3600pp2 - Chapter 2: Where to Start? Form a Hypothesis A...

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Chapter 2: Where to Start? Form a Hypothesis A tentative statement that something may or may not be true An educated guess “If - Then” statement Does Alcohol increase aggression? Stated in formal terms “Alcohol affects aggression” Prediction A specific statement about the outcome of the study A hypothesis can NEVER be proven Sources of Research Ideas 1. Common Sense Common sense can turn out not to be true when scientifically studied Serendipity 2. Observations of the World Observing people at the social and personal level Do mechanics charge women more than a man for the same repair? 3. Theories Makes specific facts extremely meaningful in a theoretical framework JFK assassination A theory can NEVER be proven Ultimate goal is the development of a theory Common misconception
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Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone in the assassination of JFK? Theory or hypothesis? Theories can be broad or narrow
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