Psych notes2 - Positive Correlation Correlation does not...

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Positive Correlation - Correlation does not always mean causation Variables often occur naturally Researcher can not manipulate them Cant show does X cause Y - Low self esteem ---Could Cause--> Depression  Depression         ---Could cause--> Low self esteem         Low self esteem Distressing Events ---Could Cause--> OR         Depression - Methods of descriptive research Survey Naturalistic  Briefly discussed ways to use all 3 methods Correlation does not always mean cause - Experiment Method where researcher randomly assigns participants to conditions then  systematically Changes one variable to see its effects on others Helps to ID a casual relationship between variables Theory Explanation for a large number of findings in the natural world
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-ex In class experiment: caffeine improves athletic performance Hypothesis Specific testable prediction about how one or more variables are related
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