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					  PSY 285

Research Methods
  * Welcome *
       Welcome to PSY 285
        Research Methods
         w/ Mike Hoerger
1. Grab a syllabus

2. Skim it over so you can ask questions

3. Sign and complete the final page to be
   returned to me at the end of class
                 Overview
•   Syllabus - Last Page
•   My Background Information
•   Detailed Review of the Syllabus
•   Research Methods Trivia
•   Homework #1
    – Due Wednesday, 9/3
        Syllabus - Last Page
• My Information…
  – Hoerger rhymes with burger,
    but call me Mike
  – Midland, and MSU
  – Clinical Work: Psych evals,
    prison substance abuse group
    therapy, individual and couple’s
    therapy - mainly in Saginaw
– Research Areas: Emotion, personality,
  assessment, depression, schizotypy
– Other Applied Activities: GSU, web design
– Interests: Sports, politics, comedy
– Concerns: Exam #1 apathy, avoiding reading
  the book, lack of accountability

– Questions?
   Why do I have to take this?
• Research and statistics provide the basis
  for drawing conclusions about human
  behavior
• You may be interested in…
  – Conducting research
  – Consuming research
  – Applying research to daily life
         Conduct Research
• Curiosity
• Add to knowledge base
• “I want to help people”
• Instrumental goals, like getting
  a job or going to grad school
• Fame and money
What if conducting research
sounds boring or unfulfilling?
          Consume Research
•   Valuable to society
•   Needed for most jobs
•   Help friends, family, and co-workers
•   Curious
   What if I’m the hedonistic,
narcissistic, individualistic type?
                  Daily Life
•   Sports
•   Persuasion
•   Personality assessment
•   Improved interpersonal functioning
•   It’s fun to be the only person in the world
    to know something
                   Syllabus
• Order the book
  online
            

• Course details

• Questions?
1 of 15: Prison
                                 Sex
  Which of the following      Offenders
  groups is least likely to
  reoffend?
                                Drug
                              Offenders


                               Violent
                              Offenders
2 of 15: Ethics
                                 Music
  Which of the following
  professional fields has not
  banned its members from
  facilitating torture?
                                 Psych




                                Medicine
3 of 15: Business
                               Crisis
 Which of the following is    Hotlines
 related to negative
 outcomes after a
 traumatic event?             Lack of
                             Treatment

                               Critical
                              Incident
                               Stress
                             Debriefing
4 of 15: Emotion
                           Death in
 Which of the following   the family
 has been shown, on
 average, to have a
 negative long-term
 emotional impact?        Abortion


                          Childhood
                           sexual
                           abuse
5 of 15: Diagnosis
                            MRI scan
 Which of the following
 methods is most accurate
 in detecting dementia?
                             Neuro-
                              psych
                             testing


                            Rorschach
                             inkblots
6 of 15: Personality Assessment
                                  Antisocial
 Someone who is prone to
 experiencing a high
 degree of “somatic
 complaints” is unlikely to
 be…                               Selfish




                                   Critical
7 of 15: Children
                             27%
 SSRIs are often
 prescribed to children to
 treat depression. What
 percentage of the
 improvement in              57%
 symptoms can be
 attributed to inert
 placebo?
                             87%
8 of 15: I/O Psychology
                              r = .13
 How well can psych evals     Small
 predict later job success?

                              r = .37
                              Modest


                              r = .59
                              Large
9 of 15: Health Psychology
                             r = .03
 What is the correlation     weak
 between denial/
 repression and
 development of breast       r = .16
 cancer in women?            small


                             r = .31
                             modest
10 of 15: Intelligence
                             r = .10
  What is the approximate    small
  correlation between
  intelligence test scores
  (IQ) and job success?      r = .30
                             modest


                             r = .50
                              large
11 of 15: Cross-Cultural
                             25% more
 Compared to developed
 countries, people with
 schizophrenia in
 developing nations are
                              equally
 ________ likely to have a
 complete recovery.


                             25% less
12 of 15: Happiness
                         USA
 Which country is the
 happiest?


                        Denmark




                        Mexico
13 of 15: Developmental
                           46
 How many times per year
 does the average 18-29
 year old have sex?
                           84




                           137
14 of 15: Statistics

  To whom do we attribute
  the exciting statistical
  discovery of the t-test?
15 of 15: Symptoms
                               Bipolar
 Which of the following        Disorder
 symptoms are people
 able to accurately report?
                              Inattention




                              Insomnia
             Homework #1
• Go to course web site and click on the
  Course Calendar link
• In the right column, click on the HW1 link
• Due Wednesday 9/3
• More details in class next time, so skim
  the assignment and come with questions

				
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