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Developmental Psych 9 15 09

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Developmental Psych 9 15 09 Research Methods in Developmental Psychology Theories Not right or wrong Are more or less useful as explanations Well-supported with evidence General Parsimonious Research Methods How can we answer questions about development? Which children are more popular than others? Does watching TV violence cause aggression? When do babies become attached to parents? How can we make sense of research in our everyday life? How to measure behavior, understanding, emotions, values? Naturalistic observation Types of play Parallel play, cooperative play, onlooker play, associative play Advantages: Natural behavior Everyday environment Disadvantages: May never observe important behaviors (least frequent) May be influenced by observer’s biases, expectations Being observed may change children’s behavior Structured observation “strange situation” trying to bring out infrequent behaviors
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