Introduction to Scientific Research Methods

Course Length: 1 Hour
Course Style: High-Definition On Demand Video

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this comprehensive and engaging course, you will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between ontology and epistemology
  2. Compare the 6 major sources of knowledge and their respective limitations
  3. Contrast science and pseudoscience
  4. List the 5 main advantages of research conducted using the Scientific Method
  5. Identify the 3 key characteristics of successful scientific research
  6. Discuss the role of theory and the role of the scientist in driving research


Sarah M. Coyne, PhD is Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Human Development in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. She received her BSc in Psychology from Utah State University and her PhD in Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire. Dr. Coyne is a popular speaker at both national as well as international conferences and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications on topics including media, aggression, gender, and child development. Dr. Coyne currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for Psychology of Popular Media Culture as well as Developmental Psychology, and she is former Associate Editor of Aggressive Behavior. Her research has been supported by grants from leading funding bodies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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