Web Exercises

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Web Exercises

1. Go to the American Psychological Association’s links to data sets and repositories: http://www.apa.org/research/responsible/data-links.aspx.

  • Click on and read about at least three data sets that interest you.
  • Explore the data base websites.
  • What type of research design was used in each of the studies?
  • What are the threats to external validity for each of the data sets?

2. Go to https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work?language=en.

  • Watch the “Shawn Anchor: The Happy Secret to Better Work” TED Talk.
  • How does happiness inspire us to be more productive?
  • What type of research question is trying to be answered (exploratory, descriptive, relational)?
  • How could the study be changed to answer a different type of research question?

3. Go to https://explorable.com/external-validity.

  • Why is there friction between clinical psychologists and research psychologists?
  • What are the benefits and limitations of laboratory experiments for clinical and research psychologists?