Essay on Psy300

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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
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Scientific researchers examine the information of others and then form their outcome based on what is formulated, and not what hasn’t been studied.

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.
Medvec & colleagues set out to test satisfaction after first hearing outcome of 1992 summer Olympics competition. Whether an individual who won third place would be less upset than the individual who won second place based on the ‘if only thinking’. The competition program was recorded and provided the ability to observe in slow motion facial reaction to it competition receiving gold, silver, and bronze medals. The ‘near miss’ phenomenon or counterfactual thinking theory associated with Medvec hypothesis test how individual feel react after a situation occurs. Such as when you get stopped at a stop light after you tried taking a short cut.

2. Identify the variables in the study and describe how

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