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Discovering the Scientist Within offers an utterly unique approach to the research methods course. Rather than taking students through statistical methods one at a time, the authors provide a series of realistic and engaging case studies with each design-focused chapter presenting a single study start to finish. View More

Discovering the Scientist Within

Activity: Having Fun with Operational Definitions

This activity provides an opportunity for students to reinforce their understanding of independent and dependent variables as well as their ability to operational define them within the context


Activity: Identifying Confounds

This practice activity gives students practice identifying confounds in several descriptions of research.

Identifying Confounds

Activity: Letter Preference Effects: A Student-Friendly Paradigm for Teaching Basic Research Methods Concepts

This resource consists of a small set of “student-friendly” articles that collectively provide an empirical basis for any number of easily conducted class research projects on the topic


PowerPoint: Manipulating Independent Variables Lecture

This lecture introduces students to several different ways of manipulating independent variables. Some techniques covered include: mock Facebook profiles, priming, having participants count


PowerPoint: Measuring Dependent Variables Lecture

This lecture introduces students to several different ways of measuring behavior as the dependent variable. Several types of behavioral measures are shown, including: behavioral trace, behavioral


Practice: Measuring Dependent Variables: Types and Scales of Measurement

This is a brief in-class activity to help students review different types of measurement for dependent variables as well as identify scales of measurement.