Headlines and Step-By-Step


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3603235.stm THEN RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

Question 1
explain whether you agree or disagree with the commentary described in this article. In your comments include what you would assess as methodological flaws or problems. Discuss the following questions: Does TV cause the problems they discuss in the article? What evidence does the article present to support this argument? Is this evidence sufficient to conclude that “watching tv is bad for children”? Be sure to consider whether the we can conclude that the findings are correlational or causal.

What do you think would be a better headline for this article (one that is less misleading)? Explain why it is a better title?

Question 3
Design a simple experimental study you think could test whether watching TV actually causes problems for children. In other words, if the authors wanted to really be able to claim that watching TV CAUSES problems for children, how could they design their study to figure this out? Remember, an experimental study must contain a variable that the researcher is actively manipulating or changing and a dependent variable that they expect to change after they manipulate that variable. You can ignore ethical limitations here and design any study you want. Your answers should contain:

a hypothesis
your independent variable (the variable you would manipulate or change),
your dependent variable (the variable you would measure)

Question 4
List steps in the research process that you think psychologists go through. Try to list at least 10 steps, beginning with # 1: Getting a Research Idea, and ending with # 10: publishing the results. You can list more than 10 if you’d like, but you must have at least 10! Because this is not something we have covered in depth yet, this can be an educated guess based on your own initial thoughts of what you think researchers do.