DEVELOPING RESEARCH HYPOTHESES
I. Two major barriers to idea generation
A. Emotional barriers:1.Yerkes-Dodson Law
2. Fear offailure
B. Learned barriers--Set
II. Sources of research ideas:
A. Research literature (see Handout 3.2):
1. Seeing apparent contradictions in the literature
2. Extending someone's research
B. Common sense and intuition (see Handout 3.1)
1. Broaden the theory.
2. Take it to the limit.
3. Improve its accuracy.
4. Go for the jugular.
5. Put two theories in competition:
III. Ensuring that your idea can and should be tested
A. Literature review
1. To avoid doing a study that has already been doneB. Ethical concerns
2. To learn from others' mistakes and successes
1. Assessing potential gain:C. Practical concerns
a. Is it a test of theory?2. Assessing potential harm:
b. Does it address a practical problem?
c. Does it open up new lines of inquiry?
d. Be sure you're not trying to prove the null hypothesis or unwittingly replicating a study that has been done before.
e. Peer review
a. Are ethical principles compromised?
b. Peer review
c. Review by professor
d. Review by ethics committee
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