Click here to hear a discussion of the ethical issues raised by trying to test whether medical interns should work more than 30 hours.
Click here to read an analysis of why academic polls under-estimated the number of Trump voters (mentions response rates!)
Click here to listen to a recent NPR story about testing different EMT interventions (I mentioned this study in class).
Click here to listen to a recent NPR story about the limitations of meta-analyses.
Click here to read New York Times piece about internet polls.
Click here to read an interesting opinion piece from the New York Times.
Class will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, 8:10 - 9:50 am in Stevenson 3036.
this course, students should be able to understand and critically evaluate
major research methods in psychology and the social sciences.
- Articulate the value of empirical social science research.
- Explain different research methods used by psychologists and other
- Describe how various research designs address different types of questions
- 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,
- 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
- Recognize that individual differences and sociocultural contexts may
influence the applicability of research findings.
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.)
Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Guide to APA reference format
Sample APA style paper