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AP Psychology Unit II - Research Methods

AP Psychology Unit II - Research Methods

Author: Leah Kurtz

Storify for Unit II Vocabulary:

Differentiate types of research (e.g., experiments, correlational studies, survey research, naturalistic observations, and case studies) with regard to purpose, strengths, and weaknesses.

Describe how research design drives the reasonable conclusions that can be drawn (e.g., experiments are useful for determining cause and effect; the use of experimental controls reduces alternative explanations).

Identify independent, dependent, confounding, and control variables in experimental designs.

Distinguish between random assignment of participants to conditions in experiments and random selection of participants, primarily in correlational studies and surveys.

Predict the validity of behavioral explanations based on the quality of research design (e.g., confounding variables limit confidence in research conclusions).

Distinguish the purposes of descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.

Apply basic descriptive statistical concepts, including interpreting and constructing graphs and calculating simple descriptive statistics (e.g., measures of central tendency, standard deviation).

Discuss the value of reliance on operational definitions and measurement in behavioral research.

Identify how ethical issues inform and constrain research practices.

Describe how ethical and legal guidelines (e.g., those provided by the American Psychological Association, federal regulations, local institutional review boards) protect research participants and promote sound ethical practice.

In this unit, you will view the video and PowerPoint, then take a short quiz to assess your understanding of the materials.

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Crash Course Psychology #2: Psychological Research

Unit II PowerPoint

Research Article - Unit II

Read the attached research article, and answer the following questions via by the due date:

1. Provide background information of the study at hand. Who was/were the researcher(s) involved in this study? What question(s) were they attempting to answer? What were their hypotheses/theories?

2. Describe the researchers’ methods. How did they test their hypothesis?

3. What were the results of this study?

4. What were the researchers’ conclusions? Was their hypothesis correct? How so?

5. In what ways were their findings significant?

6. Discuss recent applications of this study. If you were asked to modify this study in some way, how would you go about doing so?


Source: Forty Studies that Changed Psychology: Explorations into the History of Psychological Research - By Roger R. Hock

Unit II - List of all vocabulary

This is the complete list of AP Psychology vocabulary for Twitter this unit. As you work on your tweet, make sure you include your number and letter. I will not accept tweets without those this unit!


Source: Worth Publishers: David Myers' Psychology