Ch 2: Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review

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The Research Methods chapter of this Abnormal Psychology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master abnormal psychology research methods. 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 in abnormal psychology.

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Students will review:

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

  • Characteristics of high-quality research
  • Differences between non-scientific and scientific research
  • Steps in the scientific method
  • Applications of the scientific model
  • Uses of observation, measurement and experimentation
  • Differences between non-experimental and experimental research
  • Quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research
  • Differences between basic and applied research
  • Exploratory, descriptive and explanatory purposes of research

12 Lessons in Chapter 2: Research Methods in Abnormal Psychology: Help and Review
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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.

Debriefing in Psychology Research: Definition & Process

11. Debriefing in Psychology Research: Definition & Process

Debriefing is the procedure that is conducted in psychological research with human subjects after an experiment or study has been concluded. It involves a structured or semi structured interview between the researcher and the subjects whereby all elements of the study are discussed in detail.

Masters and Johnson: Research, Study & Technique

12. Masters and Johnson: Research, Study & Technique

The controversial work of William Masters and Virginia Johnson has contributed significantly to scientific and social understandings of human sexuality. Read on to learn about their research, how they approached their work, and how their findings changed society.

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