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psyc_aug24_2 - Friday August 24 The Research Method I Goals...

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Friday August 24 The Research Method I. Goals of the Scientific Side 1 Scientific approach assumes that behaviors are under the control of a lawful order. The goal of science is to uncover truths. This can be accomplished in many ways including intuition (just feels right), metaphysics (religion and mythology), and logic (assumptions and “if-then” reasoning). 2 Measurement and Description: must develop ways to measure behavior patterns and observations precisely. 3 Understanding and Prediction: you understand something when you can explain its reasoning. Scientists make and test predictions ( hypotheses : statements relating at least 2 variables, or measurable conditions observed in a study). 4 Application and Control: The goal is to apply the research to practical situations. Many psychologists work directly with solving problems in schools and businesses, as well with mental patients. 5 A theory is a set of ideas that explain observations. **During this lecture, a short video clip was also shown.
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course PSYC 1101 taught by Professor Crystal during the Fall '08 term at UGA.

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