Module B Group Research Notes
- Many of you still need to refine the understanding of "attachment." In
particular, it is not accurate if you analyze attachment mainly in terms
of properties such as "loving" and "caring." Most caregivers do possess these
properties yet may not necessarily provide "secure attachment." You should
note that the term "bonding" is used in mostly non-technical ways (e.g.,
physical bonding immediately after birth). The research literature almost
never use this term.
- The most obvious starting point is again Chapter 3 of the text. Read other
parts as needed. For example, the distinction between "implicit" and "explicit
memory" will become relevant, which is discussed in Chapter 2. In addition, "emotion" (e.g., "primary" and "categorical
emotion") is crucial to the development of secure attachment.
- The text has some limited coverage of "learning" and other topics. Use
the index to identify relevant pages.
- To understand some parts of the text, you may want to see an image of the
taken from another book of Daniel Siegel's book. More details images can
be found on the Internet (see below).
Library and other printed resources
- Usually, the library is the best starting point for any research. Thus,
as part of the First Year Experience, you are enrolled in IDS 102 Information
Literacy. If you have not completed the on-line tutorial, complete it now
so that you can use the skills in your group research. The on-line tutorial
is available at http://www.tcnj.edu/~ilion .
I also encourage you to write your comments on this tutorial in your supporting
notes (see Performance Goal 3a).
- Using the on-line library catalog, you will be able to identify journals
and books relevant to your research. It is also convenient to know certain "call
numbers." For example, psychology books have call numbers that begin with
BF, available on the third floor of the library.
- Some students in our course have taken psychology courses (high school)
or are taking one this semester. These students should be able to offer ideas
learned in general psychology, e.g., on background biology, memory, emotion,
learning, personality, counseling, etc.
Internet and other on-line resources
- By far, the most popular web search engine is Google (http://www.google.com/).
Although it is fairly straightforward to use most of their search functions,
you may want to check out their help page (http://www.google.com/help/index.html)
- The amount of information available on the Internet is huge. In order to
use it effectively in your group research, you will need to focus only on
relevant information (see Performance Goal 3c). In addition, you
should also critically analyze the validity
of the information.