PSY 4501: Research Methods


Introduction to research methods in psychology. The primary emphasis is on behavioral research, but the approach can be applied in other fields as the broad basis of scientific thinking.


  1. Discuss the scientific method and its components.
  2. Identify the independent and dependent variables in various research questions. Be able to define these variables using operational definitions.
  3. Identify and evaluate the ethical principles governing research in psychology, including the role of the IRB, use of informed consent, debriefing, and the use of deception in research.
  4. Identify the types of research questions best addressed through observations, surveys and experiments. Identify pros and cons of each research method.
  5. Evaluate whether a study is properly designed and controlled, specifically in terms of avoiding potential confounds, avoiding bias, and preventing violations of various forms of reliability and validity.
  6. Interpret descriptive statistics depicted in charts and tables. Calculate measures of central tendency, standard deviations and confidence intervals.
  7. Identify how researchers use common inferential statistical tests (such as t-tests and ANOVA) to interpret data. Interpret the results of statistical tests using null-hypothesis significance testing. Identify how statistical results are affected by sample size, effect size and power.
  8. Identify the components of a manuscript for an APA-style research paper, including the Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References and supplementary materials.


  1. MTH 2023
  2. PSY 1010


Beginning behavioral research: A conceptual primer (Rev: 7)

Publisher: Pearson (2013)
Author: Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R.
ISBN: 978-0-205-81031-4
Price: $154.31

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