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Ch 4: Setting Up Research Studies in Psychology

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Learn how to set up research studies in psychology with these video lessons. You'll improve your understanding of topics like how to choose a research design, the literature review process, and data collection techniques. You can use these resources to supplement a class discussion or prepare for a test.

Setting Up Research Studies in Psychology - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will teach you how to set up research studies in psychology. You'll find discussions of topics such as research methods and the differences between published and typed reports. You'll also learn about dependent, independent, control, extraneous, and moderator variables. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate how to select a problem to research and choose a research method
  • Explain the purpose of writing research questions and provide examples
  • Formulate a research hypothesis and null hypothesis
  • Explain the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Describe the literature review process
  • Define primary research, secondary research, samples in research, and populations in research
  • Assess strategies for choosing a data collection technique
  • Detail the major sections of a research study according to APA

These video lessons, presented by subject matter experts, will assist you with assessing your understanding of how to set up research studies in psychology. Vocabulary words are highlighted in bold print for quick reference. You can use the Help tab or your Dashboard to submit questions to instructors if you get stuck on a topic. Each video includes a full written transcript.

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: Setting Up Research Studies in Psychology
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Selecting a Problem to Research

1. Selecting a Problem to Research

This lesson explores the process, pitfalls, and requirements for selecting a good problem to research. There is a bit more to it than just having a good idea.

How to Choose a Research Method & Design

2. How to Choose a Research Method & Design

After a researcher has something they want to study, what is the process of figuring out how to study it? This lesson explores most of the elements involved in selecting and designing an experiment.

Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

3. Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

What is a research question, and why is it important to get it right? This lesson will explore one way to write a research question, which guides a researcher in designing his or her experiment.

Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis

4. Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis

After figuring out what you want to study, what is the next step in designing a research experiment? You, the researcher, write a hypothesis and null hypothesis. This lesson explores the process and terminology used in writing a hypothesis and null hypothesis.

Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples

5. Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples

This lesson explores the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning in the form of psychological experiments. In addition to defining these terms, the lesson gives examples to explain how this reasoning is applied.

Research Variables: Dependent, Independent, Control, Extraneous & Moderator

6. Research Variables: Dependent, Independent, Control, Extraneous & Moderator

This lesson explores the terminology of experimental design. What are variables? How do they influence each other? Is it possible that you are seeing connections that don't actually exist?

The Literature Review Process

7. The Literature Review Process

Literature review is a process of looking at what research has been done in a specific field of study. In this lesson, we will explore how to work through the process of performing and writing a literature review.

Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

8. Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

Differentiating between different types of research articles is useful when looking at what has already been done. In this lesson, we explore some of the different types of research articles out there and when they would be used.

Samples & Populations in Research: Definition

9. Samples & Populations in Research: Definition

When planning an experiment, you will likely use groups of participants. This lesson explores the types of groups an experimenter can collect data from and the reason why there are different groups.

Strategies for Choosing a Data Collection Technique

10. Strategies for Choosing a Data Collection Technique

After figuring out what you are going to study, you, as the researcher, will need to figure out how to study it. This lesson discusses popular ways a researcher can collect data as well as why a researcher would chose a particular data collection technique.

The Major Sections of a Research Study According to APA

11. The Major Sections of a Research Study According to APA

This lesson explores how the American Psychological Association recommends research articles and projects be set up. Each section is sufficiently explained to increase familiarity with the pieces of a research article.

Published & Typed Reports: Differences & Examples

12. Published & Typed Reports: Differences & Examples

What is the process after you have completed your research? In this lesson, we will explore the differences between a finished piece of research and a published piece of research, why it is important, and the process of how it is accomplished.

Chapter Practice Exam
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