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  Psychological research methods - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A very wide range of research methods are used in psychology.
Observational study, in which researchers study a population while attempting to change as little as possible.
Experimental study, in which researchers change a variable in the group being studied.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Psychological_research_methods   (130 words)

 Psychological Research Methods and Statistics
Descriptive statistics include a variety of methods of summarizing numerical data in ways that make them more easily interpretable, including diagrams, graphs, and numerical summaries such as means (averages), standard deviations (measures of variability), correlations (measures of the degree to which two variables are related to each other), and so forth.
Inferential statistical methods are devoted to interpreting data and enabling researchers to decide whether the results of their experiments are statistically significant or may be explained by mere chance.
In addition, some research questions are concerned not with causal effects but with whether and to what extent two or more variables are related, and in these cases correlational studies are obviously the methods of choice.
www.le.ac.uk /psychology/amc/lepsrese.html   (1982 words)

 Research Methods: Cyberlab for Psychological Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
When a researcher is ready to formulate a study, he or she chooses from several different methods.
Researchers should be inconspicuous and do nothing to change the environment or behavior of the participants.
This method is very quick and efficient; however it is sometimes difficult to gain in-depth knowledge from a survey and there is no guarantee that the person taking the survey is being open and honest.
faculty.frostburg.edu /mbradley/researchmethods.html   (773 words)

Rather than research methods being arranged in a vertical hierarchy with an experiment at the top and other methods arranged below, indicating their lesser status, I now see the variety of research methods arranged in a sort of horizontal menu.
And the qualitative methods, with a worldview where experience is primary, where meaning is central, and where the world is more created than discovered, is based on ontological and epistemological assumptions that meaning and phenomenology is primary and that meaning is created.
Psychological research is a matter of vindication: vindicating a program, a therapy, a view, or a way of describing experience and behavior.
clem.mscd.edu /~davisj/prm2/comments.html   (1470 words)

 Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Animals
Research on animals may not be conducted until the protocol has been reviewed by an appropriate animal care committee, for example, an institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC), to ensure that the procedures are appropriate and humane.
In addition to the federal requirements to provide for the psychological well-being of nonhuman primates used in research, psychologists are encouraged to consider enriching the environments of their laboratory animals and should keep abreast of literature on well-being and enrichment for the species with which they work.
Research conducted in populated areas should be done with respect for the property and privacy of the inhabitants of the area.
www.apa.org /science/anguide.html   (2153 words)

 Roehampton University: MSc/PGDip/PGCert Applied Psychological Research Methods
The MSc in Applied Psychological Research Methods programme is distinctive in providing students with an exciting opportunity to develop expertise in a range of both quantitative and qualitative research methods with a focus on their application to real-world issues.
The Applied Psychological Research Methods postgraduate certificate programme addresses core features of applied psychological research methods focusing on different forms of data and how they can be collected including detailed considerations of ethics, values and discrimination.
The range of methods are likely to include: Conversation Analysis (applied to autistic spectrum disorders, aphasia); Correlational and Multiple Regression (applied to adult psychopathology); Experimental Methods (applied to studying human cognitive skills); Phenomenology and Narrative Analysis (applied to studying self-regulation); q-methodology (applied to understanding sexuality).
www.roehampton.ac.uk /pg/psychology   (408 words)

 I-WHO: MSc in Psychological Research Methods   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The MSc in Psychological Research methods is based on two taught semesters of full-time study, from late September 2004 to mid June 2005, plus the summer period, ending September 2005, when an empirical research project is undertaken.
The course structure is hierarchical, progressing from generic skills relating to research and career development, through the knowledge and skills commonly required for effective psychological research, to those more specifically and particularly related to the student’s chosen area of study.
Through the portfolio, students are introduced to basic principles in the philosophy of science, key issues related to research methods and testing and assessment, the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; basic principles in epidemiology and the use of SPSS in psychological research.
www.nottingham.ac.uk /iwho/study/pg_education/PRM.htm   (1207 words)

 Gamasutra - Features "GDC 2002: Beyond Psychological Theory: Getting Data that Improves Games"
While I think using psychological theories as aids to think about games and gamers is certainly useful, I think that psychology has much more to offer than theory.
But before I talk about how psychological research methods can help improve games, I need to first explain more about how psychological theories are helpful, and the limitations they have with respect to game design.
Some examples might make this clearer--one common intuitive psychological belief about attraction is that "opposites attract." However many people (and many of the same people) also believe the opposite, that "birds of a feather flock together." Both of these ideas have some merit and are probably true in some ways for most people.
www.gamasutra.com /gdc2002/features/fulton/fulton_01.htm   (1558 words)

