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This book, aimed at advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students in psychology and related areas, provides a guide to the key theories and methods used by researchers. Carefully chosen articles are accompanied by a commentary from the author that helps students to understand the rationale for a study, the choice of design and assessment measures, use of statistics, and the interpretation of results. A wide range of recent research papers is included to cover observational and experimental methods from infancy to adolescence.

Experimental Studies of Older Children
Experimental studies of older children

Once children become capable of using and understanding language, researchers often turn to experimental tasks that involve verbal instructions and, often, verbal responses. The use of language-based tasks offers a much wider range of experimental techniques than the non-linguistic tasks that are used in infancy research. However, there are potential problems with the use of language because it is essential to be sure both that children fully understand what they are required to do in a study and that their own use of language does not obscure their responses.

In both the case of instructions and of children's responses, subtle differences may exist between adult and child use and understanding of language. For example, studies may use ...

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