Handout 3.1: Nine Ways to Tap Your Intuition
- For "old sayings," assumptions/predictions made in songs,
assumptions made in classic or popular literature, assumptions
made by experts ask:
- Is it true?
- Is there anything I know that seems to contradict that?
- When isn't it true? When is it more likely to be true?
- Is it true only in moderation?
- Why is it true (what is the cause-effect relationship or
- what is the mediating variable?)
- Why do people believe it's true?
- Collect data on your own behavior, try to find rules that
govern your behavior, and then see if those rules apply to
- Transform an argument into a research idea.
- Look through a dictionary for interesting research variables.
- Ask six key questions about any interesting phenomenon:
- Who does the behavior? How do people who are high and low
on the behavior differ?
- What precisely is the behavior?
- When is the behavior most likely to occur? What events
- occur before the behavior?
- Why do people engage in the behavior?
- What are the long- and short-term effects of the
- Figure out why bad/irrational actions occur.
- Attack a practical problem (ecology, illiteracy,
prejudice, apathy, alcoholism, violence).
- Try to explain survey results.
- Investigate factors that decrease your creativity.
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