Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences

Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences

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While there are many books available on statistical analysis of data from experiments, there is significantly less available on the design, development, and actual conduct of the experiments. Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences summarizes how to design and conduct scientifically sound experiments, be they from surveys, interviews, observations, or experimental methods. The book encompasses how to collect reliable data, the appropriate uses of different methods, and how to avoid or resolve common problems in experimental research. Case study examples illustrate how multiple methods can be used to answer the same research questions and what kinds of outcome would result from each methodology. Sound data begins with effective data collection. This book will assist students and professionals alike in sociology, marketing, political science, anthropology, economics, and psychology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 534 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0128101288
  • 9780128101285

Table of contents

Part I - Designing and Conducting Experiments

Chapter 1 - Why Do Experiments?

Chapter 2 - Ethics and Experiments

Chapter 3 - Logical and Philosophical Foundations of Experimental Research in the Social Sciences

Chapter 4 - Training Interviewers and Experimenters

Chapter 5 - Human Participants in Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences

Chapter 6 - Developing Your Experiment

Chapter 7 - Common Problems and Solutions in Experiments

Part II - Experiments Across the Social Sciences

Chapter 8 - Laboratory Experiments in Sociology

Chapter 9 - Experiments on Exchange Relations and Exchange Networks in Sociology

Chapter 10 - Social Dilemma Experiments in Sociology, Psychology, Political Science and Economics

Chapter 11 - Hypotheses, Operationalizations, and Manipulation Checks

Chapter 12 - The Standardized Experimental Situation in Expectation States Research: Notes on History, Uses, and Special Features

Chapter 13 - Experimental Political Science

Chapter 14 - Voting and Agenda Setting in Political Science and Economics

Chapter 15 - Economic Games for Social Scientists

Chapter 16 - Solving Coordination Problems, Experimentally

Chapter 17 - Experimental Studies of Media Stereotyping Effects

Chapter 18 - Judgment and Decision-Making

Chapter 19 - Experiments in Organizational Behavior

Part III - Applied Research and Proposals

Chapter 20 - Conducting Applied Experimental Research

Chapter 21 - Funding Experiments, Writing Proposals
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"...the strongest part of this book were the chapters on methodology and on experimental implementation. The methodological discussions and concepts were excellent...and the advice for implementation covered quite a lot of ground."
--Rachol Croson, University of Texas at Dallas in Journal of Economic Psychology, 2008

"...this is a long-awaited volume, which will serve many social scientists well into the future as a guide to experimentation in a very pragmatic sense."
-Contemporary Sociology, 37,6
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