K. & Abbott, B. (2013). Research Design and Methods: A Process Approach (9th ed.). Franklin Park, IL: McGraw-Hill.
1. Topic: Scientific Explanations
Using phrenology, astrology, graphology, palmistry, numerology, ESP, or another pseudoscience as an example, describe how scientific explanations are superior to both “common sense” and “belief-based” explanations. How do the methods of authority and the rational method connect to this discussion? (Minimum 350 words)
2. Topic: Research a Theory
It is here that you will begin the collaborative process of discussing your research ideas and finding a question that you wish to develop into a research proposal. Using the Library or another course, you should find a theory or problem in psychology that you would like to investigate. You should describe the problem or theory and what it is about the topic that makes you want to investigate or understand it more thoroughly. Be detailed and clear, supportive and substantive: suggest potential avenues of research, discuss methods that seem appropriate, or note potential problems or ethical issues that may arise. (Min 350 words)
References including one from: Bordens, K. & Abbott, B. (2013). Research Design and Methods: A Process Approach (9th ed.). Franklin Park, IL: McGraw-Hill.