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PSYB01 1 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 candidates 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 dont reach the same popularity level (ex. Maru) Blogs 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 PSYB01 2 Lecture 2 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 owners 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 dont really carry out threats this is something that can be tested twos 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 testable 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 dont 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 4PSYB01 3 Lecture 2 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 its 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 every
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