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Faculty of Behavioral Sciences

Paper 3.1: Research Methods

Unit

Content

Time (Hours)

Domain

I Basics of Research Methods

Concept; characteristics of scientific research; research in psychology

Formulation of problems and hypotheses, nature and types of variables

Sampling and its types – probability and non-probability sampling

History of research in psychology

Scientific validity of psychology researches

15

 

5

5

5

Must know

Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

II Types of Research

Experimental research: laboratory and field experiments

Field studies; sample survey, case studies

Cross sectional research, longitudinal research

Early animal experiments

Conducting an online survey

12

 

4

4

4

 

Must know

 

Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

III Techniques of data collection

Questionnaires and observation

Projective techniques: word association, completion, construction

Psychophysiological methods – recording, GSR, EMG, EEG

Structured clinical interviews

Brain scanning techniques

13

 

2

6

5

 

 

Must know

 

Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

 

Syllabus Books: 

  1. Kothari, C.R. (2004). Research Mehtodology: Methods & Techniques. New Age International. New Delhi, India.
  2. Kerlinger, F. (2010). Foundations of Behavioral Research. New Delhi: Prism International.

 

Reference Books:

  1. M. Yaremko, H. Harari, R. C. Harrison, E. Lynn (1986). Handbook of Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology: For Students and Professionals. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1986
  2. Levine, S. Parkinson. (1994). Experimental Methods in Psychology. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  3. Albon. (2007). Introducing Psychology through Research. Open University Press.
  4. R. Edgar. (2004). Guide to Image-work: Imagination-Based Research Methods. Routledge.