Unit - 2 Research Methods


Module 4

Did We Know It All Along? Hindsight Bias

• How can the scientific method help us draw more informed conclusions?


• In what ways is our confidence in our predictions often wrong?

Perceiving Order in Random Events

• Why is it important to understand how randomness works?

The Scientific Attitude: Curious, Skeptical, and Humble

• Why is curiosity important to a psychologist?

• Why is skepticism important to a psychologist?

• Why is humility important to a psychologist?

Critical Thinking

• Why is critical thinking important to science?

• What value does critical thinking provide to the scientific process?

Module 5

The Scientific Method

• How does the popular conception of a “theory” differ from the scientific use of the term?

• Why are operational definitions important to the scientific process?

• Why is replication such an important function of science?


• How can a descriptive research method advance knowledge of a behavior or mental process?

Module 6


• What is the value of knowing that 2 variables are related?

• Why is correlation not the same as causation?


• Why is it important to know how 2 variables influence each other?

• Why is randomness important to experimentation?

• Why is it important to control variables in an experiment?

Module 7

The Need for Statistics

• How can knowing about statistics help you make more informed decisions?

Descriptive Statistics

• How does knowledge of the properties of the normal curve and central tendency help you make more informed decisions?

• What are the limits of descriptive statistics?

Inferential Statistics

• Why is it important to know that a difference between

Module 8

Psychology Applied

• What can psychological science tell us about everyday life?

Ethics in Research

• Should all psychology studies be conducted ethically?

• Why does following ethical procedures matter?


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Correlation & Causation


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