Textbook: Conducting Research in Psychology: Measuring the Weight of Smoke (2nd Edition).
Course Objectives: The main goals of this course are: 1) to understand and to critically evaluate research in social psychology, and 2) to acquire the skills necessary to conduct research in social psychology.
Grading: Final grades will be based on a midterm and final exam (each worth 25% of your grade), a final paper based on your group research project (worth 20%), five brief written assignments (worth 15%), and class participation (worth 15%).
Your participation grade will be based on the following: 1) attendance in class, 2) participation in class discussions, 3) completion of NIH On-line Ethics Course, 4) class homework assignments, 5) a class presentation of your group's proposed research project, and 6) a final class presentation at the end of the semester.
Late papers: Late papers will be deducted 5% per day. Papers not received in class will be considered one day late.
Attendance: Students are responsible for all material presented and discussed in class including handouts, group presentations and announcements.
Exams: The format for the midterm and final exams will be short answer/essay.
Missed Exams/Presentations: The only acceptable excuse for a missed exam or group presentation is a personal or family illness. Verification must be provided and the instructor must be notified prior to the exam or presentation.
|Topics and Exams:||Reading|
|Jan 14||Introduction|| |
|Jan 16||Film: On Becoming a Social Psychologist||Chapters 1 and 2|
|Jan 21||Overview of methodologies||Chapter 3|
|Jan 23||Experimental design|| |
|Jan 28||Alternative methods||Chapter 4|
|Jan 30||Causality|| |
|Feb 4||Manipulating independent variables|
*NIH On-line Ethics Course deadline*
|NIH On-line Ethics
|Feb 6||Measuring dependent variables|| |
|Feb 11||Alternative explanations||Chapter 6|
|Feb 13||Group Meetings|| |
|Feb 18||Surveys||Chapter 7|
|Feb 20||Cover stories and debriefing|| |
|Feb 25 |
|Testing Hypotheses||Chapters 8|
|Feb 27||Review|| |
|Mar 4||Midterm|| |
|Mar 6||Midsemester break|| |
|Mar 11||Group Meetings||Chapters 10, 11, and 12|
|Mar 13||Class Presentations- Research Proposals|| |
|Mar 18||Class Presentations- Research Proposals|| |
|Mar 20||Analyzing Data|| |
|Mar 25/27||Spring Break!|| |
|Apr 1||Ethical issues in research|| Baumrind, D.
(1964). Some |
thoughts on ethics of research.
Milgram, S. (1964). Issues in the
study of obedience.
|Apr 3||Ethical issues in research|| |
|Apr 8|| Demand characteristics |
and experimenter bias
|Apr 10||Subject Bias|| Sears, D.
sophomores in the laboratory.
|Apr 15||Cross-cultural research|| Betancourt, H. & Lopez, S.
The study of culture, ethnicity, and
race in American Psychology.
|Apr 17||Cross-cultural research|| |
|Apr 22||Cross-cultural research||Nisbitt, R. (1993).
Violence and |
US Regional Culture.
|Apr 24||Hands-on Methodology Problems||Chapter 13|
|Apr 29||Class Presentations|| |
|May 1||Final Exam|| |