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Ch 1: Introduction to Research Methods: Tutoring Solution

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Learning Objectives

  • Explain the purpose of conducting research.
  • Describe the characteristics of high-quality research.
  • Understand the difference between scientific and non-scientific research.
  • List the steps of the scientific method.
  • Use the scientific method in the decision-making process.
  • Discuss the tools of psychological research.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of experimental and non-experimental research.
  • Take a look at different research methodologies.
  • Understand the difference between basic and applied research.
  • Learn the three main reasons for conducting social research.

18 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Research Methods: Tutoring Solution
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What is Research? - Definition, Purpose & Typical Researchers

1. What is Research? - Definition, Purpose & Typical Researchers

Psychological research helps to shape our society - from the way we raise our children to the way we treat our criminals and military enemies. But what is research and who conducts it? This lesson explores the purposes of research in psychology and the individuals who observe, record, and alter our behavior.

How to Produce High-Quality Research

2. How to Produce High-Quality Research

Psychology is a science that requires high quality research due to the inherent complexity of human thoughts, behaviors and emotions. One way to go about producing high quality research is to follow certain guidelines that all true sciences follow.

Nonscientific and Scientific Research: Definitions and Differences

3. Nonscientific and Scientific Research: Definitions and Differences

Explore the way people 'know' information without using a scientific methodology. Have you ever fallen for nonscientific research and then presented it as fact?

What Is the Scientific Method in Psychology? - Definition, Characteristics & Steps

4. What Is the Scientific Method in Psychology? - Definition, Characteristics & Steps

How might someone apply the scientific method to psychological research? We will review the steps of the scientific method and how they applied to one of the most famous psychological studies ever conducted.

Applying the Scientific Model to the Decision-Making Process

5. Applying the Scientific Model to the Decision-Making Process

You've conducted the research and compiled it all together. Now what? What good is 300 pages of research if it is too complex to convey? You can turn it into a model and teach others, but be wary of the pitfalls.

Psychological Research Tools: Observation, Measurement & Experimentation

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Blind Study: Definition & Explanation

11. Blind Study: Definition & Explanation

Biases of research subjects and researchers can lead to flaws that make research results invalid. Complete this lesson to find out how using blind studies can eliminate these biases and lead to more robust research results.

Causal Effect: Definition & Overview

12. Causal Effect: Definition & Overview

This lesson provides a definition of causal effect and some examples to demonstrate how causal effect is applied. When you are through, take the quiz to assess your knowledge of the concepts.

Univariate Statistics: Tests & Examples

13. Univariate Statistics: Tests & Examples

There are many statistical tests used in the field of psychology. This lesson explores univariate statistics. You'll learn about the types of tests used and see some practical examples.

Bivariate Statistics: Tests & Examples

14. Bivariate Statistics: Tests & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn about the field of bivariate statistics. You'll explore the types of tests used and see examples of this form of statistics in the real world.

What Is a Testimonial in Research? - Definition & Examples

15. What Is a Testimonial in Research? - Definition & Examples

Whether it's on consumer products or social research, testimonials can have a tremendous impact. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define a testimonial and explore some of the ways that they are used in various areas of society and culture.

What is Hypnotherapy? - Definition & Benefits

16. What is Hypnotherapy? - Definition & Benefits

Hypnotherapy can assist with addictions, weight loss and even pain management. There is a myriad of psychological and medical disorders and illnesses that hypnotherapy can alleviate. Learn the definition as well as benefits of hypnotherapy in this lesson.

Lexical Decision Tasks: Definition & Example

17. Lexical Decision Tasks: Definition & Example

Lexical decision tasks require the person completing the task to determine whether a visual stimuli is a word or not. In this lesson, we will learn all about lexical decision tasks and look at examples.

Subject Bias in Psychology: Definition & Examples

18. Subject Bias in Psychology: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of subject bias. You'll become familiar with the consequences of subject bias and learn how researchers attempt to prevent it from occurring.

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