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Research Methods: Basic Terminology

Author: Barbara Ludins

This lesson will explain psychological research through defining the basic research design concepts of theory and hypothesis while giving an overview of how to understand psychological research.

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Notes on "Research Methods: Basic Terminology"

Terms to Know


A prediction about the effects or the relationships between variables; an educated guess.


A summary of multiple hypotheses supported by existing data.

Understanding Research

Psychologists use research to refine or redefine theories.  Theories lead to the development of hypotheses, which are then tested through psychological research.