Research is often conducted with participants. When using participants researchers must obtain informed consent forms. These forms explain the nature…

Research is often conducted with participants. When using participants researchers must obtain informed consent forms. These forms explain the nature of a study and what is expected of the subjects. They also inform the subjects that they can withdraw from the experiment at any time. Common research terms include;

1. Research design- the structure of research study

2. Variable- A characteristic of a person or thing that changes

3. Generalizability- of results means that the conclusions of a study can be extended to other groups of people, organizations, settings, or situations

4. Control- refers to procedures that allow researchers to rule out certain explanations for results other than the hypotheses they wish to test

5. Measurement- is the process of assigning numbers to characteristics of people or things 

6. Descriptive statistics- summarize the results of the study

7. Inferential statistics- help interpret the results using a variety of statistical tests

How important is research as it applies to I/O psychology? Develop a general research question then a specific question in the area of I/O. Create a hypothesis based on your question.