Combining Diverse Methods in One Research Program: The Example of Social and Developmental Psychology


Like many aspects of life, research can be enhanced by using a diversity of theoretical perspectives and methodological techniques. I describe the process of using multiple perspectives (e.g. social and developmental psychology) and methods (e.g. implicit and explicit measures) to answer one's questions and discuss the challenges and benefits of doing so. By likening the research process to an everyday activity—namely, cooking—I hope to elucidate the ways in which a potentially unfamiliar scholarly approach is similar to aspects of life with which readers may have more experience. To provide readers with a behind-the-scenes look at one particular research program, I also describe my experience conducting research at the intersection of social and developmental psychology.

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