Psychological Research

Psychological Research - • Tests must be reliable and...

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Psychological Research Researchers use the terms variable , subject , sample , and population when describing their research. Psychologists do research to measure and describe behavior; to understand when, why, and how events occur; and to apply knowledge to real-world problems. The Scientific Method Psychologists use the scientific method , which is a standardized way of making observations, gathering data, forming theories, testing predictions, and interpreting results. Research must be replicable , falsifiable , precise , and parsimonious . Research Methods Psychologists use descriptive or correlational methods such as case studies , surveys , naturalistic observation , and laboratory observation to describe events, experiences, or behaviors and to look for links between them. Researchers use tests to collect information about personality traits, emotional states, aptitudes, interests, abilities, values, or behaviors.
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Unformatted text preview: • Tests must be reliable and valid. • Researchers use experiments to collect information about causal relationships between variables. • In experiments, researchers include experimental and control groups . • Bias is the distortion of results by a variable . • Types of bias include sampling bias , subject bias , and experimenter bias . Ethical Considerations • Psychologists must consider ethical norms when doing research involving humans or animals. Interpreting Data • Researchers analyze and interpret the data they’ve collected by using descriptive statistics and organizing their information in histograms or bar graphs . • Researchers use inferential statistics to determine the likelihood that a result is due simply to chance. • Statistical significance means that a result is probably not due to chance....
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.

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