Doing Collaborative Research in Psychology A Team-Based Guide

ISBN-10: 1412988179

ISBN-13: 9781412988179

Edition: 2013

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Description: Doing Collaborative Research in Psychology offers an engaging journey through the process of conducting research in psychology. Using an innovative team-based approach, this hands-on guide will assist undergraduates with their research-in their courses and in collaboration with faculty or graduate student mentors. The focus on this team-based approach reflects the collaborative nature of research methods and experimental psychology. Students learn how to work as a team, generate creative research ideas, design and pilot studies, recruit participants, collect and analyze data, write up results in APA style, and prepare and give formal research presentations.Students also learn practical ways in which they can promote their research skills as they apply to jobs or graduate school. A unique feature to this book is the ability to read chapters of the text either sequentially or separately, which allows the instructor or research mentor the flexibility to assign those chapters most relevant to the current state of the research project.

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List price: $47.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Jerusha B. Detweiler-Bedell is Associate Professor of Psychology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland,Oregon. She received her B.A. and M.A. in psychology from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University. Her program of research brings together investigations of human decision-making, health psychology, and clinical psychology, with the goal of promoting health behaviors by understanding why people fail to do lsquo;whatrsquo;s bestrsquo; for their physical and mental well-being. She co-directs the Behavioral Health and Social Psychology laboratory, where she conducts research with undergraduate student collaborators. The Detweiler-Bedells were awarded a National Science Foundation Course, Curriculum, & Laboratory Inprovement (CCLI) grant in 2008 to further develop and disseminate their methods of mentoring undergraduates in research. Jerusha has co-authored a number of journal articles and the book Treatment Planning in Psychotherapy: Taking the Guesswork Out of Clinical Care. In 2008 Jerusha was named the United States Professor of the Year for Baccalaureate Colleges by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Brian Detweiler-Bedell is Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He received his B.A. and M.A. in psychology from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University. His research examines the influence of emotion on social judgment and decision-making. Together with his wife, Brian co-directs the Behavioral Health and Social Psychology laboratory, which provides an immersive research experience to over a dozen undergraduate student collaborators each year. In 2008 the Detweiler-Bedells were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled, Using Laddered Teams to Promote a Research Supportive Curriculum. Brian has authored a number of journal articles on emotion and decision-making, and he recently served as Director of Lewis & Clark Collegersquo;s HHMI-funded undergraduate science education program, Collaborative Approaches to Undergraduate Science Education (CAUSE).

