How to Write Your Psychology Research QuestionEvery psychology research question should be a good research question and the more well-worded and easier to answer, the better. Also, the more descriptive the question, the better.
The best way to come up with a good research question is to write down as many questions as you can think of. I'll give you a few examples of questions here, but this is just a basic guideline that will work in all types of psychology research. Once you've written them down, ask yourself how different your question needs to be from all the others.
An introspective question about whether a researcher had asked too many questions would be too general. A less general question about who was doing the asking would be better. If your question is really about how many people were asked questions, then the numbers will be a more relevant determinant. But if it's a small percentage, then the questions could be really general, but questions like 'was any kind of control group asked?' or 'what proportion of participants were instructed to continue or discontinue their participation?'
A research question that seems to fit the question 'Are patients always right about their pain?' can be a research question about a problem in psychiatry called, 'how do patients react to drugs when they get better? '.
Questions like 'Why do some people resist receiving information when it comes through the telephone?' may seem obvious, but there is a big difference between asking a question that may be answered by experience and a specific question about how other people react to a phone call, or even if there are any distinct differences between two people when they get a phone call from the same person.
So, that leaves you with three types of research question. The first is a simple one: what kind of person were you? What kind of job were you in? Which of the three companies was your most satisfying?
Your second type of question is more personal, if you're ready for it. The kind of person I was used to think about, and to search for; if the answer to my question was not in the nature of an expert in something I was interested in, that could be a good research question. For example, I recently had to ask my boyfriend about something in his past.
So, are you ready for your next question? Write it down and make sure you know how different it needs to be from all the others, and ask yourself how you can test it. After all, that's the whole point of psychology research.