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.

Statistics and Data

Statistics and data

Seven Lessons (Plus or Minus Two)

  • Anticipate the data your team's research is likely to produce. This is an essential part of research design and must happen before you run any study.
  • Stay focused on the concepts of statistical reasoning. Symbols and math are useful tools, but more often than not they distract us from the concepts themselves.
  • Learning statistics is like learning a language: the more experience, the better. Fluency requires course work, repetition, and conversation.
  • Use statistics to make sound claims about meaningful ideas. Before you collect any data, you must be absolutely certain that your study is designed to illuminate important comparisons.
  • Build your thinking about statistics from a simple understanding of three sacred tools: the mean ...
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