Beh225 Week One Checkpoint Research Method Essay

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Yes Research Methods Checkpoint
Research Methods Checkpoint: BEH225 Week One For this Checkpoint, I completed Appendix B: Research Methods Matrix, and prepared a recommendation to be presented to the Psychologist explaining the rationale behind my choice.
SCENARIO: A psychologist is planning to conduct a study that would examine pathological liars and the quality of their romantic relationships. You have been asked to provide the psychologist with a recommendation for which research method should be used to gather data on the pathological liars and their spouses.
APPENDIX B: Using the table below list each research method and its advantages and disadvantages for use in this study. Research Method | Advantages | Disadvantages |
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| Strict control of variables offers researchers the opportunity to draw conclusions about cause-and- effect relationships. | The artificiality of the lab setting may influence subjects’ behavior; unexpected and uncontrolled variables may confound results; many variables cannot be controlled and manipulated. |

RECOMMENDATION TO PSYCHOLOGIST: In regard to the scenario, I recommend the Case Studies research method as the best of the five presented. My rationale for that choice is it provides a means for the studier to determine if the partner of the pathological liar is an enabler. I can recall that during my research toward attaining my Associate’s Degree in Human Service Management from Axia College of University of Phoenix -- with a focus on Autism –that a study on the different brain structure of pathological liars yielded controversial results. According to Ellis-Christensen (2010):
An interesting study on pathological lying published in the October 2005 British Journal of Psychiatry suggest that the pathological liar may have a slightly different brain than those people disposed to tell the truth. In the prefrontal cortex of the brain, pathological liars were shown to have 26% more white matter than do people with other psychological disorders who don’t lie. Previously, white matter has been linked to ability to lie. Lower amounts of white matter is typical in the

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