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One of your tasks as a graduate student is to conduct an original research project. That task has three formal components: (a) present a proposal to your thesis committee, (b) collect and analyze the data, and (c) defend the final thesis before your thesis committee.
The statistics course (Psy 585) provides a conceptual framework for thinking about experimental research designs (e.g., a 2 x 2 factorial analysis of variance is a experimental research design) and how to analyze those designs. The SPSS course (Psy 580) provides a tool to analyze your data. The research practicum (Psy 603) is an opportunity to work with your mentor in a specific research area.
The focus of the course is on
A. Psychology on the WWW
(1) Spend at least a couple of hours learning how to to use Ovid to search published literature. If you have a proposal topic or area, then use this time to begin the literature search for your proposal. Explore the resources on the web that are relevant to your research interests.
(2) Browse the web and find two scientific sites that are relevant to your research area that are not already listed in Psych-Link. E-mail the cites to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a sentence or two of comments about the site. I'll add them to the specialty areas section.
American Psychological Association. (1994). Content and organization of a manuscript. In Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (4th ed., pp. 1-22). Washington, DC: Author.
American Psychological Association. (1996).Pub manual FAQ: Frequently asked questions about the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (4th ed.) [On-line].Available:
There have been several changes in the recommendations for citing electronic media, including web pages. See the new APA guidelines at: http://www.apa.org/journals/webref.html
Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The elements of style (3rd ed.). New York: Macmillan.
Research must be conducted in an ethical manner. We will discuss the APA Ethical Guidelines and the procedures for obtaining approval of the approval of the Colorado University - Colorado Springs Institutional Review Board (IRB). You will be required to hand in the IRB approval form with your research proposal.
American Psychological Association. (1992). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. American Psychologist, 47, 1597-1611. (An online version is available, see APA below in "Links."
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Policies and Procedures:
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Office of Sponsored Programs: Policies and Procedures on Research Involving Human Subjects
Note: You can download/save these files and then edit them using a word processor that can read .html files (e.g., MS Word 95). See the Appendices of the Policies and Procedures link for the following forms: Request for Renewal Form, Report of Change Form, and Sample Consent Form.
Ethical Guidelines Online:
American Psychological Association (1996). APA ethics information. [On-line]. Available: http://www.apa.org/ethics/ethics.html .
Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Research Integrity
Whitley, B. E., Jr. (1996). Behavioral science: Theory, research, and application. In Principles of research in behavioral science (pp. 1-30). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.
Whitley, B. E., Jr. (1996). Research strategies: An overview . In Principles of research in behavioral science (pp. 31-59). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.
Platt, J. R. (1964). Strong inference. Science, 146, 347-353.
Whitley, B. E., Jr. (1996). Formulating a research question. In Principles of research in behavioral science (pp. 61-95). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.
Whitley, B. E., Jr. (1996). Developing a measurement strategy. In Principles of research in behavioral science (pp. 97-128). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.
Whitley, B. E., Jr. (1996). Scaling and coding. In Principles of research in behavioral science (pp. 129-167). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.
2000 Lee A. Becker -updated 02/10/00