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- Methods for producing high-quality research
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1. What is Research? - Definition, Purpose & Typical Researchers
Research involves using the scientific method to take a careful, detailed study of a specific problem or issue. Study the definition and purpose of research, and learn more about common researchers and famous professionals who engage in this process.
2. How to Produce High-Quality Research
To be useful, research must be high-quality, conducted following fundamental principles that contain specific aspects. Learn about these aspects, including determinism, empiricism, replicability, falsifiability, and parsimony. Understand how to produce high-quality research by bringing these aspects together.
3. Nonscientific and Scientific Research: Definitions and Differences
Nonscientific and scientific research vary in their definitions and methods. Discover these differences through an explanation of how nonscientific research is conducted through tradition, personal experience, intuition, logic, and authority while scientific research relies on the scientific method.
4. What Is the Scientific Method in Psychology? - Definition, Characteristics & Steps
The scientific method is a multi-step process for conducting scientific research. Learn the steps of the scientific method and how it works by applying it to one of psychology's most famous experiments.
5. Applying the Scientific Model to the Decision-Making Process
Scientific models help people understand abstract phenomena, such as the speed of light, that are challenging to observe. Learn how the scientific model can be applied to decision-making processes. Explore psychological models, and understand how decision-making using models can be both bad and good.
6. Psychological Research Tools: Observation, Measurement & Experimentation
There are various psychological research tools used to investigate human behavior. Learn about observation and its two types; measurements that assess cognitive, emotional, social and behavioral or motor elements; and experimentation, with examples of famous psychological experiments.
7. Non-Experimental and Experimental Research: Differences, Advantages & Disadvantages
In non-experimental research, a predictor variable cannot be manipulated by the scientist, meaning conclusions must be reached through observation and interpretation alone. Learn the differences between non-experimental and experimental research and explore the advantages and disadvantages of each type of scientific endeavor.
8. Research Methodologies: Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Method
Scientists use a variety of research methods. Explore three types of research methods: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method, including the strengths and weaknesses of each type.
9. Basic Research and Applied Research: Definitions and Differences
Applied research is driven by a specific question to direct application, while basic research is fueled by curiosity and knowledge expansion. Discover the different questions each may answer and learn to recognize their uses.
10. Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory
Research is purposeful, often intending to explore hypothetical ideas, describe by giving clarity, or to explain cause and effects. Discover the distinction and overlap between Exploratory, Descriptive, and Explanatory research.
11. Manipulated Variable: Definition & Example
The manipulated or independent variable is simply the element that is changed to explore a hypothesis in an experiment. Learn about variable manipulation through an experiment example using temperature (independent variable) on goldfish (dependent variable).
12. Interdisciplinary Research: Definition, Process and Theory
Explore interdisciplinary research to understand what it is and why it's important. See how interdisciplinary research is defined, understand how interdisciplinary research works, and examine benefits and challenges.
13. Sampling Frame: Definition & Examples
Obstacles such as limited resources and access can prevent researchers from getting information from every part of a target population. Because of these issues, they must define a sampling frame. Learn to define a sampling frame and understand when and how it is used.
14. What Is a Dependent Variable? - Definition & Explanation
In an experiment, the outcomes of a dependent variable are influenced by changes or variations in the independent variable. Learn how to distinguish a dependent variable from an independent variable and how to interpret them.
15. What is Quantitative Research in Sociology? - Definition, Methods & Examples
Quantitative research involves the use of quantifiable, or numerical, data such as using surveys and questionnaires. Further explore the definition of quantitative research in sociology while learning the different types of methods used.
16. What Is Social Science Research? - Definition, Methods & Topics
Social science research seeks to understand the hows and whys of human behavior. Define social science research and explore the methods and topics used by social science researchers.
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