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How to generate research ideas • Testing intuitive beliefs • E.g., Freakonomics • E.g., Is a hard worker a better performer than a smart worker? Rynes et al, 2002 • Testing cliches • E.g., Do birds of a feather flock together in organizations?
How to generate research ideas • Reading • Newspaper/newsmagazine articles • New York times, New Yorker, Economist • Simple descriptions of empirical studies • Academy of Mgt Executive; • Economist.com (What’s new in journals) • Observing people’s behavior • First hand, gossip
How to generate research ideas • Based on need • Broad • E.g., Class research topic exercise for IRE2002Y • Specific • E.g., Writing project for UTM Psychology • E.g., CIRHR project with Deb Campbell
Invention Activity • Handout in class • Also available on course schedule website under 9/14 posting
After narrowing down to 3 topics… • Write a short para for each • Describe the topic, • Why you are interested in it • How may you/others benefit from researching it (Adapted from Poe, 1999)
Criteria to consider after choosing a research topic • Do you have the resources to conduct it? • People (at least 50 units) • Time (by Feb 2007) • Materials • Will the study work? In what way can it not work? • Can you think of explanations for the counter hypothesis? Adapted from Sternberg, 1999
Next Steps • Use Journal Indexes • Next class, Psych info workshop