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.

Theories, Predictions, and the Literature
Theories, predictions, and the literature
Seven Lessons (Plus or Minus Two)
  • The best research ideas are firmly rooted in theory.
  • Avoid narrowing your team's idea too soon. Keep an eye on the big picture as you approach the literature.
  • Be aware of two common missteps that fall on opposite ends of the same continuum: becoming overwhelmed and stifled by the literature or failing to consult it.
  • Use PsycINFO whenever possible. It is a precision tool that will enhance your likelihood of finding relevant literature.
  • Start with broad search terms and focus on articles published in high-impact journals. Scour the reference sections of highly relevant articles to find additional sources.
  • To narrow your findings, limit your search to peer-reviewed journal articles, literature ...
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