Module 4 - Research Methods Dr. Ken Rice Department of...

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Research Methods Dr. Ken Rice Department of Psychology Agenda Research Ideas Searching the Literature Developing Hypotheses Today I haven’t had a good idea since 9 th grade Geometry class, how can I possibly come up with a good psychology research idea? I’m idea-impaired. Please help. I don’t even know where to start. Where are all the good Research Ideas ? The Big Research Picture DEFINING YOUR INTERESTS WHERE DO IDEAS COME FROM? Personal experiences or firsthand knowledge Think about what has not yet been asked Ask professors Read Scientific Theory: Another Idea Source Theories are proposed explanations for the causes of phenomena. Theories attempt to explain the who, what, when, where, how, and why of people’s behavior and mental processes. A theory is a logically organized set of statements that • define events (concepts), • describe relationships among these events, and • explain the occurrence of these events. Psychological Theories Theories vary in their scope and complexity Successful theories organize what we know about a behavior or mental process • empirical knowledge, guide future research by suggesting testable hypotheses, and survive rigorous testing (such as falsification)
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Falsification Karl Popper (1963): The problem which troubled me at the time [1919] was neither, “When is a theory true?” nor “When is a theory acceptable?” my problem was different. I wished to distinguish between science and pseudo - science ; knowing very well that science often errs , and that pseudoscience may happen to stumble on the truth . Falsification 1. It is easy to obtain confirmations, or verifications, for nearly every theory — if we look for confirmations… 2. A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is non-scientific . Irrefutability is not a virtue
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