Doing Psychology Experiments / Edition 2

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Doing Psychology Experiments, Fourth Edition enables students - even students with no experimental background - to design, execute, interpret, and report simple psychological experiments. The conversational writing style guides students through the process in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step manner. Decision-making aspects of research are emphasized, and the logic behind the research procedures is fully explained. This new edition features the latest changes in ethics principles, information about recent legislation on animal experimentation, full incorporation of new APA style guidelines, a discussion on how to give effective conference presentations and poster sessions, a detailed section on the development and use of surveys, and a reordering of material for greater understanding.
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Editorial Reviews

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 (
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A major strength of the text is the author's casual and first-person style of writing. The examples are simple, fun, and excellent representations of the concepts. I love the cartoons. They are so comical and could serve as nice memory aids for some of the concepts because they provide a visual for ideas that really don't have a representative icon the way other concepts in psychology do. Joy Drinnon, Milligan College

Martin is uniquely and invitingly different. William Hardy, Sierra College

This is a very neat little book. It's as close to a page-turner as one can find in this area-it's clearly written by an experimenter who speaks from experience. I was very happy to have reviewed it and I would recommend it to anyone interested in solid, comprehensive psychological research. Daniel Cerutti, Duke University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534038076
  • Publisher: Brooks/Cole
  • Publication date: 10/28/1984
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 246

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 1
2 How to Get an Experimental Idea 38
3 How to Be Fair with Participants 62
4 How to Be Fair with Science 88
5 How to Find Out What Has Been Done 103
6 How to Decide Which Variables to Manipulate and Measure 122
7 How to Decide on a Within-Subject versus Between-Subjects Design 139
8 How to Plan a Single-Variable Experiment 161
9 How to Plan a Multiple-Variable Experiment 178
10 How to Plan Quasi-Experiments 192
11 How to Tell When You Are Ready to Begin 212
12 How to Interpret Experimental Results 226
13 How to Report Experimental Results 252
Epilogue 287
App. A How to Do Basic Statistics 289
App. B Statistical Tables 305
Glossary 317
Index 327
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