RESEARCH METHODS

TASK 1: RESEARCH METHODS (8 points)

To truly get a gauge of your understanding of research methods, please read the following three articles below. For EACH article:

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1. Clearly identify the hypothesis(es) and the type(s) of research discussed (by the way, it’s not necessary that the author actually conducts a study since he/she could discuss other work so it is possible that there are different types of hypotheses and different methods).

2. When a correlation (most often, there could be more than one) is presented, discuss this in depth. Some things to consider: is it a positive or negative correlation and how you determined that? In other words, what does it mean to have a “positive” or “negative” correlation? What are the variables involved? Advantages and limits of correlations? Discuss both concepts and how they are applied to the study(s) discussed in the article?

3. When an experiment is involved, discuss this in depth. Some things to consider: what qualities are needed to make it an experiment? What are the independent and dependent variables involved? Advantages and limits of experiments? Discuss both concepts and how they are applied to the study(s)?

You must EXPLAIN your answers and talk about RESEARCH CONCEPTS in order to earn high points. You will find that there might be some inconsistent responses among students since in some cases, you will focus on different parts. In grading, I will allow some leeway in what is discussed but will also be looking for accuracy in your explanations. Keep in mind that I will post a document explaining all this after the week is done.

1. Are Positive Emotions Good For Your Health In Old Age?

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/214442.php

2. Study Identifying Risks, Consequences Of Video Game Addiction

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/214280.php

3. Mindfulness Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in Eight Weeks

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121144007.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

 

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