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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 3850
Professor
Carol Anne Hendry
Semester
Summer

Description
Chapter 2 – Developing a Research Hypothesis Phase 1: • Observation and Intuition o  ▯can develop research ideas based on intuition or personal observations • review past literature o look at whats been done    ▯start broad (secondary) & progress to specific levels (primary)   ▯start with newest sources, and then work backwords in tim o Gold standard of information   ▯Peer Reviewed! o Literature reviews raise new questionsL  Limiting conditions •  ▯find the limits of a paper, and take the next step  conflicting findings •  ▯explain why 2 papers may have came to different  conclusions. Maybe a test can explain the differences  inductive method •  ▯get ideas about the relationships among variables by  observing specific facts o data­driven, bottom­up approach o are there potential patterns in what you observe? • Deductive method: o  ▯using a theory to generate specific ideas that can  be tested through research  theory­driven, top­down approach  take theory, generate a hypothesis for it &  test it Phase 2: • Create Research Hypothesis o  ▯a specific and FALSIFIABLE prediction reguarding the relationship  between or among 2 or more variables  ex. Hypothesis = viewing violence on TV affect boys • (this is very broad and too vague) • trying to conduct an experiment to prove this wrong, would 
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