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1Chapter 1: Thinking critically with psychological science Introduction
2Fact or FalsehoodHuman intuition is remarkable accurate and free from error.Most people seem to lack confidence in the accuracy of their beliefs.Case studies are particularly useful because of the similarities we all share.We tend to overestimate the number of people who share our attitudes and beliefs.The opinions of 1500 randomly selected people can provide a very accurate picture of the opinions of an entire nation.
3Fact or FalsehoodThe scientific finding that children who watch violence on television tend to be violent proves that viewing violence causes it.Listening to a tape with a subliminal message suggesting that you have a good memory can actually help improve your memory.The purpose of the experiment is to re-create behaviors exactly as they occur in everyday life.An analysis of the research indicates that psychologists have sometimes unnecessarily caused extreme pain to animals.As a science, psychology is objective and value-free.
4Fact or FalsehoodNow at the top of your paper, predict how many you think you got correct.
5Fact or FalsehoodHuman intuition is remarkable accurate and free from error.Most people seem to lack confidence in the accuracy of their beliefs.Case studies are particularly useful because of the similarities we all share.We tend to overestimate the number of people who share our attitudes and beliefs.The opinions of 1500 randomly selected people can provide a very accurate picture of the opinions of an entire nation.FalseFalseFalseTrueTrue
6Fact or FalsehoodThe scientific finding that children who watch violence on television tend to be violent proves that viewing violence causes it.Listening to a tape with a subliminal message suggesting that you have a good memory can actually help improve your memory.The purpose of the experiment is to re-create behaviors exactly as they occur in everyday life.An analysis of the research indicates that psychologists have sometimes unnecessarily caused extreme pain to animals.As a science, psychology is objective and value-free.FalseFalseFalseFalseFalse
8Why do we have to learn this stuff? Psychology is first and foremost a science. Thus it is based in research.Before we delve into how to do research, you should be aware of three hurdles that tend to skew our logic.
9I KNEW IT ALL ALONG Hindsight Bias The tendency to believe, after learning the outcome, that you knew it all along.I KNEW IT ALL ALONG
10Overconfidence We tend to think we know more than we do. 82% of U.S. drivers consider themselves to be in the top 30% of their group in terms of safety.81% of new business owners felt they had an excellent chance of their businesses succeeding. When asked about the success of their peers, the answer was only 39%. (Now that's overconfidence!!!)
11Overconfidence Here are some examples of overconfidence among experts. There is no reason for anyone to have a computer in their home. (Ken Olsen, president of Digital Equipment Company, 1977)Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. (Lord Kelvin, British mathematician, physicist, and president of the British Royal Society, 1895)A severe depression like that of is outside the range of probability. (Harvard Economic Society, Weekly Letter, November 16, 1929)Man will never reach the moon, regardless of all future scientific advances. (Lee DeForest, inventor of the vacuum tube, 1957)Nuclear powered vacuum cleaner will probably be a reality within 10 years. (Alex Lewyt, manufactures of vacuum cleaners, 1955)
12Overconfidence Compare your score to your predicted score. By raise of hands, how many over predicted your score?Overconfidence is a powerful phenomenon.Overconfidence stems partly from our tendency to search for information that confirms our preconceptions.
13The Barnum EffectIt is the tendency for people to accept very general or vague characterizations of themselves and take them to be accurate.
14Impression of Psychology With hopes of satisfying curiosity, many people listen to talk-radio counselors and psychics to learn about others and themselves.Dr. Crane (radio-shrink)Psychic (Ball gazing)
15Demonstration Glass of water and paperclips. The limits of Intuition and Common SenseCounter to human intuition, water has a high surface tension, behaving as though is has a flexible skin. That skin pulls inward and resists breaking. The glass of water will develop a great bulge before the water flows over the edge.
16Thinking Critically with Psychological Science The Need for Psychological ScienceThe limits of Intuition and Common SenseMany people believe that intuition and common sense are enough to bring forth answers regarding human nature.Intuition and common sense may aid queries, but they are not free of error.The Scientific AttitudeThe Scientific Method
17Scientific AttitudeHow do we overcome the limits of our intuition, hindsight bias, and overconfidence?The scientific attitude is composed of curiosity (passion for exploration), skepticism (doubting and questioning) and humility (ability to accept responsibility when wrong).
18The Need for Psychological Science Critical Thinkingthinking that does not blindly accept arguments and conclusionsexamines assumptionsdiscerns hidden valuesevaluates evidenceThe Amazing Randi--Skeptic
19Ch 1: thinking critically with psychological science Research Methods
20Applied V. Basic Research Applied Research has clear, practical applications.YOU CAN USE IT!!!Basic Research explores questions that you may be curious about, but not intended to be immediately used.Studying how kissing changes when you get older is interesting…but that’s about it.
22For example, low self-esteem contributes to depression. TheoryA Theory is an explanation that integrates principles and organizes and predicts behavior or events.For example, low self-esteem contributes to depression.If we were to observe that depressed people talk about their past, present, and future in a gloomy manner, we may theorize that low-self-esteem contributes to depression.Psychology 7e in Modules
23People with low self-esteem are apt to feel more depressed. HypothesisExpresses a relationship between two variables.A variable is anything that can vary among participants in a study.Participating in class leads to better grades than not participating.BOOKA Hypothesis is a testable prediction, often prompted by a theory, to enable us to accept, reject or revise the theory.People with low self-esteem are apt to feel more depressed.
24Experimental Method Looking to prove causal relationships. Cause = EffectLaboratory v. Field ExperimentsSmoking causes health issues.
25Independent Variable Whatever is being manipulated in the experiment. Hopefully the independent variable brings about change.If there is a drug in an experiment, the drug is almost always the independent variable.
26Dependent Variable Whatever is being measured in the experiment. It is dependent on the independent variable.The dependent variable would be the effect of the drug.
27Operational Definitions Explain what you mean in your hypothesis.How will the variables be measured in “real life” terms.How you operationalize the variables will tell us if the study is valid and reliable.Let’s say your hypothesis is that chocolate causes violent behavior.What do you mean by chocolate?What do you mean by violent behavior?
28Sampling Identify the population you want to study. The sample must be representative of the population you want to study.GET A RANDOM SAMPLE.
29Beware of Confounding Variables The object of an experiment is to prove that A causes B.A confounding variable is anything that could cause change in B, that is not A.If I wanted to prove that smoking causes heart issues, what are some confounding variables?Lifestyle and family history may also effect the heart.
30Random AssignmentOnce you have a random sample, randomly assigning them into two groups helps control for confounding variables.Experimental Group v. Control Group.Group Matching
31Hawthorne Effect But even the control group may experience changes. Just the fact that you know you are in an experiment can cause change.Whether the lights were brighter or dimmer, production went up in the Hawthorne electric plant.
32Experimenter Bias Another confounding variable. Not a conscious act. Double-Blind Procedure.
34Participant BiasTendency of research subjects to respond in certain ways because they know they are being observedThe subjects might try to behave in ways they believe the researcher wants them to behaveCan be reduced by naturalistic observation