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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
- Experimental design
- Inferential statistics
- Quantitative and qualitative research
- Reliability and validity
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the Social Psychology: Help and Review course
- Introduction to Social Psychology: Help and Review
- Social Cognition & Perception: Help and Review
- The Self in a Social Context: Help and Review
- Attitudes and Persuasion: Help and Review
- Group Decisions: Help and Review
- Attraction & Close Relationships: Help and Review
- Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination: Help and Review
- Applied Social Psychology: Help and Review