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.
Seven Lessons (Plus or Minus Two)
- After data collection and analysis are complete, your goal is to share your team's findings with others.
- Presentations take many forms, but the two most common in psychology are research talks and poster presentations.
- Craft a compelling story when describing your team's idea, predictions, methods, and data. Treat the members of your audience as blank slates, but quick studies.
- Use PowerPoint wisely by including minimal text and maximally informative graphics.
- A successful presentation hinges on your devoting adequate time to practice. Although it is natural to feel nervous, convey professionalism through your pace, tone, body language, and eye contact.
- Even null results can be compelling. Regardless of the study's outcome, conclude your presentation with a discussion of what ...