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lecture 1 - Chapter 1 Intro and Research Methods PSYCHOLOGY...

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Chapter 1 - Intro and Research Methods   PSYCHOLOGY - human mind and behavior (thoughts, motivations, perceptions, sensations,  behavior, human interaction) Assumptions of science- 1. ORDER in the universe, things happen for a reason, lawful and not haphazard  relationships 2. DETERMINISM - every event has a physical, potentially measurable cause.  Causes two problems. a. FREE WILL b.   3. SKEPTICISM – doubts all claims not supported by solid research evidence.  Especially important in psychology- many of our findings are tentative and  subject to change with time. We are surrounded and affected by culture. 4. ACCURACY – evaluate info as carefully as possible 5. OBJECTIVITY -- science has the duty to be free of bias 6. OPEN MINDEDNESS - willingness to change if they are given suitable data Goals of scientific research- 1. DESCRIPTION – citing of observable characteristics a. SYSTEMATIC – describe only relevant items. Example, if I’m writing  about social interaction in a classroom setting, I do not need to tell you  what the teacher is wearing. b. PRECISE – concrete descriptions – measurement – use of numbers.  c. OPERATIONAL DEFINITIONS – definitions in terms of the procedures  used to measure or produce. Example – drunk is having a BAC of .08 or  above. 2. PREDICTION – Based on what I’ve seen in the past, what will happen next? a.
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PSYCH 2000 taught by Professor Domangue during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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