2 - developing the research hypothesis

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Getting Ideas 16:46 Informative research ideas are hard to come by  Having an idea of a research interest is only a very preliminary first step in  developing a testable research idea Scientists develop their ideas about what to study in a number of different ways  Solving Important Real-World Problems Many behavioral scientists develop their research programs around their  concerns with human problems  o One way to get ideas for research is to develop an applied research  project that ahs the goal of producing a better understanding of the causes  of, or potential solutions to, everyday problems Using Observation and Intuition It is often possible to develop research ideas on the basis of intuition or  hunches o Inductive method: Getting ideas about the relationships among variables  by observing specific facts Your own curiosity becomes the source of your ideas Some important scientific ideas have been developed though observation There is a possible danger to this approach o Studies that are based on intuition alone but do not relate to existing  scientific knowledge may not advance the field very far You should try to link your research to the findings from other studies  investigating the same concepts  Using Existing Research Research that is based on or related to previous research findings tend to  advance science more rapidly because it contributes to the accumulation of a  unified and integrated body of knowledge  Finding Limiting Conditions o The goal of most research is to expand on or improve existing research Consider the potential limiting conditions of previous research Explaining Conflicting Findings
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2010 for the course PSYC 420 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.

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