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Research Methods – Good Scientific Practice

4. Theory Construction

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Lecture

In this fourth module, we think about theory construction, focusing in particular on: (i) paradigms as a method of moving from idea generation to testing a theory and informing its construction; (ii) the objective testing and statistical analyses required to confirm a hypothesis; (iii) establishing an actual theory as the final process in theory construction; (iv) paradigm shifts as key points in the history of science which have uprooted existing ideas and made way for new theories; (v) an example of a paradigm shift in psychology, when the multi-store model was uprooted in favour of the levels of processing approach.

Course

This course, by Dr Ashok Jansari (Goldsmiths, University of London) explores how researchers report good (or sometimes not good) science. In the first module, we think about the three main forms of validity: face, concurrent, and ecological. In the second module, we think about the three main forms of reliability: test-retest, inter-rater, and internal. In the third module, we think about features of science and how the empirical method can promote good scientific practice. Next, we think about theory construction and the process that a good researcher will follow to work from their initial idea towards their finished theory. In the fifth and final module, we think about scientific reporting and the five key sections of a report which adheres to the American Psychological Association (APA) standard.

Lecturer

Dr Ashok Jansari is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Dr Jansari’s research interests include memory disorders, prosopagnosia, executive functions, and synaesthesia. Dr Jansari is most famous for his research into prosopagnosia, having made numerous TV appearances, including on BBC1’s The One Show, as well as hosting his own ‘Neuro Talk’ YouTube channel. His recent publications include 'Acquired synaesthesia following 2C-B use' (2019), 'Using virtual reality to investigate multitasking ability in individuals with frontal lobe lesions' (2019), and 'Identification from CCTV: Assessing police super-recogniser ability to spot faces in a crown and susceptibility to change blindness' (2018).

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Jansari, A. (2022, March 07). Research Methods – Good Scientific Practice - Theory Construction [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/research-methods-good-scientific-practice/theory-construction

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Jansari, Ashok. "Research Methods – Good Scientific Practice – Theory Construction." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 07 Mar 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/research-methods-good-scientific-practice/theory-construction

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