 Psychology research methods.
Placement of research participants into experimental conditions in a manner which guarantees that all have an equal chance of being exposed to each level of the independent variable.
D Debriefing A procedure at the conclusion of a research session in which participants are given full information about the nature and hypotheses of the study.
Excitation transfer A psychological process in which arousal caused by one stimulus is transferred and added to arousal elicited by a second stimulus.
members.cruzio.com /~zdino/psychology/research.psychology.methods.htm   (9836 words)

 phat guide
Research helps bring us closer to understanding how to train pilots, to cut down on the spread of HIV, to treat anxiety disorders, to negotiate contracts, to help children and adults deal with bullies, and to make a client's testimony more believable.
Let's say you are a brilliant researcher who is interested in a devising a new and improved measure of psychological stress.
Remember that even if you (a) don't like what the research suggests, the research still could be meaningful, informative, and right, or (b) agree with the conclusions, or they seem to fit with what you've experienced, the conclusions could be misleading or wrong.
faculty.vassar.edu /jamorrow/phat/phat00.html   (11343 words)

 MSc in Psychological Research Methods at Lancaster University
MSc in Psychological Research Methods at Lancaster University
It is usually the case that students taking Psychological Research Methods as a stand alone course fund themselves, but those intending to continue to PhD level are able to apply for financial support from the ESRC.
The ESRC has recognised the Lancaster MSc in Psychological Research Methods as an approved research training course, such that the Department is able to support ESRC 1+3 studentship applications for the academic year 2002/2003 until the end of the current recognition cycle in approximately 2006.
www.psych.lancs.ac.uk /pg/mscmeth_info.html   (711 words)

 MSc Psychological Research Methods
This course is designed for graduates who wish to expand and enhance their understanding of and application of research methods, and for established professionals who wish to undertake Continuing Professional Development in research methods.
It covers: the range of quantitative and qualitative methods, techniques, and statistical analyses used in Psychological research; theoretical, historical and philosophical issues; and advanced use of computer packages such as SPSS, AMOS and NUD*IST.
The overall course aim is to provide training and to facilitate the development of skills that enable the student to carry out original research of high quality in Psychology.
www.wmin.ac.uk /sshl/page-340   (470 words)

 Psychological Research: Methods for Discovery and Validation:007066787X:Vadum, Arlene C.; Rankin, Neil O.:eCampus.com
Research Methods 1st edition, by Arlene Vadum and Neil Rankin, is unique in its presentation of the context in which modern research methods originated and evolved--the human side of research methods is presented along side with the technical information, making a difficult subject more understandable and interesting to students.
The development of modern research methods and ethical principles is explained with examples and logic from the scientists and psychologists who originated them.
The last three chapters of the text are designed to help the student prepare research studies and reports in the APA style, as is required by most courses.
www.ecampus.com /bk_detail.asp?isbn=007066787X   (170 words)

 Research Methods in the Social Sciences: An Internet Resource List   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This paper outlines a definition of health-related behavioral and social sciences research that was developed over the past year in consultation with behavioral and social scientists and science organizations.
Univariate statistical methods are expanded gradually, first thoroughly exploring bivariate statistical methods (linear transformations with two variables, multiple regression with two independent variables) and culminating with multiple regression models.
Research Randomizer can be used in a wide variety of situations, including psychological experimentation, medical trials, and survey research.
www.library.miami.edu /netguides/psymeth.html   (1953 words)

 M.Sc. Psychological Research Methods   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This course provides an in-depth training in both the quantitative and qualitative methods employed in contemporary psychological research.
The course covers critical appreciation of existing research and research methods, philosophical foundations of approaches to research within cognitive and social psychology, formulation of hypotheses, designing and reporting experiments using a range of research methodologies, and subject-specific IT skills.
If you would like to carry out research in any area of contemporary psychology, either at PhD level or in the private sector, this course will provide you with a range of appropriate research skills and experiences.
www.psyc.bbk.ac.uk /courses/msc_research_methods   (320 words)

 Psychological Research Methods (MSc and Postgraduate Diploma)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The research placement may be taken at any convenient time before the middle of the fourth semester: the report will be due at the end of the semester
Research placements will be assessed on the basis of a written report submitted before the end of the Spring semester.
A dissertation reporting on a research project should be submitted for the degree before the start of the semester following completion of the programme of instruction.
www.calendar.stir.ac.uk /2004-2005/HS/PG/HSpsycresmeth.htm   (645 words)

 research methods syllabus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This course covers experimental research methods in Social Psychology (and, to some extent, related disciplines).
Research design, data collection, analysis, validity, and report writing will all be covered.
Be sure to describe your hypothesis and the rationale underlying it, the methods you will use (including concrete descriptions of the independent and dependent variables), and your expected results.
oregonstate.edu /~edwardjo/Res-Med.htm   (1516 words)

