Research Methods
Test Date: 10/3

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EXTRA PRACTICE!!(Complete and bring in if you want, and I will tell you if you've got the concepts.)





9/29/2011
Objective: Examine how z-scores and t-tests expand on standard deviations to further analyze data.



9/28/2011
Objective: Examine the value of standard deviation, and explain how it provides a more accurate understanding of the data than calculating the mean or other measures of central tendency do.




Video on standard deviation can be found here. (Start watching around 14:11, and watch about the tall people and baseball.)

9/27/2011
Objective: Students will examine measures of central tendency and the problem of outliers.


- assigned for homework - due 9/28
THERE WAS ANOTHER SHEET ASSIGNED FOR HOMEWORK THAT IS NOT YET ON THE WEBSITE. IT WILL BE ON THE WEBSITE BY EARLY THIS EVENING. IF YOU ARE VISITING THIS SITE BECAUSE YOU WERE NOT IN CLASS, BE SURE TO VISIT AGAIN TO GET THE ADDITIONAL HW SHEET.










9/26/2011
Objective: Students will identify pros and cons of selected descriptive research methods.

We discussed two homework assignments, and went over target answers.

We also reviewed operational definitions, which many students have struggled with.



9/23/2011
Objective: Students will demonstrate knowledge of correlation coefficients, and understand the difference between negative and positive correlations, as well as know what purpose correlations serve.
*We did the correlation activity showing a relationship between shoe size and height, and also did the illusory correlation activity.*


9/22/2011
Objective: Students will distinguish between confounding and control variables, and demonstrate their knowledge of identifying all 4 types of variables we have discussed, and how the four variables interact with one another. Students will also be exposed to the power of the "placebo effect"



9/21/2011
Objective: Students will demonstrate knowledge of variables by identifying the independent and dependent variables; students will demonstrate an ability to produce an effective hypothesis and operational definition.



- assigned in class for a classwork grade.




- assigned as homework, due tomorrow, 9/22.


9/20/2011
Objective: Discuss 3 hurdles that tend to skew our logic when we examine psychological questions, and discuss our personal experience with each.
We did a classroom activity that demonstrated the overconfidence theory. (Truth or Lie?)




9/19/2011
Objective: Explain the importance of curious skepticism, and see how The Amazing Randi uses this skepticism to expose pseudopsychologies.

- Our classroom activity exposed the pseudo psychology of astrology, and human gullibility in terms of horoscopes.





NOT SHOWN IN CLASS...


9/16/2011
Objective: Explain the various schools of psychology, and explain what psychology is.

- questions due Monday, 9/19. Terms due Friday, 9/23.