Topic 1Introduction to Course & Overview
Introduction and Overview
My goals for you
Who the course is designed for
Why methods are important
Topic 2Selecting A Dependent Variable
What is research? Why do psychologists do research?
o Investigation into a particular topic; look broadly and widely. Careful
o Basis for conclusions.
What is a variable? What are some examples of varia
Topic 3Selecting An Independent Variable
For the purposes of your term project, what is an independent variable?
According to the text, what is an independent variable?
What kinds of independent variables do psychologists study?
What is meant by pre-exist
Topic 4Hypothesizing a Relationship
What is a research hypothesis?
What should your hypothesis explain?
How does it differ from a question? A prediction? A goal (purpose, objective)?
What do you do with a hypothesis?
What is the role of theory in hypothes
Topic 5Designing a Study
What is a repeated measures (within participants) experimental design?
What are its main advantages and disadvantages?
Control of participant variables
Order effects & carryover effects
Kinds of repe
Topic 6Selecting Participants
Who are the participants in psychological research?
Where do participants come from?
What special characteristics must the participants have?
What is a population?
What is a sample and why do we sample?
What is a representati
Topic 7Thinking of Alternative Explanations
What are confounding variables?
How do you equate the values of a situational variable that is related to a situational
independent variable [experimental research]?
Example of equating tones of two frequencies
sustantivos = nombres
adjetivos = describen a los nombres (pronombres)
adverbios = describen o complementan : verbos, adjetivos y otros adverbios
nexos conjunciones conectores
Pedro (sujeto) come fruta (predicad
Morgan Taylor Shafer
12 Octubre 2012
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