Praxis II Psychology

Category - Psychology

Melissa believes in the popular saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’. She wishes to find empirical evidence for this saying through a research study. As part of her study, she must write a(n) ____________ statement that proposes an explanation.

  1. confirmation statement
  2. hypothesis statement
  3. operational statement
  4. reliability statement

Answer: B - As part of her research, Melissa must write a hypothesis statement.

Key Takeaway: A hypothesis statement is the cornerstone of a research project. To test an idea, a hypothesis statement makes a testable prediction about the independent and dependant variables in the study. If Melissa’s research shows that objects that are not in constant or direct view are easily forgotten, then her hypothesis statement is supported through evidence. Research results could support or not support the hypothesis statement.

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