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How to Design and Report Experiments

How to Design and Report Experiments

First Edition

January 2003 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How to Design and Report Experiments is the perfect textbook and guide to the often bewildering world of experimental design and statistics. It provides a complete map of the entire process beginning with how to get ideas about research, how to refine your research question and the actual design of the experiment, leading on to statistical procedure and assistance with writing up of results.

While many books look at the fundamentals of doing successful experiments and include good coverage of statistical techniques, this book very importantly considers the process in chronological order with specific attention given to effective design in the context of likely methods needed and expected results. Without full assessment of these aspects, the experience and results may not end up being as positive as one might have hoped. Ample coverage is then also provided of statistical data analysis, a hazardous journey in itself, and the reporting of findings, with numerous examples and helpful tips of common downfalls throughout.

Combining light humour, empathy with solid practical guidance to ensure a positive experience overall, How to Design and Report Experiments will be essential reading for students in psychology and those in cognate disciplines with an experimental focus or content in research methods courses.

Before You Begin
Planning an Experiment
Experimental Designs
Descriptive Statistics
Inferential Statistics
Parametric Tests
Non-Parametric Tests
Choosing a Statistical Test
A Quick Guide to Writing a Psychology Lab-Report
General Points When Writing a Report
Answering the Question 'Why?'
The Introduction Section

Answering the Question 'How?'
The Method Section

Answering the Question 'What Did I Find?'
The Results Section

Answering the Question 'So What?'
The Discussion Section

Title, Abstract, Reference and Formatting
Example of an Experimental Write-up

This is a very good book for students facing for the first time the task of designing and running their own experiments.

Dr Diego Frassinelli
Linguistics , University of Stuttgart
April 29, 2016

I found this book a good one to helping students start thinking how to design experiements starting from reaseach/ethics proposals

Dr George Varvatsoulias
Counselling, Newham College of Further Education
September 30, 2015

This book seems not to have been updated. We are still looking for an up-to-date hands-on book on designing experiments.

Dr Yfke Ongena
Communication & Information Studies, Groningen University (RuG)
August 27, 2015

Well structured and understandable introduction in the design, statistical analysis, and reporting of psychological experiments. I can recommend the book for experimental seminars in psychology.

Mr Christoph Freiherr von Castell
Department of Psychology, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
August 5, 2015

Amazing book, easy to understand. My students will love it.

Mr Emanuel Turcu
School of Information and Communication Technology, Aalborg University
July 6, 2015

This has been very well received by the students and they have found it very helpful for writing their class reports.

Dr Kate Hammond
School of Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London
June 19, 2015

an easy-to-read and user friendly manual. Excellent for students.

Dr Matteo Martini
School of Psychology, University of East London
March 20, 2015

a great book for undergraduate students

Mrs Anne Scrimgeour
School of Psychology, Dundee University
February 19, 2015

Chose another text

Dr Aisha Lowe
Education, William Jessup University
December 28, 2014

I was looking for more of a lab manual--rather than a full textbook on designing experiments

Dr Paul Gladden
Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice, Middle Georgia State College
December 18, 2014