Importance Of Reading Methods In Behavioral Research

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The purpose of this class was to introduce psychological research techniques and methodology so that the student will be able to communicate their ideas in a scientific manner. Research comes in many different forms and this class has introduced several of those methods. Each method is based on scientific processes however each one may also be viewed in a biblical Christian perspective.
Research can be Complicated!
I have learned that there are many steps and procedures involved with research. While reading Methods in Behavioral Research (2015), I discovered that there are four goals involved in scientific research and that behavioral research generally falls into two categories. There are also numerous ways to obtain valuable information
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Previously when I thought about the American Psychological Association (APA) my understanding was that it was all about formatting papers. However, due to taking the introduction to research class I now know that it is so much more. The APA has established a code of ethics that every researcher must adhere too. The code, which can be found online at consist of five basic principles that if followed will make sure that no one is harmed while being part of a research project. These five principles are “beneficence and nonmaleficence, fidelity and responsibility, integrity, justice, and respect for rights and responsibilities” (American Psychological Association. (2010). There are those who believe that unethical behavior is not that common but it has been shown throughout history that it is. A few of the better-known acts of unethical methods are Milgram’s obedience experiment, the Tuskegee experiment, and MKULTRA. Although each of these researchers enlisted unethical methods they differed in their approach. Milgram’s experiment used deception, the Tuskegee experiment withheld much needed medical treatment, and MKULTRA administered psychedelic drugs to involuntary participants (Dickinson, 2012). Each of these caused a different degree of harm and it makes me wonder if …show more content…
1 John 4:1 says, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (NIV). I think that this verse can be applied to research because we are not supposed to believe everything we see and hear without having evidence to back it up. In regards to behavioral research we are trying to learn how and why people act or feel the way they do so that they can be helped. This falls in line with the work of Jesus as he was always helping and serving others. Philippians 2:4 sums up the part of a researcher when it says, “not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others”. Research is a good thing as long as it used for good and does not cause harm to

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