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- Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 231mm x 18mm | 476g
- Publication date: 5 April 2007
- Publication City/Country: Belmont, CA
- ISBN 10: 0495115770
- ISBN 13: 9780495115779
- Edition: 7, Revised
- Edition statement: 7th Revised edition
- Sales rank: 133,596
Learn how to design, execute, interpret, and report on simple psychology experiments! David W. Martin blends humor, clear instruction, and solid scholarship to make this concise text a perfect introduction to research methods in psychology. DOING PSYCHOLOGY EXPERIMENTS guides you through the experimentation process in a step-by-step manner. Martin emphasizes the decision-making aspects of research, as well as the logic behind research procedures. He also devotes two separate chapters to many of the ethical questions that confront new experimenters giving you a complete introduction to the psychology laboratory.
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David W. Martin is professor and head of the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University. Previously he was professor and department head at New Mexico State University. He has a bachelor's degree from Hanover College, where he majored in psychology and physics. He also has a master's degree and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he majored in engineering psychology. His teaching interests include experimental methods, introductory psychology, human performance, and attention. He has won teaching awards at both NC State and NMSU. Dr. Martin has published in a number of research journals in the areas of attention, decision making, and memory. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and Psychonomic Society. He has also served as president of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. In his leisure hours, Dr. Martin enjoys running, scuba diving, singing, and playing at the beach with his two young sons. For 12 years he raced dirt-track stockcars and was known as "Dangerous David, the Racing Professor".
This is a very neat little book. It's as close to a page-turner as one can find in this area-it's clearly written by an experimenter who speaks from experience. I was very happy to have reviewed it and I would recommend it to anyone interested in solid, comprehensive psychological research. Daniel Cerutti, Duke University
Table of contents
1. How to Make Orderly Observations. 2. How to Do Experiments. 3. How to Get An Experimental Idea. 4. How to Be Fair with Participants. 5. How to be Fair with Science. 6. How to Find Out What Has Been Done. 7. How to Decide Which Variables to Manipulate and Measure. 8. How to Decide on a Between-Subjects Versus Within-Subject Design. 9. How to Plan Single-Variable, Multiple-Variable, and Converging Series Experiments. 10. How to Design Research that is not Experimental 11. How to Tell When You Are Ready to Begin. 12. How to Interpret Experimental Results. 13. How to Report Experimental Results. Appendix A: How to Do Basic Statistics. Appendix B: Statistical Tables. Appendix C: Table of Random Numbers.