Teaching the Arts of Psychological Research

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Psychology (Scripps)

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Experimental Analysis of Behavior | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


In the standard laboratory course the student is taught to identify and label major components of the experiment such as dependent and independent variables, sample sizes, and experimental controls. The science of experimental research is emphasized. It is much more difficult to convey the arts of experimental research—those decisions that the student learns as rote catechism and that the professional researcher has acquired through slowly accreting clinical experience. These decisions are at the heart of psychological research as a problem solving process; they include the type of design, the naivete of the subjects, the sample size, etc.

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