Application: Hypothesis Testing
A hypothesis is your prediction of what results will likely emerge from your study. Possessing various skills will determine your success as a researcher in Psychology; one of them is generating hypotheses based on logic, valid observations, and sound theoretical background, and the other is testing them effectively.
You may presume that the sun is not going to rise tomorrow, but that is not a hypothesis. Can you guess why? The answer is because there is no logic or theoretical support behind your presumption. On the other hand, you may hypothesize (based on what you read and observe) that anger affects the quality of people’s decisions. This may be a valid hypothesis, but what if your way of determining whether a decision is good or not is faulty? Your results will not be valid because your testing process was not effective.
You can attain the skills of generating plausible hypotheses and testing them with a little diligent practice. You also need sound knowledge about the theoretical concepts related to generating and testing hypotheses.
For this Assignment, you create a research hypothesis concerning a topic in psychology that interests you. Subsequently, you examine various concepts associated with developing and testing a hypothesis.
The Assignment (1–2 pages):
Note: Provide a reference list for those resources you may have used that are not included in the Learning Resources for this course.