Doing Psychology Experiments (with InfoTrac ) / Edition 6

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Even students with no background in research methods can use this text to learn how to design, execute, interpret, and report on simple psychology experiments! David W. Martin's unique blend of informality, humor, clear instruction, and solid scholarship make this concise text a popular choice for research methods courses in psychology. DOING PSYCHOLOGY EXPERIMENTS guides students through the experimentation process in a step-by-step manner. Martin emphasizes the decision-making aspects of research, as well as the logic behind research procedures. He also devotes two separate chapters to many of the ethical questions that confront new experimenters — making this text a complete introduction to the psychology laboratory.

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Blends informality, humor, and solid scholarship in telling how to design, execute, interpret, and report simple experiments in psychology. Walks through the experimentation process step by step, emphasizing decision-making aspects of research and the logic behind research procedures. Includes chapter summaries, and exercises keyed to InfoTrac College Edition, an online database. This edition contains new discussion of benefits derived from animal research, early coverage of external and internal validity, and instructions on performing electronic searches. For methods courses in psychology. Martin teaches psychology at North Carolina State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534602550
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David W. Martin is professor and head of the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University. Previously he was professor and department head at New Mexico State University. He has a bachelor's degree from Hanover College, where he majored in psychology and physics. He also has a master's degree and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he majored in engineering psychology. His teaching interests include experimental methods, introductory psychology, human performance, and attention. He has won teaching awards at both NC State and NMSU. Dr. Martin has published in a number of research journals in the areas of attention, decision making, and memory. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and Psychonomic Society. He has also served as president of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. In his leisure hours, Dr. Martin enjoys running, scuba diving, singing, and playing at the beach with his two young sons. For 12 years he raced dirt-track stockcars and was known as "Dangerous David, the Racing Professor".
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Table of Contents

1. How to Make Orderly Observations. 2. How to Do Experiments. 3. How to Get An Experimental Idea. 4.How to Be Fair with Participants. 5. How to be Fair with Science. 6. How to Find Out What Has Been Done. 7. How to Decide Which Variables to Manipulate and Measure. 8. How to Decide Which Variables to Manipulate and Measure. 9. How to Decide on a Between-Subjects Versus Within-Subject Design. 10. How to Plan Single-Variable, Multiple-Variable, and Converging Series Experiments. 11. How to Design Non-Traditional Research. 12. How to Tell When You Are Ready to Begin. 13. How to Interpret Experimental Results. 14. How to Report Experimental Results. Appendix A: How to Do Basic Statistics. Appendix B: Statistical Tables.

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