Researchers start with a question such as “What do I want to know?”; “What is important for society to know?”; or “Why does this occur?” After a researcher decides on what question he/she wants to answer he/she must state his/her goals and objectives. Research questions must be empirical, meaning researchers are able to perceive it through one of the five senses of sight, taste, touch, hearing, or smell. The next step is to conduct a literature review to establish what is already known about the topic. Much research builds on existing research. The research question is usually stated as a hypothesis. A hypothesis is the researcher’s educated belief about what he/she will find.
In examining various aspects of psychological research, present eight research questions you would like to study.
Are these questions empirical? Why are these questions relevant in the field of psychology?