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560 1/27 27/01/2009 13:01:00 How do we study developmental processes? Research question Is your question testable? o Ethical issues? Which method is best? Hard with kids! Hard to study change! Design your study Can other factors explain my results? Confounds? Is there something else that can explain the results? Acquiring data Naturalistic observation Observe child in natural environment Do not intervene Illuminates ecology of a child’s life o Responses to young infants’ crying o Which teaches child to stop crying? o Where? in home o What? number times infant cries, parent’s latency to respond, parent’s number of responses o How long? long-term o Results: + responding less crying Strengths? o Good for questions about natural interactions o Generalizable results
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Weaknesses? o Requires objectivity (impossible) Bias? Use second observer for
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