 APA Style Guide - M. Plonsky, Ph.D.
With other types of research you should try to include the variables of interest in the title (and be careful not to imply causality).
Sometimes researchers combine the design and procedure sections, however, in an experimental psychology or research methods class, a separate design section is typically required.
It is often useful to use headings (and perhaps subheadings) in the body of the research report to help communicate the outline and organization of the paper to the reader.
www.uwsp.edu /psych/apa4b.htm   (5296 words)

 'Drama of the American Working Family' Examined
Armed with a $3.6 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and a wide range of anthropological, linguistic and psychological research methods, a team of UCLA faculty is gearing up for a landmark study of a species under considerable stress: the middle-class, dual-income family.
In addition to ethnographic videorecording, a field researcher will use ecological sampling methods from archaeology and primatology to collect additional ethnographic information about how family members utilize home spaces and "artifacts." A particular interest is in spaces in homes that bring people together and separate them.
Ochs is known for her research on the role that language plays in socialization and emotional well-being across the life span and across cultures.
www.physorg.com /news3512.html   (1260 words)

 Types of Rsch Methods   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Done before making observations, including clarifying the meaning of the concepts used in the research, the operational definitions of the variables, and methodological issues, such as identifying the research participant pool and ethics of the procedures.
Research using quantitative methods to describe phenomena as they exist.
These are quantitative methods which aim to manipulate and control variables in order to establish cause-and-effect relationships.
www.naropa.edu /faculty/johndavis/prm2/types1.html   (198 words)

 London Metropolitan University » Module Catalogue » PY2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This module is designed to develop the student’s ability to design psychological investigations, to understand the ethical implications of these investigations, and to assess the data collected.
To introduce students to methods of psychological investigation and to develop their ability to design psychological investigations, to understand the ethical implications of these investigations, and to assess the data collected.
The focus is on considering the relative merits of different non-factorial experimental designs, teaching appropriate quantitative methods of analysis and introducing students to qualitative methods (A2, A3).To develop students' use of computer-based statistical packages.
www.londonmet.ac.uk /module-catalogue/PY2001   (506 words)

 Postgraduate Student Profiles - MSc Psychological Research Methods
The course was challenging, providing in depth coverage of both qualitative and quantitative methods, but it was also a rewarding experience.
It was ideal for me. It gave me a good grounding in statistics and research methods, which have come in very handy, and plenty of options to keep me interested.
The department as a whole is very friendly and supportive, and the staff teaching on the course were approachable and available to go through any problems that had arisen.
www.psych.lancs.ac.uk /pg/studentprofiles_msc.html   (365 words)

 London Metropolitan University » Module Catalogue » PY2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
To introduce students to further qualitative methods and develop their skills in the analysis of qualitative data.
To develop students’ competence in the design, execution, analysis and reporting of psychological investigations, and in the assessment of ethical implications (A2, A3).
Lectures and class exercises.Students select a general area psychological investigation (from at least six introduced at the beginning of the module) and design and carry out studies within the area.
www.londonmet.ac.uk /module-catalogue/PY2002   (554 words)

 Psychological Research Methods   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This site provides resources for hands-on learning in research methods and statistics.
Experiments in Psychology -- learn the logic of research methods by participating as a subject in classic experiments.
Support from the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Denver is gratefully acknowledged.
www.du.edu /psychology/methods   (57 words)

 Open University qualification - MSc in Psychological Research Methods
The MSc in Psychological Research Methods provides training to an advanced level in a range of research methods in psychology.
You are strongly advised to start your studies with the research methods foundation course Introduction to research: basic skills and survey methods (DT840).
After gaining 60 points from Introduction to research: basic skills and survey methods (DT840) (or D840 or DTZY840) you will qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Sciences Research Methods (C52) and with an additional 60 points including Advanced experimental design and analysis (D841) you can gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Research Methods (E11).
www3.open.ac.uk /courses/bin/p12.dll?Q01F20   (633 words)

 MSc/PgDip Psychological Research Methods - University of Plymouth   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This course was designed as a stand-alone master's programme suitable for those wishing to pursue a research career outside academia, and as the necessary research training for those wishing to take a PhD.
We aim to equip you with high-level research skills and give you the opportunity to apply these skills in original psychological research.
Special emphasis is placed on practical research skills and communication - these are integrated in project work to achieve professional standards of psychological research.
www.plymouth.ac.uk /courses/postgraduate/taught/1478/MSc%2FPgDip+Psychological+Research+Methods   (299 words)

 Proforma Psychological Research Methods   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The lectures are designed to facilitate an understanding of the principles underlying the conduct of research in psychology.
The extra credit for research participation is designed to give students experience of being a subject in 'real' research.
Coolican, H. Research methods and statistics in psychology.
www.bcuc.ac.uk /main.asp?page=3821   (362 words)

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