Psych - Unit 1 - Wednesday 12:40 PM is psi short for...

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1/24/2008  Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:40 PM Ψ  is psi, short for psychology, psychological, or psychologist Ψ Rx is Psycotherapy Ψ  = science of behavior Science – a body of knowledge collected primarily by means of the scientific method Scientific method – 2 parts Attitude: Critical Thinking  or Healthy Skepticism Procedure/steps Critical Thinking  – the ability to assess claims and make judgments on the basis of well  supported reasons and evidence rather than emotion or anecdote Procedure/Steps Observation -> Question -> Hypothesis: a specific testable statement about  relationships in nature Design and conduct an experiment to test the hypothesis Analyze results and draw conclusion Develop theory: a partially verified statement about relationships that are not  directly observable -> more hypothesis Report the results Apply results to practical problems 1/29/2008  Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:51 PM Characteristics of a true experiment 1. Manipulate the independent variable (IV); ( the intervention or treatment)  and observe the effect on the dependent variable (DV); ( the outcome variable) 2. Random assignment of Ss (individuals) to groups 3. Control of extraneous variables. Uncontrolled extraneous variable is a  confound. Examples are gender, age, education, and cultural background
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course PSYCH 1000 taught by Professor Mcdonald during the Spring '08 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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