Psy 201 Week 3 Major Graded Assignment

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Tara Brown May 30, 2013 Major Graded Assignment #1 Psychological research has been arousing interests of individuals for many years. Many people see psychology as confirmation to something that they already knew. Although, as chapter one discusses this is just mere overconfidence in ourselves. It can also be described as hindsight bias, things that are pointed out to us after the fact that seem so clearly evident. We convince ourselves that we knew that all along. Scientific attitude disputes these thoughts and encourages us to ask more questions and put our presumptions to the test. This requires us to be somewhat skeptical and to understand that we are the biggest obstacles that we face in our research. Humility is an important factor for the realization that we must have factual information to base our conclusions. To do this successfully you must learn to be a critical thinker. One must question common beliefs and explanations,…show more content…
This means they have characteristics that relate them to one another. To study these types of traits or behaviors we use a correlation coefficient to determine how closely one can predict the other. Here is an example of a correlational study. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/moreinformation/is-abortion-linked-to-breast-cancer This example discusses the possibility of a link between abortions and breast cancer. Do these two things somehow affect one another? The article shows data that supports that conclusion that yes they do. However, the study also states that because of the nature of the topic sometimes this study is hard to do and findings vary. Recall bias is one of the issues that can cause case studies to find links that may not exist. I think this is one of the more inconclusive methods of research due to the nature of correlation not always causing causation and studies that have a hard time distinguishing between those

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