Different Types of Research Methods 1) Basic Research answer fundamental questions about the nature of behavior. Not done for application, but rather to gain knowledge for sake of knowledge. For Example, look at the titles of these publications: a) Short and long-term memory retrieval: A comparison of effects of information overload and relatedness. b) Electrophysiological activity in the central nucleus of the amygdala: Emotionality and stress ulcers in rats. Some people erroneously believe that basic research is useless. In reality, basic research is the foundation upon which others can develop applications and solutions. So while basic research may not appear to be helpful in the real world , it can direct us toward practical applications such as, but definitely not limited to: a) Skinner - trained animals to work for reinforcement - lead to work schedules and applications in I/O psychology, therapy, and education. b) all those therapeutic techniques that clinical psychologists and other therapists use to help
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