
- Assessments used in psychology
- Types of measurement
The lessons in this chapter contain all of the elements of research methodology used in psychology, as well as practice questions and quizzes that can test your comprehension of the topics. Each component is broken down into manageable video lessons to make sure you understand the research methods used in psychology.
GRE Psychology: Research Methods Used in the Study of Psychology Chapter Objectives
The GRE Psychology exam is an advanced assessment test used to determine your readiness for graduate-level work in psychology. The exam comprises 205 multiple-choice questions, and measurement and methodology questions make up 11-13% of these. Our lessons on research methods in psychology cover all the topics you'll be tested on in the actual GRE Psychology exam.
1. Introduction to Research Design & Statistical Analysis for Psychology
What do psychologists have to think about when designing studies and interpreting results? In this lesson, you'll explore how the scientific method can help with the difficult task of studying behaviors and their potential causes.
2. Types of Research Designs in Psychology
What are the three main research designs, and what are their advantages and disadvantages? In this lesson, you'll explore the different goals behind descriptive, correlational and experimental research designs.
3. Reliability & Validity in Psychology: Definitions & Differences
How do validity and reliability contribute to study design in psychology? In this lesson, you'll look at how experiments can fail reliability and validity requirements to get an idea of the challenges behind conducting significant psychological research.
4. Statistical Analysis for Psychology: Descriptive & Inferential Statistics
What are the two main types of statistics used by psychologists? In this lesson, you'll start to see what psychologists need to do to analyze their data and test the significance of their results.
5. Ethics in Psychological Experiments: Importance & Examples
What are the ethical principles of psychological research? In this lesson, you'll take a look at the careful considerations a psychologist must make with respect to her participants when she designs a test.
6. 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?'
7. Standardization and Norms of Psychological Tests
Many psychological tests, including intelligence tests, are about comparing your score to others' scores to see how you did. Watch this lesson to find out about two important concepts in psychology: standardization and norms.
8. Types of Assessments Used in Psychology
Psychological assessments are tests that are meant to analyze a person's abilities or personality. In this lesson, we'll examine some common types of psychological tests, including projective tests, inventories, and aptitude tests.
9. Types of Measurement: Direct, Indirect & Constructs
How do you measure psychological traits? In this lesson, we'll look at how psychologists measure traits, including direct and indirect observation. We will also explore why psychological traits are so difficult to measure.
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