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.

Ethics
Ethics
Seven Lessons (Plus or Minus Two)
  • Avoid the slippery slope of fraud by treating research methods, data, and findings as sacred.
  • Respect for persons, beneficence, and justice are the ethical principles that guide the conduct of all research involving human participants.
  • Your goal as a scientist is to be honest, accurate, efficient, and objective throughout the research process.
  • Plan ahead if you are required to submit an application to the institutional review board on your campus. The lag time between submission and acceptance can be a month or more.
  • Your responsibilities as an ethical researcher include providing informed consent, communicating risks and benefits, allowing participants to withdraw without penalty, using deception judiciously if at all, and debriefing participants thoroughly.
  • Debriefing can serve as a ...
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