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.

Piloting a Study

Piloting a study

Seven Lessons (Plus or Minus Two)

  • The pilot study serves as a dress rehearsal for the “real” experiment. It will illuminate invaluable information about the participants’ experiences, the flow of the methods, and your team's level of preparedness.
  • Three central aims of piloting include testing the adequacy of the research materials, identifying logistical problems, and training the experimenters.
  • In piloting, test components of your team's experiment individually and together so you can be sure the manipulations and measures work as intended.
  • Maximize the efficiency of piloting by assigning team members the roles of coordinator, evaluator, and storyteller.
  • Prepare for the pilot study by creating a standardized script and practicing the script as a team.
  • Construct an extended debriefing that includes ...
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