Experimental Psychology / Edition 7

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Overview

Focusing on experimental methods, authors Anne Myers and Christine Hansen lead students step by step through the entire research process, from generating testable hypotheses to writing the research report. The major sections of the book parallel the major sections of a research report (Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion), giving students the skills they'll need to design and conduct an experiment, analyze and interpret the research findings, and report those findings. Although the main focus is on experimentation, alternative approaches are discussed as important complements.

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An introduction to the basic principles of psychological research, with a main focus on experimentation, though alternative approaches are discussed as well. Includes sections on research ethics, formulating a hypothesis, between-subjects and within-subjects designs, statistics, analyzing results, drawing conclusions, and writing research reports. The appendices contain computational formulas, statistical tables, and a journal article in manuscript form. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

Anne Myers received her Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research.

Christine Hansen is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Oakland University. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Her professional affiliations include the American Psychological Society, Midwestern Psychological Association, Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Sigma XI National Scientific Research Honor Society, and Society for Experimental Social Psychology. Her varied research interests—which have been funded by the NSF and NIH—include behavioral and personality effects of popular music, contemporary media, emotive information processing, and bioinformatics.

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Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION. 1. Experimental Psychology and the Scientific Method. 2. Research Ethics. 3. Alternatives to Experimentation: Nonexperimental Designs. 4. Alternatives to Experimentation: Surveys and Interviews. 5. Alternatives to Experimentation: Correlational and Quasi-Experimental Designs. 6. Formulating the Hypothesis. PART II: METHOD. 7. The Basics of Experimentation. 8. Solving Problems: Controlling Extraneous Variables. 9. Basic Between-Subjects Designs. 10. Between-Subjects Factorial Designs. 11. Within-Subjects Designs. 12. Within-Subjects Designs: Small N. PART III: RESULTS: COPING WITH DATA. 13. Why We Need Statistics. 14. Analyzing Results. PART IV: DISCUSSION. 15. Drawing Conclusions: The Search for the Elusive Bottom Line. 16. Writing the Research Report. Appendix A: Computational Formulas. Appendix B: Statistical Tables. Appendix C: A Journal Article in Manuscript Form. Appendix D: Answers to Selected Study Question and All Critical Thinking Questions. Glossary. References. Index.

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