PSYC 223 Cognitive Psychology: Introduction


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This guide will assist you with Research Methods in Psychology assignments. This guide assists in finding articles, using selected databases, and search tips related to this topic. Deaf-related resources tend to be in the HV2300-HV2600 area for books, bound journals, and DVDs.

Your assignment asks you to find empirical studies. An empirical study is based on "observation, investigation, or experiment rather than on abstract reasoning, theoretical analysis, or speculation."* Empirical studies should be divided into the following parts: abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, and references. Typically, these studies also include tables, figures, and charts to display collected data. (Information from Psychology InfoGuide).

Below is an example of an empirical study:

Palmer, C.G.S, Boudreault, P., Berman, B.A., Wolfson, A., Duarte, L., Venne, V.L. & Sinsheimer, J.S. (2017). Bilingual approach to online cancer genetics education for Deaf American Sign Language users produces greater knowledge and confidence than English text only: A randomized study.  Disability And Health Journal, 10(1), 23 -32.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me, Joan Naturale - I am the NTID and Deaf Studies Librarian and am happy to help.


Finding empirical studies

Finding empirical studies is simple using RIT Library's databases! Both PsycArticles and PyscINFO allow you to narrow your results to empirical studies before you even click "Search." The steps outlined in the brief tutorial below apply to both:

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