Overview and Course Objectives
This course is designed to familiarize you with the strategies used to apply the scientific method to psychological questions. In this course, you will learn how to evaluate research to determine whether you can have confidence in its conclusions, and you will apply this knowledge to the design, administration, analysis, and reporting of your own research project.
Your mission in this course is to:
- Obtain a broad knowledge base of research strategies and techniques.
- Develop critical-thinking and research skills in the context of psychological questions.
- Improve your ability to effectively communicate your ideas in writing and speaking.
It is my hope that this course will contribute to the mission of Hanover College by encouraging:
- Transformative inquiry, by promoting a more scientific and skeptical way of approaching truth claims, especially in psychology.
- Lifelong learning, by showing you that you can answer empirical questions yourself, either by consulting primary sources or by conducting your own research; and
- Meaningful service, by seeing how research can help to solve real-world problems.
Science and the Scientific Method
The Scientific Literature
Evaluating Research, Types of Research
Writing the Method Section
Writing the Introduction and Abstract
Between-Subjects and Within-Subjects Designs
Threats to Validity for Within-Subjects Designs
Main Effects and Interactions
Writing the Results and Discussion Sections
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