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Doing Psychology Experiments, 7th Edition

  • David W. Martin North Carolina State University
  • ISBN-10: 0495115770  |  ISBN-13: 9780495115779
  • 380 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 2000, 1996
  • © 2008 | Published
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David W. Martin's unique blend of informality, humor, clear instruction, and solid scholarship make this concise text a popular choice for research methods courses in psychology. DOING PSYCHOLOGY EXPERIMENTS guides students through the experimentation process in a step-by-step manner, teaching them how to design, execute, interpret, and report on simple psychology experiments. 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 - making this text a complete introduction to the psychology laboratory.

Features and Benefits

  • Martin shows students how to perform electronic searches - and he outlines the advantages and pitfalls of using the Internet as an information source.
  • Includes extensive coverage of survey techniques, including surveys by means of interviews, phone, mail, and the Internet.
  • Discusses the benefits derived from animal research, as well as the strict standards required of labs doing this research.
  • Early coverage of external and internal validity and various threats to internal validity help clarify students' understanding of confounding variables.
  • Discussion of between-subject designs precedes coverage of within-subject designs.

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.

What's New

  • Thoroughly updated research references have been added throughout.
  • Chapter 3 now contains a short discussion of the difference between theories that answer proximate question versus ultimate questions.
  • Chapter 4 has an expanded discussion of using the term "participants" rather than "subjects" to include some dissenting points of view. The section on animal ethics has been updated.
  • In Chapter 5 the author expanded the discussion of plagiarism, discussed plagiarizing from the internet, and added some specific examples of violations, and now includes the latest version of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct as it relates to research.
  • The section in Chapter 6, on doing electronic searches including additional information on PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES, has been updated.
  • The discussion of the logic of inferential statistics in Chapter 12, now includes more information about null hypothesis testing, Type I and Type II errors, and determining the power of statistical tests, in addition there is also a brief discussion of three-way interactions.
  • The section in Chapter 13, on giving conference presentations, has been updated because nearly all presentations are now computer-based.
  • In response to reviewer suggestions, the author now includes the proper way to format statistical outcomes within the text of a manuscript, so these are included after each of the worked examples in Appendix A.


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Research in Action DVD Volume i, 1st Edition 2008  (ISBN-10: 0495595209 | ISBN-13: 9780495595205)

Research in Action features the work of research psychologists to give students an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research--not just who is doing it, but also how it is done, and how and where the results are being used. By taking students into the laboratories of both established and up-and-coming researchers, and by showing research results being applied outside of the laboratory, these videos offer insight into both the research process and the many ways in which real people's lives are affected by research in the fields of psychology and neuroscience.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

David W. Martin

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".