Research Methods for Social Psychology teaches students to think like an experimental social psychologist. Striking a balance between theoretical sophistication and hands-on activities and exercises, this engaging text offers a friendly approach to methodology and a successful means of motivating students to design and execute their own social psychological research.
Active learning activities on social psychology in each chapter, as well as thought exercises at the end of each chapterGuidance on developing social psychology research topics, advice on ethics reviews of research projects, instructions on how to design independent and dependent variables, and assistance with performing a post-experimental interviews with participantsA stand alone chapter on basic data analysis, in addition to directions for putting statistical results into wordsGuidance on writing APA-style summaries of social psychology experiments, as well as giving oral and poster presentations; includes a sample annotated APA-style lab reportInstructor test bank with questions and answers for each chapter available at www.wiley.com/go/dunn
Dana S. Dunn is Professor of Psychology at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Among other works, he is the author of Statistics and Data Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences (2001), and A Short Guide to Writing about Psychology (2004), as well as several works currently in preparation, including Best Practices for Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology (with Randolph Smith and Jane Halonen; 2009), Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century, 9th edition (with Wayne Weiten and Margaret A. Lloyd; 2009), and the second edition of The Practical Researcher: A Student Guide to Conducting Psychological Research (Wiley Blackwell; 2010). Dana Dunn is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a charter member of the American Psychological Society (APS).
Detailed Table of Contents. List of Active Learning Exercises. Preface. Acknowledgments. 1 Studying Social Psychology. 2 Developing Research Topics in Social Psychology. 3 Ethical Issues in Social Psychological Research. 4 Basic Experimental Design. 5 Alternatives to Experimental Research in Social Psychology. 6 Developing Questionnaires and Surveys. 7 Introducing a Difference: Independent Variables. 8 Measuring What Happens: Dependent Variables. 9 Validity and Realism in Research. 10 Conducting Social Psychology Experiments: Practical Matters. 11 Data Analysis. 12 Presenting Social Psychological Research. Appendix A Major Journals in Social Psychology. Appendix B Reading Journal Articles in Social Psychology. Appendix C Annotated Student Research Paper. References. Author Index. Subject Index