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PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology - Textbook

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain how scientific research addresses questions about behavior
  • Discuss how scientific research guides public policy
  • Appreciate how scientific research can be important in making personal decisions
  • Describe the different research methods used by psychologists
  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of case studies, naturalistic observation, surveys, and archival research
  • Compare longitudinal and cross-sectional approaches to research
  • Explain what a correlation coefficient tells us about the relationship between variables
  • Recognize that correlation does not indicate a cause-and-effect relationship between variables
  • Discuss our tendency to look for relationships between variables that do not really exist
  • Explain random sampling and assignment of participants into experimental and control groups
  • Discuss how experimenter or participant bias could affect the results of an experiment
  • Identify independent and dependent variables"
  • Discuss how research involving human subjects is regulated
  • Summarize the processes of informed consent and debriefing
  • Explain how research involving animal subjects is regulated

Reading


Click on the links below to access the assigned reading.

     3.1 Human Genetics
     3.2 Cells of the Nervous System
     3.3 Parts of the Nervous System
     3.4 The Brain and Spinal Cord
     3.5 The Endocrine System

 

Attribution

Biopsychology. Authored by: OpenStax CNX. Located at: http://cnx.org/content/col11629/latest. License: CC BY-4.0. License Terms: Download for free at http://cnx.org/contents/4abf04bf-93a0-45c3-9cbc-2cefd46e68cc@12.2.