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Lecture 3 - – Examines assumptions hidden values –...

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Being a Good Consumer of Research 44 Questions to ask… Who? – Is the source credible? – Does the source have an agenda? 45 Questions to ask… What? – Is their hypothesis “testable”? – Is the sample representative of the population? – Do their statistics make sense? 46 Questions to ask… How? – How did they collect the data? – How did they measure their variables? – Are there alternative explanations they did not rule out? 47
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The Scientific Attitude Curiosity (passion for exploration) Skepticism (doubting & questioning) Humility (ability to accept responsibility when wrong) “Critical thinking”… – Does not accept arguments blindly
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Unformatted text preview: – Examines assumptions, hidden values – Evaluates evidence and conclusions 48 Thinking Critically… Can we find evidence of ESP? – Clairvoyance: ability to gain information about an object, person, location, or physical event through means other than the known human senses. 49 Bad Experiment 50 Bem’s Research Well-established researcher and methodologist Multiple studies in prestigious journal Experiments were well-constructed (high Internal validity) – Confirmatory research – Random presentation Materials for replication posted on his website 52 Reactions to Bem 53...
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