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Research Methods Prof. Ximena Arriaga 1 Unit 2: Research Methods
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Outline What are psychologists? Process of psychological research Types of research studies (“Study design”) Summarizing data and finding (Statistics) Doing psychology experiments Unit 2: Research Methods 2
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What is Psychology? The study of how people think and act (mind and behavior) Are all psychologists people who study these things? 3 Unit 2: Research Methods
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Types of Psychologists Research psychologists Systematically studying mind and behavior Clinical psychologists Applied psychologists Process of psychological research 4 Unit 2: Research Methods
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Process of Psychological Research Learning objectives: 1. Become familiar and understand the stages in doing a study 2. Understand how the conclusion of one study can trigger a new study 3. Learn terms: hypothesis, variable, operational definition Unit 2: Research Methods 5
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Process of Psychological Research 6 Unit 2: Research Methods Systematically seeking answers to testable questions about mind and behavior
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Questions About Behavior and Mind 1. Will my parents start losing their memory? When and why? 2. Will I marry like my dad/mom and have the same relationship my parents had? 3. How can I learn enough to pass my exams? 4. What do I need to do to lose weight? Do those low-carbohydrate diets really work? 5. Why do people get meaner when they’re under the influence of alcohol? (Does this really happen? Or is this just a stereotype?) 6. Is my roommate really a psychopath? How likely is it that s/he will hurt me? 7. Will people who are different always mistrust each other (quoting Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?”)? 8. Are men and women born with different abilities? 9. What does it take to have the right “chemistry” in a relationship? 10. When does taking a risk make sense? When does playing it safe seem better? 11. Have I learned more in the last 9 years or in my first 9 years of life? 12. What is worse? Being bullied or ignored by others? 13. What is better for how I feel with life? Having good times or avoiding bad times? 14. How much does personality affect they way we act toward others? 7 Unit 2: Research Methods
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1. What predicts memory loss? Why does memory loss occur? 2. What predicts whether two people are romantically attracted to each other? 3. Which studying techniques are best for learning information? 4. Which behaviors are most influential in predicting weight loss? How do low- carbohydrate diets compare to other diets, and why do they work? 5. Does consuming alcohol cause aggressive behavior? 6. What are characteristics of psychopaths and which situations bring this about? 7.
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