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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY 3791
Professor
Pamela Shapiro
Semester
Fall

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Conducting Research 3ISources of research ideas aExperienceiUnsystematic observationunplanned starting points for researchiiSystematic observationplanned Includes carefully planned personal observations published research reports and your own previous or ongoing research IITheoryaTheory a set of assumptions about the causes of behavior and rules that specify how those causes actbDesigned to account for known relationships among given variables and behaviorcCan lead to the development of research questions in two waysiAllows you to predict the behavior expected under new combinations of variablesiiCan generate research ideas arises when two or more alternative theories account for the same initial observationsdThe need to solve a realworld applied issue can also be a rich source of research ideasIIIDeveloping good research questionsaTo be objective a question must meet 3 criteriaiMust be able to make the observations under precisely defined conditions
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