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Question;University of Phoenix Material;Understanding the Research Process;Resources: Ch. 1, 2, and;7 of Psychology;This required Portfolio;assignment will provide you with the opportunity to practice and hone your;research skills. It has been designed to help you think scientifically;about real world problems and issues and to apply your knowledge of the;research process to various topics in Psychology. This assignment;accomplishes that goal by challenging you to;?;Differentiate between the common use of the word research and the use of the word research in the social and behavioral;sciences;?;Identify the major steps in the research process using a;classic study in Psychology as an example.;Part I: Defining Research;The word research is used in many different ways. Consider the following examples;?;Your friend tells you that he intends to;research different hair products before deciding on one to buy.;?;A real estate agent advises you to research;home values in your neighborhood before putting your house on the market.;?;A police officer reports that she is doing;?some research? on possible motives for a crime that was committed.;?;A writer states that he does ?extensive;research? before beginning his fictional works.;Answer the questions below;1.;How is research defined in the social and behavioral sciences?;2.;What makes scientific research different from the examples provided;above? In your response, be sure to;address the characteristics of ?good? psychological research.;Part II: Understanding the;research process;Researchers in Psychology follow a systematic process of;investigation. Carefully read Chapter 2 of your textbook, paying special;attention to the section on Experimental Research. Then go to Chapter 7 in your textbook and;read the following section: Research In-Depth: Counterfactuals and ?If Only??;Thinking. Answer the questions below;using Medvec & colleagues? first;study as an example;1.;What hypothesis did Medvec & colleagues;set out to test in their first study of the ?near miss? phenomenon? Describe the theory associated with this;hypothesis.;2.;Identify the variables in the study and;describe how they were measured. How did;the researchers operationalize (test or measure) affective response upon;winning a bronze or silver medal?;3.;Who were the participants in the study and;what did they do?;4.;Describe the data that were collected and;analyzed.;5.;Describe the results of the study. What did the researchers conclude?;6.;If you were to design a follow-up experiment;on this subject, what might it be?


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