To begin researching something, you have to have a problem, concern, or issue that has turned into a question. These can come from observing the world, prior research, professional literature, or from peers. Research really begins with the right question, because your question must be answerable. Questions like, 'How can I cure cancer? It's too vague and not testable. Having a question creates an internal state of 'I need to know something. Since you are reading this in a psychology section, we will put a psychological slant on this, and hopefully lose some of the baking metaphors.
Psychological researchers want to learn and understand human behavior. It can be about how people think, how they feel, how they behave, or some combination of these issues. Research, and the understanding that follows, trickles down from the scientists and alters society.
There is constant and competing research. For example, about what is the best way to punish and rehabilitate criminals such as Zimbardo's prison experiment , the best and worst ways to raise children Bowlby and attachment, Spock and children , and how to treat the mentally ill with too many to count. More specifically, psychological research is used to measure, describe, and categorize human behavior. This can result in understanding what might be called normal behavior. More interesting and more often researched are the abnormal behaviors, those that eventually become categorized and labeled with a diagnosis.
A diagnosis is a constellation of common behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that occur together. For example, many people suffer from depression, and research has found that exercise, psychotropic medication, and therapy have reduced and sometimes eliminated the feelings of sadness, guilt, and worthlessness that come from depression. Research begins with an issue that comes from an observation. Let's say I am walking down the street and I see two pigeons sitting at two different windows.
I'm weird, so I'll call the first pigeon Stu and the second pigeon Bill. When I walk past Stu the pigeon, I see him pecking at the glass. When I walk past Bill the pigeon, I see him just sitting there, chilling like pigeons do. So, I formulate a question: This is background research to help me understand what I am looking for or at. Next, I have to figure out how to answer my question.
There are many ways a question can be answered; most psychological studies use laboratory experiments or naturalistic studies, which will be explored in more in depth in another lesson.
I plan on observing Stu and Bill every day I walk past them to answer my question. It isn't the most elegant or accurate study, but it should give me an answer. I create a hypothesis , which is like creating a prediction of what I think is happening: Get access risk-free for 30 days, just create an account.
By observing them, I am conducting a simple experiment and testing this hypothesis. Of the two pigeons, I learn that Stu is being fed by the people who live in the apartment behind the window, and he gets their attention by clicking on the window. I review my data and come to a conclusion. Stu pecks for food, and Bill does not. Stu gets food, while Bill gets none.
My hypothesis was correct. Typically, people with advanced degrees develop and work on research projects. Foremost amongst them are the PhDs, or Doctors of Philosophy. They take several research-based courses when earning their degree and produce a piece of original work called a dissertation prior to graduation. A PsyD focuses primarily on clinical work with patients and clients, but has received some training in research methodology.
Many PhDs and PsyDs use research assistants. These can be people earning their advanced degrees or undergraduates. Really, anyone can help out as long as they're supervised.
But, who are these doctors and helpers? Researchers are most often employed by a larger organization, such as a university, a private company, or the military. They are employed by their organization and often perform research to further their organizations' end.
Universities often have the broadest type of research and produce the most, with many professionals publishing in their specialty field. Some of the more famous published psychological researchers include Philip Zimbardo, Stanley Milgram, and Erik Erikson. Companies usually perform research that is helpful to the company, such as how to improve their packaging, how to make their advertisement stick in your head, and ways to improve their company image.
The most famous of these researchers is John Watson, who is one of the most successful psychologists of all time. The military often uses researchers to explore ideas, such as how to train better soldiers, how to reduce battlefield stress, and similar military-themed research.
Examples of researchers in this area include S. So, what is research? It is a careful and detailed study into a specific problem. A professional researcher, usually a PhD or PsyD , turns this problem into an answerable question and a hypothesis by looking at previous research, conducting an experiment, and reviewing their findings. The previous research can come from their own experiments, other experiments that have been published in professional literature, and by speaking to peers and colleagues.
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Psychological research helps to shape our society - from the way we raise our children to the way we treat our criminals and military enemies. Research Definition Research is a careful and detailed study into a specific problem, concern, or issue using the scientific method. Purpose of Psychological Research Psychological researchers want to learn and understand human behavior.
The researcher analyzed data from interviews of two special education teachers who work in the Autism School in Kuwait. Special education teachers' attitudes toward autistic students in the autism school in the State of Kuwait: This is certainly true, but in order to ascribe proper meanings to the attitudes or habits of those in a "strange" culture, the researcher must externalize and evaluate her own attitudes and habits.
Reflection and validity in qualitative research. Johns Hopkins University researcher Robert Slavin has proposed a solution called "paired awards. Flipping the research coin. Ryosuke Takahashi, Chair of Neurology and Clinical Research at Kyoto University and a leading researcher in motor neurodegeneration, also commented on his colleagues' findings. Embryonic stem cell research: Of the many ingredients to writing a "winning proposal" prescribed by NSERC, critical constructive review by an experienced researcher seems to be the one most frequently overlooked.
NSERC discovery grant competitions: Thanos, a Brookhaven National Laboratory researcher , trained rats to regularly take alcohol, then introduced additional D2 receptors into their brains. University of California, San Francisco, AIDS researcher William Woods, whose name is on the list of , says he is reluctant to talk about it because of the atmosphere of fear and intimidation that such a list produces.
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