Research Methods

Article: Self-Report Vs. Behavioral Logs in the Measurement of Digital Media Use

A meta-analysis looking at the correlation (or lack thereof) of self-report measures of media use and measures that track actual behavior. This would be useful to add to a discussion of types of measurement (contrasting the strengths and weaknesses of self-report and behavioral measures. Parry, D.A., Davidson, B.I., Sewall, C.J.R. et al. (2021). A systematic review and …

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Article: Misunderstandings about Short Scales and Ways to Address Them

Measures that use fewer than 10 items are considered “short” and pose some challenges, including concerns about validity. This special issue addresses several misconceptions about these scales and offers ways to counteract potential problems. Ziegler, M., Kemper, C. J., & Kruyen, P. (2014). Short scales – Five misunderstandings and ways to overcome them [Editorial]. Journal of …

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Example Syllabus – Research Methods (A Workshop Approach)

A sample syllabus for a 200-level research methods course taught by Dr. Jennifer Tomlinson of Colgate University. Her course is innovative and hands-on (exactly what students enjoy and benefit from). As she describes in her syllabus “PSYC 200 is more “workshop” than “class.” Each meeting is designed to engage you in the kinds of puzzle …

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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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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: 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.

NOBA: Conducting Research in the Real World

An article by Matthias Mehl that advocates for taking our research out of the lab and exploring phenomena in the real world. The discussion touches on topics like internal/external validity, ecological validity, sampling, as well as several specific/specialized methods related to capturing daily information from participants. The chapter also includes information about conducting research online …

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NOBA: Why Science?

This article by Ed Diener provides a brief primer on the science of psychology. The article focuses on defining science, showing how it applies to psychology, discusses ethical considerations, and why science is so useful in psychology. In any psychology course, but especially research methods, this article would provide students with a really nice introduction …

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