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PSYB01H3 Lecture Notes - Pin Pad, Sharecropping, Syphilis

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Connie Boudens

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Lecture 2
Getting Started with Research!!
Getting Initial Ideas
Look around you!
Direct observation
Question what you usually take for granted things are seem to be pretty
ordinary, mundane especially with human social behaviour
For example, in check-out lines what type of people cover pin pads, position
their body so no one can see the pad under what conditions do people cover
the pin pad, does it matter whose standing next to them, the distance between
them and the next person people who cover up are they the type of people
who change their pin number more or less often
Things that you see in your everyday environment; things other people do, the
things you wonder about
For example, how do dogs establish who the alpha dog is not always the
biggest dog how are the roles re-negotiated/ how do animals act when they
want to establish themselves at the top of the pack
Stories in newspapers, magazines, websites
A lot of phenomena that happen in the world are a lot of things that there is no
research on
Tuxedo Stan a cat who is running for the mayor of Halifax
Not considered about municipal policies his main platform to get
people to nuder their pets
He is really popular, more people know him compared to the other
A lot of cats on the internet are popular ever wonder why internet cats are all
over the internet & get so popular and yet internet dogs don’t reach the same
popularity level (ex. Maru)
A lot of blogs where people just write about their lives good source of ideas
“Robert” the doll is cursed – anyone who has come into contact with Robert or
owned it, something bad happened to them

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Doll used to belong to someone named Jean a lot of bad things
happened to him which he blamed on the doll
Believed that the doll is infused with bad luck/karma
Become a saying in key west that if something bad happened to
someone that it was due to Robert
People say the doll is inhabited by the first owner’s ghost
Robert the doll is in a museum
Where did the superstitions’ come from? How are they maintained?
Does Robert the doll actually bring bad luck?
Anything that makes you wonder can be turned into an interesting research idea
Common sayings
Such as “Barking dogs rarely bite
People who are very verbally aggressive don’t really carry out threats –
this is something that can be tested
“two’s a company threes a crowd” has been researched in social psychology
Looked at what happens when you have 2 roommates vs. 3 roommates
When there is 3 roommates 2/3 pair up against one person = unstable
dynamic pairs keep switching up - adding a fourth person things
settle down again
Does this really happen? (is it the saying true?)
Could I research this what question might it translate into? is the saying
Such as “What goes around comes around” not testable, how do you
detect at what point does it end, how do you establish that something
bad happened because a person did a bad deed, also don’t have access
to afterlife to test what happens after the person dies
Under what conditions might this hold or not hold?
“2s company, 3s a crowd” – definitely holds in a roommate situation; 3
people living in an apt/house is much less stable than having 2 or 4

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people; but this may not be the case for a company or member of a
sports team
Ex: Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Can be tested Physical separation makes people more affectionate
towards each other; can also test if it’s different for couples who dated
longer, those who are married , various times of separation, same-sex
couples vs. opposite sex couples ( later ones test under what conditions
this saying holds true)
Often a concern to university students whose significant other goes
away to another school
Usually the person left behind is really concerned about what will
happen when the person goes away will they forget about me? Will
they meet someone else? Will they miss me more?
The funnies!
Graph jam allows people to make pie graphs about everyday things/obvious things
In one graph that looks at looking in the fridge big part of pie = thinking, small
part of pie = looking for food
Not usually thinking about food, usually thinking about other stuff
When people go to the fridge, are they actually looking for food or going there
to think?
How often when someone goes to the fridge do they come out with food?
How much time do people spend looking in the fridge? & how much of that time
is used to look for food instead of thinking
Can do a neurological assessment look at the brain wave patterns and see how
it changes when they open the fridge
Extend previous research
Most common way people get research ideas psychology is a cumulative field
occasionally research starts from scratch
What are the questions that were left unanswered by study X?
For example, on science daily that summarizes research it talks about Kangaroo
Care when a mother who is breast feeding if she maintains skin-skin contact
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