Ch 2: Research Methods and Ethics

About This Chapter

Watch social psychology video lessons, and take the short accompanying quizzes for immediate feedback. Learn about the different aspects of research methods and ethics in social psychology.

Research Methods and Ethics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In any branch of psychology, research is essential to expanding knowledge and making new discoveries. Additionally, ethics are always a concern, especially when conducting research. This chapter focuses on social psychology and research and ethics within this field. Lessons will focus on explaining what types of research methods are used, how research studies are designed and how these research processes are maintained within the accepted ethics of the field. Some of the things you can expect to learn as you watch the videos in this chapter include:

  • The types of research conducting
  • How experiments are designed
  • What cultural phenomena is
  • To compare types of research
  • How to assess the quality of research
  • How to interpret research findings

VideoObjective
Types of Research Design Discover what types of research are used to answer social psychology questions.
True Experimental Design Find out about true experimental design and types of experiments, such as samples, control groups and independent vs. dependent variables.
Ethnography Explore the qualitative research design that explores cultural phenomena.
Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research: Advantages and Disadvantages Take a look at how these two types of research differ.
Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study Examine how to tell if a study was done well and if the resulting findings can be trusted.
How to Interpret Correlations in Research Results Learn about how to correctly interpret correlations.
Inferential Statistics for Psychology Studies Study the basic types of inferential statistics and how to know if a hypothesis was supported by the results of a study.
Research Ethics in Psychology Take a look at ethical considerations, including the rights of the participant.

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: Research Methods and Ethics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

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