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PSY300 General Psychology




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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