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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 2360
Professor
Naseem Al- Aidroos
Semester
Winter

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ReviewandDiscussionQuestions(Chapter1) 1. Behaviouralresearchisthestudyofhumanbehavioursowecanbetterunderstandhowpeople think,feel,perceive,makedecisionsandinteractwithothers.Itisimportanttoconductbehavioural researchsowecanguidepublicpolicy,improveuponmethodsforimprovingthelivesofothers,and understandwhatmethodsaremosteffects,amongothers.Onelimitationofbehaviouralresearchis theextenttowhichsomebehaviourscanbemeasuredandtestedunderlabconditionsandnaturalistic observation,sometimes,ethicsbecomesaproblem. 2. Behaviouralresearchisanewerfieldofresearchcomparedtoresearchfromthenaturalsciences,but stillfollowsthesamescientificmethodasanyotherresearchdoesandobviously,withdifferentgoals thantheseotherfields. 3. Behaviouralscientistsareoftenwaryofusingtheirintuitioninunderstandingbehaviourbecause oftenourintuitionleadsustoincorrectconclusionswhicharethen,notinvestigatedtothefullest extent.Ourconfidenceinsomethingdoesnotreflectaccuracyasavarietyofbiasesinfluenceour conclusionsifwearenotcareful. 4. Thescientificmethodisasystemofrulesandvaluesaresearcherfollowssotheirconclusionsarevalid canbereplicatedandultimatelyleadtoaccumulationofinformationonthetopic.Thescientific methodmustbeobjective,meaningthereisnopriorexpectationsorpersonalbiasesontheresearch. Thismethodmustalsodistinguishbetweenfactsandvalues.Factsareobjectivestatementsthatare determinedtobeaccuratewhilevaluescannotbeconsideredtrueorfalsebutmightbeinfluencedby factspresented. 5. Mostlyoutlinedabove. 6. Scienceisoftenobjectiveinhowwecollectdataforresearch.Thescientificmethod,iffollowed, ensuresthattheresearchisfreeofpersonalbiasesandpriorexpectations.Theresearchermustalsobe willingtoletgooftheirintuitionifitmeansthatasimplerexplanationcanbeused.Scienceis moreobjectivedependingonthetypeofresearchweconduct.Often,innaturalisticobservation studies,behaviourmustbeoperationallydefinedtoensureconsistencyamongobservers.These operationaldefinitionsareoftenbasedontheresearcher‟sideaofthebehaviourandwhatthe experimentismeasuring.Also,formingahypothesiscanalsobesomewhatobjectiveespeciallyif theresearcherisusinganinductive
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