Discovering the Scientist Within

Article: Benefits of Mixed Methods (or Why You Should Include Qualitative Methods in Your Research)

This article “The Benefits of a Bigger Toolbox: Mixed Methods in Psychological Research“from the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research was written by Debi Brannan Western Oregon University and advocates for integrating quantitative methods with qualitative methods. The article describes: What Are Mixed Methods? Benefits and Challenges of Mixed Methodology, Data Collection Strategies, and the …

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Careers in Research Methods, UX, and Statistics

Arizona State University has a fantastic site where the post videos and career information (e.g, estimated salaries and suggested coursework) for a range of potential psychology careers, including statistics. On the research methods and user experience career page, they explain “In the fields of applied research, you will utilize your knowledge of research methods to …

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Jamovi Assignments for Introductory Statistics

Kimberly A. Barchard (LinkedIn), Matthew R. Helm, John D. Watt from the Interactive Measurement Group at University of Nevada, Las Vegas have created a series of Jamovi assignments.  These assignments take students from the basics of opening data files to the complexities of creating a professional conference poster. These assignments use real data that were collected …

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Developing a Good Elevator Pitch

Being able to communicate your study’s purpose quickly and effectively is important. Often we need to share our science with non-experts, so being able to capture others’ interest in an engaging way from the start, helps them see the value of our work. Elevator pitches are traditionally thought of in the context of a job …

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Write with Purpose: What Do You Want Your Paragraph To Do?

Students often have the greatest anxiety about writing the Introduction and Discussion sections of an APA style paper. Part of the problem is that they struggle with writing properly constructed paragraphs. This guide from the University of Newcastle not only describes several types of paragraphs, but outlines what the topic, supporting, and concluding sentences should …

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Video: Misunderstanding Scientific Studies (with John Oliver)

On this short (4:05) clip from Last Week Tonight, John Oliver outlines how to be a better consumer of scientific information (e.g., don’t give too much significance to individual studies) and how communication to the public can misinterpret findings altogether.

Principles to Improve Instructional Videos’ Effectiveness

This is an article on The Effortful Educator from Blake Harvard (Twitter: @effortfuleduktr) that reviews “Five ways to increase the effectiveness of instructional video.” Going forward, because more of us will need to create videos for our courses, we should learn as much as we can about making those videos as effective as possible. In …

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NOBA: Statistical Thinking

A chapter by Beth Chance and Allan Rossman that introduces several key topics in statistics such as: distributions, p-values, confidence intervals, samples/populations, and drawing statistical conclusions . This chapter could serve as an introduction to the topic or as a refresher for students in a more advanced course. You can access the full chapter here.

NOBA: Research Designs

An article by Christie Napa Scollon that outlines the basics of research designs in psychology, including information about experimental vs. correlational design. This reading would be a good introduction to the topic, or a good review for students who previously took a methods course. You can access the full chapter here.