This week we actually did quite a bit of new vocabulary. After these first two weeks, you should be able to explain the following concepts:
- When describing a study, we discuss the aim, procedure, results (findings) and implications.
- An experiment has a design – either an independent samples or repeated measures design.
- There are problems with using students as your participants. Remember YAVIS.
- Remember TEACUP when evaluating a theory.
- Theories are sometimes ethnocentric or androcentric.
- There are several different sampling methods: self-selected, purposive, stratified, opportunity haphazard, snowball or random.
To keep you thinking while you go off on your Week Without Walls, take a look at this video. Why do you think that Derren sometimes gets away with what he does?
A heartfelt welcome back! I hope that you all enjoyed your summer holidays and that you are ready to begin the study of psychology! A lot of psychology “took place” this summer. We saw violence break out in many parts of the world, Robin Williams committed suicide and Brazil felt a collective sense of shame as they lost the World Cup in a disastrous game with Germany. This year is all about learning about why people behave the way we do. I hope that you are ready to think critically about the issues in the world around us – everything from terrorism to mental illness; from how we learn to why we forget; from why we fall in and out of love and how we communicate. Psychology is a very broad field with a lot of cool research – and the field is one of the most dynamic and quickly developing. It is actually all very exciting.
You will need to get used to reading this blog. This blog is your “crutch” to get you through the course. You will find both required and extension readings here. You will also find a “Weekly summary” which should help to clarify and remind you of the learning goals of the week.
But for now, hold on tight. Here we go…..