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Scientific Method - Research Methods PSYC E226 Understand different ways of gathering knowledge Learn strengths and weaknesses of these Learn the

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Unformatted text preview: Research Methods PSYC E226 1/13/10 Understand different ways of gathering knowledge Learn strengths and weaknesses of these Learn the steps of the scientific method Learn the framework for the steps of research Consistent way of gathering knowledge Confidence in information gathered for: ◦ Making policy and law ◦ People making decisions for health and behavior ◦ Understanding effectiveness of programs One research study can lead to the next – Many scientists study the same subject their whole career Tenacity : Trusting an idea because it has been around for a long time ◦ Example: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks ◦ What is wrong with this method? Intuition : Using information because it “feels right,” or using a gut feeling ◦ Example: Choosing to have pizza for dinner ◦ What are flaws with this method? Example – information from a website, newspaper, professors Faith is another example – we believe that the trusted figure is correct, so we don’t question ◦ Example - Belief in the tooth fairy Are there flaws with this method? This can be a good method when you trust the source and can question their information The rational method uses logical thinking An argument is produced by using information that we already know, called premise statements ◦ Premise statements:  All 3 year-olds are afraid of the dark  Amy is a 3 year-old girl ◦ Conclusion:  Amy is afraid of the dark What are flaws with this method? The empirical method uses direct experience to gain information ◦ There are n number of people in this class today ◦ Are the horizontal lines in the picture below tilted? We can’t always trust our eyes or other senses...
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This note was uploaded on 06/03/2011 for the course PSYC E226 taught by Professor Smolowitz during the Spring '10 term at South Carolina.

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Scientific Method - Research Methods PSYC E226 Understand different ways of gathering knowledge Learn strengths and weaknesses of these Learn the

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