Research Methods in Psychology
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7
(Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your
initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading
Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be
Topic for Literature Review
Experimental Research Methods in Psychology
Nonexperimental Research Methods in Psychology
Read the “Research Areas of Emphasis in Professional Psychology” article (google the
article) and select a topic of psychological research discussed in the article (e.g.,
evidence-based treatments, veterans/active military, multicultural issues, ethical issues,
natural disasters, forensic, health, child psychology, suicide, chronic pain, rural practice,
interpersonal violence, graduate/internship training and education, managed care issues,
or professional roles). This topic will be used as the focus of the literature review you will
be creating as part of your Final Project, as well as for aspects of other assignments
within this course, so select a topic that is of personal interest to you.
In your post, discuss some of the methodological issues unique to this psychological
State the topic you selected and then write two potential research questions that
could be explored on the topic you selected.
Identify at least one potential research design to answer each of the research
questions you wrote (you will identify a total of two designs).
Each question will require a different research design to be selected to
investigate the topic.
The topic that I have selected is Online Behavior/Internet. As the need of having a social identity and fostering relationships is critical to our existence, a new communication trend has risen in social media. This trend tends to compromise the sense of self of a person as well as one’s perspective towards the world surrounding them. When one views the world by using a narrow window such as that of an iPhone or a recent gadget, a profound impact of depressive symptoms, anxiety, and self-esteem is displayed. “… An increase in time that is spent online is associated with communication decline between family members and also the reduction in the social circle of Internet users. This case may result in loneliness feelings and depression” (Pantic, 2014). Even though this is a new research area, one of the studies published in 1998 by Kraut et al., found out that the use of the Internet, in general, has a great effect on social participation and relationship in community life……………
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