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Research Methods

The Science of Psychology


Reliability & Validity

Conceptualizing a Research Study

Descriptive Methods

Key Elements of Experimental Design

Experimental Designs

Quasi-Experimental Designs

Applying Research Concepts

General Review Material


Why We Need Statistics

Levels of Measurement

Central Tendency and Variability

Inferential Statistics

Statistical Significance

Single Sample t-test

t-test for Dependent Means

t-test for Independent Means

One-way Analysis of Variance

Factorial Analysis of Variance

Repeated Measures Analysis of Variance




Scale Reliability

Applying Statistical Concepts

General Review Material

Activity: Having Fun with Operational Definitions

This activity provides an opportunity for students to reinforce their understanding of independent and dependent Read More...

Activity: Identifying Confounds

This practice activity gives students practice identifying confounds in several descriptions of research.

Activity: Letter Preference Effects: A Student-Friendly Paradigm for Teaching Basic Research Methods Concepts

This resource consists of a small set of “student-friendly” articles that collectively provide an empirical Read More...

PowerPoint: Manipulating Independent Variables Lecture

This lecture introduces students to several different ways of manipulating independent variables. Some techniques Read More...

PowerPoint: Measuring Dependent Variables Lecture

This lecture introduces students to several different ways of measuring behavior as the dependent variable. Read More...

Practice: Measuring Dependent Variables: Types and Scales of Measurement

This is a brief in-class activity to help students review different types of measurement for dependent variables Read More...