Chapter 1_Psychology's Scientific Method (handouts)

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Psychology’s Scientific Method Chapter 2
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What does it mean that psychology is a science? We want to test our ideas We use the scientific method to test our ideas We believe that human behavior follows consistent, understandable laws
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The Scientific Method Systematic empirical study of phenomena Systematic: keep the bias out Empirical: Phenomena:
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The Scientific Method To develop theories about the world and to test those theories using observations Theory: An explanation Scientific theory is backed by data The scientific process
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The Science of Psychology Separating anecdotes, folk wisdom and advice from data and conclusions! Scientific Research is… 1.Formulating hypotheses or questions 2.Testing hypotheses using the scientific method 3.Interpreting the results 4.Communicating the results --- realistically
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The Goals of Science Description Prediction Explanation Theory Causal Inferences Intervention/Application These all build on each other
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Scientific Method: Observation Operational Definitions Objective description of variables How will variables be measured?
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Scientific Method: Hypothesis Formulate Hypothesis Testable prediction Derived from theory
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Scientific Method: Research Collect Data Select participants Design Study / Select Research Method Analyze Data
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What do the results mean? Statistical data analysis
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