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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a research set-up unit of a standard research methods in psychology course. Topics covered include:
- Selecting a problem to research
- Choosing a research method and design
- Writing research questions
- Formulating the research and null hypotheses
- Understanding inductive and deductive reasoning
- Setting up research variables
- Conducting primary and secondary research
- Choosing a data collection technique
- Recognizing the major sections of a research study
- Understanding the differences between published and typed reports
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13. Neutral Stimulus: Definition & Examples
In classical conditioning, a neutral stimulus is something that does not elicit a response. Read on to find out more about the meaning of neutral stimulus and how it can change into a conditioned stimulus, and discover real-world examples of this type of stimulus.
14. What is a Clinical Study? - Definition & Explanation
Clinical studies help scientists and medical professionals discover and test new treatments. Learn more about the definition, importance and process of clinical studies and test your knowledge with a quiz.
15. What is a Hypothesis? - Definition & Explanation
A hypothesis is an educated prediction that can be tested. You will discover the purpose of a hypothesis then learn how one is developed and written. Examples are provided to aid your understanding, and there is a quiz to test your knowledge.
16. What Is Inductive Reasoning? - Examples & Definition
In this lesson, you will learn to define inductive reasoning. Following the lesson, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.
17. Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy
Although it is still in its infancy, virtual reality technology is already offering effective treatment options for those with challenging disorders. Through this lesson, you will learn how virtual reality is applied in mental health treatment and how it can be used to overcome certain phobias.
18. Covert Observation: Definition & Advantages
Covert observation can yield incredible results, but it remains a controversial approach to research. Through this lesson, you will learn what defines covert observation and explore some of the positive and negative aspects.
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Other chapters within the Research Methods in Psychology: Help and Review course
- Introduction to Research Methods: Help and Review
- Principles of Ethical Research: Help and Review
- Data Collection Techniques in Psychology: Help and Review
- Nonexperimental Research: Help and Review
- Qualitative Research Methods and Design: Help and Review
- Quasi-Experimental Research: Help and Review
- Sampling and Generalization: Help and Review
- Measurement in Research: Help and Review
- Internal Validity in Research: Help and Review
- External Validity: Help and Review
- Experimental Design: Help and Review
- Descriptive Statistics in Psychology: Help and Review
- Inferential Statistics in Psychology: Help and Review
- Evaluating Research Findings: Help and Review
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