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Research Design (PSYC 3980) Theory Data Cycle Chapter 1

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Research Design In Psychology (PSYC 3980)

Research Producers, Research Consumers
a. Producer of Research: expect to deepen understanding of psychological inquiry
b. Consumer of Research: develop the ability to read about research with curiosity and
interpret with a critical eye
i. Evidence based treatments: therapies that are supported by research
ii. How Scientists Approach Their Work
a. Empiricism: involves using evidence from the senses or from instruments that assist
senses as the basis for conclusions; knowledge of behavior is gained through observing
b. Theory-Data Cycle: scientists collect data to test, change, or update their theories; data
feeds the theory as it changes and continues to be tested; CANNOT HOLD THEORY THAT
ISN’T SUPPORTED BY DATA

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