Lecture 3 Notes

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16 Feb 2011
C18: Lecture 3
Scholasticism: Isnt thinking in a critical way
You have an idea/theory in mind that lead you to hypotheses in the real world
Deductive: you dont care what the specificities is in experiencing loss, i.e. the
variation of sadness
Focus is making multiple observations in the phenomenon
Hold off on moving to the macro level
Do it in way thats driven by the observations you made
You need to have multiple frames of reference, multiple dependable
Quantitative research: you are following a operational definition
e.g. How many hours of sleep did he have last night?
Qualitative research: inductive; collecting writing, conducting interviews, have them
speak to you at length; then you analyze and find themes and things particular to the
Controversy: you shouldnt be doing qualitative research; because it is not
numerical; cannot deal with confounding variables very well
Wundt felt qualitative and quantitative are complementary
Experimental psychology
Lower mental activities, cannot study in laboratory
Quantitative methods
Social psychology
High order mental activity
Problem solving, actively thinking about the world
Cant learn about these in isolated context
Qualitative methods
Qualitative weaknesses:
Increased chance to be biased the more you know your clients
Quantitative weaknesses:
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