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PS 202 Introduction to Research Methods: PS 202

Brain in Brain Bank

Brain bank. Human brain held inside a room in a brain bank. This storage facility holds about 700 cartons of brain tissue. The donated brains of individuals with brain disease and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, have been preserved here for research into these disorders. The bank also stores normal brain tissue to compare with the abnormal brain samples. - Human brain in brain bank. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

 

Empirical Research

 "Empirical Research is the type of research that is performed for the purpose of gaining knowledge. In this research, the knowledge is gained by opting for direct or indirect means of observations or experiences."  An empirical research paper includes the following:

1. Introduction: sometimes called "literature review" -- what is currently known about the topic?

2. Methodology: sometimes called "research design" -- how to recreate the study?

3. Results: sometimes called "findings" -- what was learned through the study?

4. Discussion: sometimes called "conclusion" or "implications" -- why is the study important?

Course Description

PS 202, Introduction to Research Methods "provides the foundation for understanding, interpreting, and designing psychological research. Topics include developing a research question, types of variables and how they are measured, participant selection techniques, nonexperimental and experimental research methods, ethics in psychology, and the communication of scientific research in a standard format."  - VMI Catalogue 2020-2021

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