This text is about doing science and the active process of reading, learning, thinking, generating ideas, designing experiments, and the logistics surrounding each step of the research process. In easy-to-read, conversational language, Kim MacLin teaches students experimental design principles and techniques using a tutorial approach in which students read, critique, and analyze over 75 actual experiments from every major area of psychology. She provides them with real-world information about how science in psychology is conducted and how they can participate.

Recognizing that students come to an experimental design course with their own interests and perspectives, MacLin covers many subdisciplines of psychology throughout the text, including IO psychology, child psychology, social psychology, behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, health psychology, educational/school psychology, legal psychology, and personality psychology, among others. Part I of the text is content oriented and provides an overview of the principles of experimental design. Part II contains annotated research articles for students to read and analyze. Classic articles have been retained and 11 new ones have been added, featuring contemporary case studies, information on the Open Science movement, expanded coverage on ethics in research, and a greater focus on becoming a better writer, clarity and precision in writing, and reducing bias in language.

This edition is up to date with the latest APA Publication Manual (7th edition) and includes an overview of the updated bias-free language guidelines, the use of singular "they," the new ethical compliance checklist, and other key changes in APA style. This text is essential reading for students and researchers interested in and studying experimental design in psychology.

part I|138 pages

Basic Principles in Experimental Design

chapter Chapter 1|21 pages

An Introduction to Scientific Inquiry

chapter Chapter 2|7 pages

The Psychological Literature

Reading for Understanding and as a Source of Research Ideas

chapter Chapter 3|12 pages

Basic Experimental Design in Psychology

chapter Chapter 4|15 pages

Advanced Design Techniques

chapter Chapter 5|15 pages

Using Experimental Design to Control Variables

chapter Chapter 6|10 pages

Control of Subject Variables

chapter Chapter 7|9 pages

Design Critiques

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

Ethics of Experimental Research

chapter Chapter 9|34 pages

The Research Process

part II|186 pages

Analysis of Experiments

chapter Chapter 10|10 pages

The Look of Love

chapter Chapter 11|16 pages

Emotions and Chronic Fatigue

chapter Chapter 12|16 pages

Temperature and Loneliness

chapter Chapter 13|8 pages

Violent Media

chapter Chapter 14|7 pages

Aggression and Schizophrenia

chapter Chapter 15|11 pages

Workplace Deviance

chapter Chapter 16|14 pages

Controlling Racial Prejudice

chapter Chapter 17|9 pages

Children’s Reasoning

chapter Chapter 18|8 pages

False Confessions

chapter Chapter 19|11 pages

Androgens and Toy Preference

chapter Chapter 20|13 pages

Language-Trained Chimpanzees

chapter Chapter 21|16 pages

Peer Excellence and Quitting

chapter Chapter 22|8 pages

Remembering and Eyes

chapter Chapter 23|19 pages

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

chapter Chapter 24|8 pages

Police Responses to Criminal Suspects

chapter Chapter 25|7 pages

Sleep Learning

chapter |1 pages

A Final, Final Note