Tag Archives: pyschology

Validity in Social Research

Validity refers to the extent to which an indicator (or set of indicators) really measure the concept under investigation. This post outlines five ways in which sociologists and psychologists might determine how valid their indicators are: face validity, concurrent validity, convergent validity, construct validity, and predictive validity.  Continue reading

Advertisements
Posted in research methods | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Good Resources for Teaching and Learning Research Methods

Being able to choose appropriate research methods and executing those methods effectively are absolutely essential if we are to collect valid, reliable and representative data, and below I present some links to some of the best resources which enable us … Continue reading

Posted in research methods | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Experiments in Sociology – Revision Notes

Definitions, key features and the theoretical, practical and ethical strengths and limitations of laboratory and field experiments applied to sociology (and psychology). Also covers key terms related to experiments Experiments – The Basics: Definitions/ Key Features Experiments aim to measure … Continue reading

Posted in experiments, research methods | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Milgram’s Obedience Experiment – Strengths and Limitations

Milgram’s obedience experiment is one of the most useful examples to illustrate the strengths and limitations of laboratory experiments in psychology/ sociology, as well as revealing the punishingly depressing findings that people are remarkably passive in the face of authority… This post outlines … Continue reading

Posted in experiments, research methods | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Age of Absurdity – Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy

Michael Foley: The Age of Absurdity – Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to Be Happy (2010) Most of what modern society tells you about how to be happy is wrong – at least according to a wealth of psychological … Continue reading

Posted in Book summaries | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment