WEEK 2- Research Methods 1and2

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WEEK 2- Research Methods 1 Psychologists collect data to test hypothesis that help us understand human thought and behavior. The scientific method provides a seven-step “recipe” for how to collect and analyze information while trying to minimize biases, or oversights. Scientists start by studying existing collection of information about the world. … this information helps them construct a theory (general set of ideas about how the world works. …this theory guides the creation of a set of testable statements called a hypothesis. …hypothesis makes specific predictions about relationships between variables involved in theory. Next step is selecting a research method, to test hypothesis. This allows the collection of data= notice specific trends, leading to decision to accept of reject original hypothesis. Finally, scientific communities revise existing theories. Every so often, there is a particularly dramatic change in our way of thinking called a paradigm shift . Therefore: [1] Theory [2] Hypothesis [3[ Research Method [4] Collect Data [5] Analyze Data [6] Report Findings: Publish articles in scholarly journals. [7] Revise Theories: To include new information into our understanding of the world. Anecdotal evidence: Evidence gathered from others or self experience. Experiment:
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2011 for the course PSYCH 1X03 taught by Professor Jim during the Fall '09 term at McMaster University.

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