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.
Chapter 1 – Teams
Chapter 2 – The Idea
Chapter 3 – Theories, Predictions and the Literature
Chapter 4 – Ethics
Chapter 5 – Experimental Design
Chapter 6 – Statistics and Data
Chapter 7 – Piloting a Study
Chapter 8 – Conducting a Study
Chapter 9 – Presentations
Chapter 10 – Research Write-Ups
Chapter 11 – Student-Initiated Research
Chapter 12 – The New You
Although the empirical project included in the course is individual, this books provides helpful additional information for planning, conducting and interpreting a study. Hence it is recommended for all students who aim at deeper understanding of the research process.
Dr Nikolay Ratchev
General, Experimental, and Developmental Psychology, University of Sofia
A helpful guide for those participating in collaborative research, although more so for post-graduate students and beyond rather than undergraduates. Some chapters may be more helpful in such a case (i.e. there are some great tips in the 'conducting a study' chapter that are good for those new to research) but some of the other sections (i.e. presentations and writing up) are less suited to our students who are not to report the work collaboratively.