Methods of Studying Human Behavior

1758 Words Jun 23rd, 2012 8 Pages
Methods Of Studying Human Behavior

There are several methods used to study human behavior including Naturalistic Observation, Correlational Research, Experimental Method, Case Study, and the Survey Method, each uses a different type of approach. If I were to do a study on the relationship between alcohol and violence, the method I would use would be the survey research method. (Stangor, 2010) I would use this method because it would not be intrusive, require any possible harm to anyone, and has minimal ethical concerns.

The Survey Research Method is a type of Descriptive Research Design that uses written questionnaires, and interviews to collect data. The people participating in the study are referred to as the Sample, and the
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An example of positive reinforcement in my personal experience is making the President’s List Honors, the award is the positive reinforcement and achieving good grades is the target behavior. An example of negative reinforcement for me is taking pain medication for migraine’s. The migraine is the negative reinforcer to the pain medicine and it removes something unpleasant, which is the pain.

Shaping is the process of creating a new behavior which occurs through the use of reinforcements to help reach the desired behavior. It is a conditioning tool used to determine, by the consequence of the action, if the action will be repeated. An example for me personally is learning how to be a good student while raising a baby. I have been out of school for about 20 years. I had a baby a little over a year ago and it has been 12 years since I had a baby. I had to adjust to being a student and new mother again and at the same time. This required me to learn how to manage my time and prioritize all of my responsibilities in order to have the time to study in order to get good grades and take care of a baby. By creating schedules and balancing my time, with adjustments as needed along the way, I am a A student and full time mom. The reinforcements that have helped me achieve this behavior would be the reward of a 4.0 GPA, personal satisfaction knowing I can be both a student and mom, and knowing that I will be able to provide a better life for my kids when once I