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Instructor Info:Tom Cain
Office Extension x413 559-6218
TA Info:Greg Larsen
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 112
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 112

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to many of the research methods used in social psychological research. The main focus of this course will not only be to learn about research methods, but also when it is most appropriate to use one specific method or technique over another. These skills are essential to understanding research articles and performing your own research. Students will be expected to design, implement, and write up their own experiments.

Course Objectives:

The main objectives of this course are:

-To gain a better understanding of how to conduct research in psychology in general, and social psychology specifically.

-To gain experience in creating and conducting your own research.

-To develop clear, concise, and thoughtful writing.

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated on bi-weekly papers, class participation, and a final paper/presentation. In order to receive an evaluation in this class:

-You may have no more than 5 absences (3 or more absences will be noted on your evaluation).

-You may have no more than 1 missing 'bi-weekly paper'.

-You may have no more than 2 late 'bi-weekly papers'.

-Everyone must complete a final paper on time in order to receive an evaluation in this class.

Bi-weekly papers:

Students will be expected to submit a short paper once every other week. This paper should be no more than 2 pages (double-spaced). The instructions for the first of these papers is posted. Instructions for future papers will be posted soon.

Class participation:

Students will be expected to contribute to class discussions and activities. Please be respectful of others.

Final paper:

Students will be expected to write a 10-12 page method section, in APA style, based on a study that you will be designing and conducting in class. Students will give a short presentation of your paper to the class (more details on this paper to come later in the semester).

Additional Info:


Whitley, B. E. (1996). Principles of research in behavioral science. Mayfield Publishing.