Doing Collaborative Research in Psychology offers an engaging journey through the process of conducting research in psychology. Using an innovative team-based approach, this hands-on guide will assist undergraduates with their research—in their courses and in collaboration with faculty or graduate student mentors. The focus on this team-based approach reflects the collaborative nature of research methods and experimental psychology. Students learn how to work as a team, generate creative research ideas, design and pilot studies, recruit participants, collect and analyze data, write up results in APA style, and prepare and give formal research presentations. Students also learn practical ways in which they can promote their research skills as they apply to jobs or graduate school. A unique feature to this book is the ability to read chapters of the text either sequentially or separately, which allows the instructor or research mentor the flexibility to assign those chapters most relevant to the current state of the research project.

Student-Initiated Research
Student-initiated research
Seven Lessons (Plus or Minus Two)
  • The best psychological research is always collaborative, even when you take on the role of principal investigator.
  • Identify professors who have the potential to be strong mentors. Assess the extent to which their interpersonal styles and areas of research interest are compatible with your own.
  • Meet early on with potential mentors. Explore and engage in conversation with them about their research and teaching.
  • Once a mentoring relationship has been established, have an explicit discussion with your mentor about general expectations, frequency of meetings, project timeline, and resource issues.
  • Confirm that your project is doable with the time and resources you have available.
  • Seek out students who are engaged in similar research experiences and create a peer-mentoring ...
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