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Lab Manual for Psychological Research

Lab Manual for Psychological Research

Revised Third Edition

September 2015 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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Packed with checklists and how-to sections, this practical lab manual includes a wealth of hands-on exercises focusing on research methods, research projects, APA style, and avoiding plagiarism. New to the Revised Third Edition are 13 exercises designed to help students develop some of the more difficult research skills.

The Process of Research in Psychology, Third Edition: Using diverse examples from published research, this core text provides step-by-step coverage on how to design, conduct, and present a research study.

Part I. Research Methods Exercises
Knowledge Exercise: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?
Science Versus Pseudoscience Exercise
Design a Study Exercise
Naturalistic Observation Group Exercise
Survey Research Exercise
Science in the News
How to Read Empirical Journal Articles
Reading Journal Articles Exercise—Assefi and Garry (2003)
Reading Journal Articles Exercise—Mueller and Oppenheimer (2014)
Reading Journal Articles Exercise—Lee et al. (2014)
Reading Journal Articles Exercise—Roediger and Karpicke (2006)
Lab Assignment: Library Exercise
Learning Check—Basics of Psychological Research
Research Design Exercise
Design and Data Collection Exercise
Identifying and Developing Hypotheses About Variables
Experiments Exercise
Independent and Dependent Variables Exercise
Identifying Variables From Abstracts
Identifying Variables From Empirical Articles
Internal and External Validity Exercise
Learning Check—Experimental Designs
Ethics Exercise
Ethics Exercise Paper
Sample Consent Form
Learning Check—Ethics
Subject Sampling Exercise
Descriptive Statistics Exercise
Graphing Exercise
Correlations and Scatterplots Exercise
Inferential Statistics Exercise
Inferential Statistics and Analysis Exercise
Hypothesis Generation Exercise
Statistics With Excel Exercise
Learning Check—Statistics
Bias and Control Exercise
Factorial Design Exercise
Factorial Design Exercise—Sproesser, Schupp, and Renner (2014)
Factorial Design Exercise—Farmer, McKay, and Tsakiris (2014)
Describing Main Effects and Interactions Exercise
Specialized Designs Exercise: Developmental
Learning Check—Bias and Control and Specialized Designs
Part II. Research Project Exercises
Getting Your Research Ideas for the Group Project
Picking Your Research Idea for the Group Project
Brief Literature Review for Group Project Development
Variables in Your Group Projects
Mock Institutional Review Board Form
Pilot of Research Project
Statistical Analyses for Your Group Project
Group Project Literature Review
Group Project Methods Section
Group Project Results Section
Group Project Discussion Section
Group Project Abstract
Poster Presentation Checklist
Oral Presentation Checklist
Group Project Progress Report
Part III. APA Style Exercises
Sample APA Paper
Creating References
APA Style Quiz
APA Style Exercise
Sample Manuscript Text
APA Exercise: Organizing and Formatting a Complete Report—Part A
APA Exercise: Organizing and Formatting a Complete Report—Part B
APA Exercise: Organizing and Formatting a Complete Report—Part C
APA Exercise: Organizing and Formatting a Complete Report—Part D
APA Style Manuscript Checklist
APA Style 6th Edition Update—A Summary of the Changes
Part IV. Avoiding Plagiarism Exercises
Academic Honesty Guidelines—What Is (and Isn’t) Plagiarism
Examples of Plagiarism
Identifying and Avoiding Plagiarism
Key features


  • Four types of exercises offer a full and completely hands-on set of experiences:

Research Methods exercises include topics such as designing a study, sampling, adhering to ethical principles, and working with specialized designs.
o Research Project exercises engage students with the logistics of working on and presenting a research project both individually and in groups.
o APA-style exercises help students learn how to report research in APA style and prepare them for appropriately presenting research in their academic and professional careers.
o Avoiding Plagiarism exercises provide students with examples and hands-on tips.

  • 13 new exercises help students develop skills in factorial design, correlations and scatterplots, design and data collection, identifying and developing hypotheses about variables, inferential statistics and analysis, internal and external validity, and more, to become more advanced researchers.
  • An appendix correlates the lab manual content to the material in Dawn M. McBride's bestselling text, The Process of Research in Psychology, Third Edition

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