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.
Chapter 8: Conducting a Study
- Successfully conducting an experiment requires constant vigilance. Even subtle cues can have dramatic (and unexpected) effects on participant behavior.
- Your team's goal during data collection is to ensure that the only systematic difference between your experimental conditions is the experimental manipulation.
- Organization is the first line of defense against threats to the integrity of your team's experiment. Arrange all materials in advance, stick closely to a script, and keep the methodology consistent throughout data collection.
- Even when your team is fully prepared, the unexpected will occur: Delays, no-shows, errors, and other snafus are realities of experimentation.
- Don't hesitate to admit moments of confusion, distraction, or error. It is crucial to catch, document, and remedy ...