Synopses & Reviews
This book explores the field of experimental psychology from the standpoint of scientific methodology and methods of experimentation, rather than from specific content areas. There is a step-by-step process of effectively completing statistical analyses for major research designs used in behavioral research, and emphasizes the mutual facilitation of pure and applied research and the wise application of effective research methods to benefit society. Requires no previous background in statistics, develops a broad perspective about where sound psychological research fits within areas of public interest as well as more generally within science. This book gives special attention to ethics in human and animal research. It discusses the use of computers in psychology from historical and contemporary perspectives, and provides thorough guidance in the development of a research project from conception to written form.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -474) and index.
Table of Contents
1. An Overview of Experimentation.
2. The Problem.
3. The Hypothesis.
4. The Experimental Variables and How to Control Them.
5. The Research Plan.
6. Experimental Design: The Case of Two Independent Groups.
7. Experimental Design: The Case of More Than Two Independent Groups.
8. Experimental Design: The Factorial Design.
9. Correlations and Experimental Designs.
10. Experimental Design: Single-Subject (N=1) Research.
11. Quasi-Experimental Designs: Seeking Solutions to Society's Problems.
12. Generalization, Explanation, and Prediction in Psychology.
Appendix A: Statistical Tables.
Appendix B: Writing Up Your Experiment.
Appendix C: The Use of Computers in Research.
Appendix D: Ethical Principles in the Conduct of Psychological Research.
Appendix E: American Psychological Journals.
Appendix F: Answers to Problems.
Glossary of Terms, Statistical Symbols, and Statistical Equations.