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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

Basics of SPSS

Discovering the Scientist Within offers an utterly unique approach to the research methods course. Rather than taking students through statistical methods one at a time, the authors provide a series of realistic and engaging case studies with each design-focused chapter presenting a single study start to finish. View More

Discovering the Scientist Within

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...