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.

The Idea

The idea

Seven Lessons (Plus or Minus Two)

  • Go beyond your typical course work by seeking ownership of the ideas that make a research project exciting.
  • Idea generation is not without constraints. Creative ideas must also be relevant, theoretically sound, and feasible.
  • Fuel idea generation by paying attention to day-to-day experiences, questioning your assumptions, exploring cause-and-effect relationships, and referencing past research in areas that interest you.
  • To invent and refine compelling ideas, utilize the quasselstrippe, lively and rigorous back-and-forth conversations with your collaborators.
  • Encourage productive brainstorming by approaching it as an iterative process, alternating between individual and group idea generation. In team meetings, take turns playing the roles of scribe, process monitor, and assumption chaser.
  • Be patient and postpone feelings of ownership during this ...
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