Unit 03--Methods & Science

Unit 03--Methods & Science - Did You Know There is...

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1 Methods & Science Sociology of the Paranormal, Unit 3 Sociology 330 Spring 2012 Did You Know… There is a strong positive correlation between the number of churches in a town and the number of bars!! Plausible Explanations: 2 Bars Churches Number of Churches Number of Bars Did You Know… There is a strong positive correlation between the number of nesting storks in a town and the number births 9 months later!! Plausible Explanations: 3 Births Storks Number of Storks Number of Births Did You Know… There is a strong positive correlation between ice cream sales and the number of drowning!! Plausible Explanations: 4 Drownings Ice Cream Ice Cream Sales Drownings The Point Correlation 5 does not imply causation . Cues about Causes Covariation : x and y tend to occur together Temporal Ordering : x precedes y Contiguity : “short” time lag separating x and y 6 : short time lag separating x and y Nonspuriousness : x and y are NOT caused by z Consistency : x generally produces y Plausibility : theory connects x and y
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2 Correlational Research Hypothesis: Faith healers improved health Correlational Strategy: th 7 1. Measure visits to faith healers 2. Measure health outcomes
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