21 Ways of Generating Research Ideas from Previous Research
- Find gaping omissions.
- Repeat studies.
- Do a study suggested by the journal article's
- Repeat the study with a different group of
- Look for situational factors that may
moderate the effect.
- Look for factors that were not controlled.
- Reduce the effects of expectancies.
- Use more realistic amounts of the
- Uncover the functional relationship.
- Use more realistic stimulus materials.
- See if another factor would have the same effect.
- Bridge fields and try to find a practical
implication of the research.
- Look at the studies from a different level
- Look for patterns in conflicting studies.
- Look for a factor's immediate relationship
to other variables.
- Look at long term effects.
- Look for "down the road" effects.
- Repeat the study using a different measure
of the same construct.
- Repeat the study with a more sensitive way
of detecting the effect.
- Take advantage of "component" measures.
- Take advantage of measures of entirely new concepts.
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