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Psy 280: Research Methods

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We will meet in Schulz 2010, Monday, April 18th.

Click here to read a recent discussion of response rates and political polls publsihed in The Week.

Click here to see a few of the findings you all found during last Monday's lab.

For those of you who have heard about the recent debate over whether experimental results in psychology can be replicated or not, you might find the Slate.com summary interesting: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/cover_story/2016/03/ego_depletion_an_influential_theory_in_psychology_may_have_just_been_debunked.html

Class will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, 8:10 - 9:50 am in Stevenson 3072.

Course Goal:

Upon completing this course, students should be able to understand and critically evaluate major research methods in psychology and the social sciences.

Course Objectives:

  • Articulate the value of empirical social science research.
  • Explain different research methods used by psychologists and other social scientists.
  • Describe how various research designs address different types of questions and hypotheses.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from empirical research. " Interpret basic statistical conclusions.
  • Distinguish between statistical significance and practical significance.
  • Evaluate the validity of conclusions presented in research reports.
  • Recognize that theoretical and sociocultural contexts as well as personal biases may shape research questions, design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Generalize research conclusions appropriately based on the limitations of particular research methods.
  • Recognize the limitations of applying normative conclusions to individuals.
  • Acknowledge that research results may have unanticipated societal consequences.
  • Recognize that individual differences and sociocultural contexts may influence the applicability of research findings.

Recommended Text:
Stangor, C. (2007). Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing. (Please do not pay full price for any edition of this book.)

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Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
Stevenson 3089
664-2587
smithh@sonoma.edu

Course assignments:
Research review paper
Three questions assignment
Project 1
Project 2
Project 3


Helpful information:
Guide to APA reference format
Sample APA style paper