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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.
Chapter 9: Experimental Designs
Knowing about experimental designs is essential if you are planning an experiment. It is highly unlikely that you would decide to set off on a cross-country trip without a road map. Although you might eventually reach your destination, you would likely waste time and money getting there. On the other hand, you might get hopelessly lost and never find your planned stopping point. Likewise, you should never plan an experiment without first considering its design. Although you might be fortunate and plan an experiment that would answer the question that you had in mind, it is much more likely that you would waste your time and end up with a mess on your hands.
Purpose of Experimental Designs
Psychologists use experiments to answer questions ...