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02/04/2009 11:46:00 1. Why study behavioral research methods a. To avoid falling prey to “pseudoscience” b. To learn skills that are useful beyond the research setting c. To learn about the limits of scientific methods  d. To learn about human nature – and yourself e. To consider research as a career f. 2. Goals a. Describe human phenomena i. Example: how do people typically respond to tragedy? b. Predict human phenomena i. Example: Do religious people respond differently to tragedy compared  to non-religious people?   c. Explain/Understand human phenomena i. Example: Do religious people respond differently to tragedy because  they have better social support networks? d. Solve “real world” problems (based on 1-3)  i. Example: can we improve peoples responses to tragedy by reminding  them of their religious beliefs? 3. Types of Behavioral Research a. Loose distinction based on researcher’s goal: i. Basic research 1. Goal is to increase knowledge  ii. Applied research 1. 4 th  Goal: trying to find real solutions to problems 4. Broad Methodological Strategies a. Descriptive research
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2009 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 12 taught by Professor Sweeny during the Spring '09 term at UC Riverside.

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Chapter 1 - Chapter1&2 02/04/200911:46:00 1.

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