Foreword: Engaging Students' Curiosity as Research Creators
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Teams
The Undergraduate Research Experience
Team-Based Learning and Teaching
The Evolution of Expertise
Research in the Lab or the Classroom?
Laboratory-Based Research
Classroom-Based Research
Principles of Effective Collaboration
Vision
Togetherness
Ownership
Conclusion
The Idea
Idea Generation
The Need for Creativity
Metaphor as a Powerful Tool: An Example
The Quasselstrippe
Putting Effective Brainstorming Into Practice
Keep a Written Record
Identify an Area of Interest
Brainstorm Individually
Monitor the Group's Dynamics
Avoid Groupthink
Take Time to Pause and Reflect
Conclusion
Theories, Predictions, and the Literature
Theories Are Clear and Concise Explanations
Initially, Keep Your Idea Abstract
The Pitfalls of "the Literature"
The Nuts and Bolts of a Successful Literature Search
Using Databases Such as PsycINFO
Beginning the Search
Knowing When (and How) to Be Strategic
Utilizing the Team to Identify Themes
From Theory to Prediction
Testability of the Prediction
Characteristics of Strong Hypotheses
Utility of the Data
Conclusion
Ethics
The Goals and Ethics of Science
The Formation of Ethics Committees
Research Is Not Reality TV … or Is It?
Protecting Research Participants
Informed Consent
Weighing Risks and Benefits
The Ability to Withdraw Without Penalty
The Debriefing and the Use of Deception
Two Types of Harm
The Nuts and Bolts of an IRB Application
Ethics in Action
Conclusion
Experimental Design
Designing Your Study
Lesson 1: Avoid Complexity
Lesson 2: Utilize the Design Team
Translating Your Plan Into an Elegant Methodology
Experimental Control
Randomization and Counterbalancing
Selecting Measures
Coding Participant Behavior
Utilizing Existing Measures
Creating Your Own Measures
An Application of Measurement Concepts
Investigatings Moderators
Conclusion
Statistics and Data
Beginner's Mind
First of All, Don't Panic!
Statistics as "Principled Argument"
The Basics: Statistics' Three Sacred Tools
The Mean
Standard Deviation
Standard Error
Putting These Tools Together
Advanced Statistics: A Matter of Correlation
The General Linear Model
Statistical Mediation and Partial Correlation
Statistics and Experimental Design
Working With Data
Conclusion
Piloting a Study
What Is a Pilot Study?
Testing Research Materials
The Experimental Manipulation
The Outcome Measures
Identifying Logistical Problems
Training Experimenters
Conducting a Careful Pilot Study
Location
Compensation
The Script and the Extended Debriefing
Using Piloting Feedback
Learning From Experience
Conclusion
Conducting a Study
Avoiding Threats to Internal Validity
Be Organized
Minimize Differences Among Experimenters
Minimize Demand Characteristics
Distribute Participants Across Experimenters
Control the Experimental Environment
Primer on Running Participants
Prepare and Stick to a Script
Memorize Your Opening and Closing
Be Polite and Professional
Appear Confident and Competent
Arrive Early
Wear a "Lab Coat"
Expect Delays and No-Shows
Expect the Occasional Snafu
Document, Document, Document
Reveal Any Deception With Compassion
Participant Recruitment
Challenges Associated With Participant Recruitment
Convenience Sampling
Participant Compensation and Scheduling
Studies Conducted "in the Field" or Online
Challenges Associated With Field Studies
Online Studies
Coordinating Your Team's Efforts
Conclusion
Presentations
The Pitfalls in Presenting
Principles of Good Presentations
Organizing Your Presentation
Provide a Compelling Context
Shape the Context Into a Hypothesis
Describe Your Methods Vividly
Tell a Clear and Concise Story With Your Data
Choose Visual Depictions of Data That Enhance Understanding
Leave the Listener Satisfied, but Craving More
The Reality of Null Results
The Nuts and Bolts of Presenting Your Research
Creating and Delivering an Effective Research Talk
Structuring Your Presentation
Using PowerPoint
Using Presenter Notes
Presentational Style
Refining Talks Through Practice
Editing as a Team
Practice, Practice, Practice
Creating an Effective Poster Presentation
Step 1: Writing Up the Text
Step 2: Selecting the Graphs and Visuals
Step 3: Formatting the Poster
Step 4: Printing the Poster
Step 5: Preparing Handouts
Step 6: Practice!
Conclusion
Research Write-Ups
Collaborative Writing
Using Deadlines
Importance of Regular, Well-Spaced Deadlines
Setting Deadlines as a Team
Creating Outlines
Gather References
Organize Writing Tasks
Outline Each Section of the Paper
Introduction
Methods
Results
Discussion
Overcoming the Challenges of Group Writing
Peer Editing
Who Should Edit Your Paper?
When Should You Solicit Peer Feedback?
What Instructions Should You Give Your Peer Editor?
How Should You Incorporate Feedback?
The Mechanics of Good Writing
Tone and Style
Verb Tense
Headings
Statistics
Citations and Quotations
References
Avoiding Plagiarism
Avoiding Biased Language
Conclusion
Student-Initiated Research
Successful Self-Initiated Projects
The Mentoring Relationship
Identify a Pool of Potential Mentors
Read Potential Mentors' Syllabi and Publications
Approach a Potential Mentor With Your Ideas
Refine, Respond, and Revisit
Commit to a Mentoring Relationship
Developing the Project
Peer Mentoring
Receiving Mentoring From Equally Experienced Peers
Providing Mentoring to Less Experienced Peers
Finding Funding for Student-Initiated Research
Conclusion
The New You
Reflecting on Your Experiences
Assessing Your Experiences
Feedback From Peers
Feedback From Mentors
Integrating Feedback
The Challenge of Self-Assessment
Marketing Yourself to Employers
Informational Interviews
Cover Letters, Resumes, and Interviewing
Marketing Yourself to Graduate Programs
Types of Graduate Degrees
The Process of Applying
Transcripts, Exams, and CVs
Recommendation Letters
The Personal Statement
Waiting, Interviewing, Waiting, and Deciding
How You Have Changed
Conclusion
Appendix: Researcher's Toolbox
Index
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