Research Methods in Health Psychology

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Research Methods Research Methods in Health Psychology Some Examples PYSCH 180-04
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Research Methods Professor Devlin 14 September 2007
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Research Methods Research Methods in Health Psychology There are many different methods in conducting research in the psychology field. There are also many different terms associated with these methods. In the study entitled Is Laughter the Best Medicine? Humor, Laughter, and Physical Health”, the psychologist Rod A. Martin mentions and uses most of the basic terms that a psychologist would use to conduct research and experiment to finds answers and correlations between things. These terms are very specific and might be easy to confuse their meaning in context and how they are used. Models are used to bring together common ideas to give a general sense of an abstract concept. In a model many different findings are grouped together to create a “big picture”; with this “big picture” you can see how something is supposed to work. In the article by Martin, the main model discussed is the idea that laughter relaxes muscles, stimulates circulation, and releases pain-killing endorphins, among others (Miller & Chen, 2005). With a model a scientist or psychologist can then design an experiment or make observations to support that model. Experimental psychology is done using the scientific method to discover and support
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course PSYCH 180 taught by Professor Devlin during the Fall '07 term at Dickinson.

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