Welcome to Methods and Approaches in Psychology

Research in Psychology

thumbnail Representing Data
Various statistical techniques for representing data. The correct layout of a table; graphs (the histogram and scatter chart showing correlation) the use of averages and distribution (i.e. standard deviation). See Representing Data.

thumbnail Planning Research
The key to a good investigation is in the planning. In the 'plan' there should be aims and hypotheses (null and alternative); and a sampling method to represent the population. These include systematic and stratified. See Planning research.

thumbnail Nature vs Nurture
Much more of a comparison than a fight! Which is more relevant; your genes or how you are bought up. Evidence in twin studies, adoption studies, selective breeding, and the conclusion using the rubber band hypothesis. See Nature vs nurture.

thumbnail Mind and Body
The biological approach to psychology, how aspects of physiology influence behaviour. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Structure of the brain, various ways of investigating functions. See Mind and Body.

thumbnail Methods of Research
Investigations in Psychology can be carried out by lab experiment, observational studies or questionnaires. The advantages and disadvantages of these approaches, and examples of their use. See Methods of Research.

thumbnail Ethics
Ethics are a set of moral principles and values that are used in Psychological research to make sure participants are treated fairly. Some things to think about are discussed and other places to look given. See Ethics.