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Ch 2: Research Methods and Ethics: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Research Methods and Ethics chapter of this Social Psychology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master research design and ethics. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of research methods and ethics.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering social psychology material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn social psychology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the different types of research, research methods and ethics
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning psychology (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about research methods and ethics
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra psychology learning resources

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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the research methods and ethics chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a research methods and ethics unit of a standard social psychology course. Topics covered include:

  • Ethics in educational psychology
  • Ethnography
  • Experimental design
  • Inferential statistics
  • Quantitative and qualitative research
  • Reliability and validity

17 Lessons in Chapter 2: Research Methods and Ethics: Help and Review
Types of Research Design

1. Types of Research Design

There are questions to be answered in all areas of psychology. How are these questions answered by professionals in the field? This lesson covers several different options researchers can use to approach such questions.

True Experimental Design

2. True Experimental Design

Experiments are the classic way to conduct research in almost any field of study. But do you know how true experiments really work? This lesson explains the details of experimental design, such as different types of samples, control groups and independent vs. dependent variables.

What Is Ethnography? - Studying Cultural Phenomena

3. What Is Ethnography? - Studying Cultural Phenomena

Researchers use various methods to answer questions. Some questions cannot be answered through quantitative measures; they are best addressed through qualitative research methods, such as ethnography. This lesson will discuss the defining qualities, methods, and uses of ethnography.

Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research

4. Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research

In this lesson, we identify the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods in the social sciences. We also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study

5. Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study

Many psychologists and teachers complete research studies. How can you tell if a study was done well? This lesson will cover many criteria for a good quality study, including types of reliability and validity.

How to Interpret Correlations in Research Results

6. How to Interpret Correlations in Research Results

Perhaps the most common statistic you'll see from psychology is a correlation. Do you know how to correctly interpret correlations when you see them? This lesson covers everything you need to know.

Inferential Statistics for Psychology Studies

7. Inferential Statistics for Psychology Studies

Psychology is a science, which means that in order to understand people's thoughts and behaviors, a basic understanding of statistics is necessary. Most psychology studies use inferential statistics. This lesson covers basic types of inferential statistics, as well as how to decide whether a hypothesis was supported by the results.

Research Ethics in Educational Psychology

8. Research Ethics in Educational Psychology

Many people have a vague fear of psychological studies. Will the researchers lie to me? Will I get electric shocks? This lesson covers the ethical considerations of all modern psychological studies, including the rights of the participant such as informed consent and accurate debriefing.

Deception in Research Studies: Examples & Uses

9. Deception in Research Studies: Examples & Uses

Sometimes psychological research studies require the researchers to deceive the subjects in order to get unfiltered and presentable results. In this lesson, we'll be learning about this method of research.

Use of Animals In Experiments: Ethics & Concept

10. Use of Animals In Experiments: Ethics & Concept

Learn about using animals in experiments according to ethical guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association, including the ethical and unethical use of animals in past research experiments, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Volunteer Bias in Psychology: Definition & Importance

11. Volunteer Bias in Psychology: Definition & Importance

Volunteer bias is an important concept to understand for anyone who conducts or reads psychological research. This lesson offers an overview of volunteer bias and why it must be acknowledged.

Illusory Correlation: Definition & Examples

12. Illusory Correlation: Definition & Examples

Illusory correlation is the assumption that a relationship exists between two variables that are really not related. Learn more about illusory correlation from examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Naturalistic Observation in Psychology: Definition & Examples

13. Naturalistic Observation in Psychology: Definition & Examples

Many different research methodologies are used in psychology. So many approaches exist because psychologists are interested in a wide range of topics. The least invasive of these methods is called naturalistic observation.

Concept Map: Definition & Examples

14. Concept Map: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of a concept map, as opposed to a mind map, and will be given examples to further your understanding of this type of graphic organizer. Following the lesson will be a brief quiz.

Animal Testing: History, Facts & Alternatives

15. Animal Testing: History, Facts & Alternatives

In this lesson, you will learn how animal testing has been used throughout history and how a better understanding of ethics has provided new alternatives.

How Algorithms are Used in Psychology

16. How Algorithms are Used in Psychology

Algorithms are step-by-step logical procedures that, if followed faithfully, always produce an accurate result. In this lesson, we will discuss how algorithms are used in psychology.

How Lie Detectors Work

17. How Lie Detectors Work

Different ways to detect deception has been used by a variety of cultures throughout human history. This lesson explains how lie detectors work and explores the accuracy of lie detector results.

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