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Running Behavioral Studies With Human Participants

Running Behavioral Studies With Human Participants
A Practical Guide

January 2013 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This text provides a concrete roadmap for the design and implimentation of experiments using human participants. It covers both conceptual and practical issues that are critical to experimental methods and the organization of the book follows the standard process in experiment-based research.

Both students and instructors will find this book accessible and easy to use. The detailed guidance on each step of an experiment is particularly useful for people with little or no previous training in research methodology. Further, the example studies will serve as effective 'recipes' to help students organize their experimental studies.


- shows students how to prepare to run experiments covering important topics such as how to recruit participants, maintainance of apparatus, and what to measure from the experiment

- a separate chapter on ethics examines ethical considerations necessary for running experiments with human participants

- a separate chapter covers essential information on IRBs (Institutional Review Boards)

- provides example studies with a brief synopsis of procedural steps. so that students can learn detailed procedures for preparing and running an experiment.

1. Introduction
2. Preparation For Running Experiments
3. Potential Ethical Problems
4. Risks to Validity to Avoid While Running an Experiment
5. Running a Research Session
6. Concluding a Study
Appendix 1: A Checklist for Preparing Studies
Appendix 2: Example Scripts for Running Studies
Appendix 3: Example Consent Form
Appendix 4: Example Debriefing Form
Appendix 5: Example Institutional Review Board Application
Appendix 6: Considerations When Running a Study Online

excellent companion to Creswell book.

Dr Ernesto Rosario-Hernandez
Psychology , Ponce School of Medicine
July 3, 2013

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