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Psychology
Course
PSYA01H3
Professor
Steve Joordens
Semester
Fall

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PSY Exam Prep – Chap 2 5 Steps in the Scientific Method: • Question • Method • Collect • Analyze • Publish Types of studies: • Naturalistic observation: observe behaviour of people in their natural environment • Correlation study: observe and see if 2 variables have a relationship. The magnitude can range from correlation coefficient -1 to +1 (either negative correlation: one goes up one goes down, or negative correlation: both go up). • Experiment: change one variable and see if it effects another variable Nominal fallacy: the incorrect belief that one has explained a behaviour just by describing it. Operational definitions: In order for an experiment to be accurately duplicated and produce the same results each time, accurate descriptions of the variables must be provided. These are called Operational Definitions: defining a variable in terms of the operations a researcher used to measure/manipulate it. If the operational definitions are correct, then the experiment has Valid
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