Research Methods 08 26 10

Research Methods 08 26 10 - Research Methods Overview o...

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8/26/2010 Research Methods Overview o Research methods in social psychology The Research Process Forms of Research Research Settings Pitfalls in Research Ethical Dilemmas in Research Homework: Take-home essay o Hypothesis generation Watch people for 1 hr. Summarize what you see – explore why they are doing what they are doing A continued behavior. Explain and predict human behavior Generate a novel (explanatory) hypothesis Type-written, no longer than 1 page A Scientific discipline… The research process o The interplay of theory and evidence Step 1: Observation Step 2: Theory/Hypothesis Generation Creating an explanation for human behavior o All explanation are hypotheses o The best theories include explanations Isolating Independent and Dependent Variables Step 3: Selecting a Method Operationalizing Variables
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8/26/2010 o Turning concepts into measurable things o Isolating Independent and Dependent Variables Secrets and happiness OR dancing and happiness o Constructing Operational Definitions A definition of a variable stated in terms of concrete, observable procedures Ask how many secrets a person holds Manipulate whether they are in a dancing or no dancing condition
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