3600pp9 - Chapter 9: Conducting Experiments Practical...

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Chapter 9: Conducting Experiments Practical Questions to Ask What type of design do I need to use? How many variables will I manipulate? How many participants will I need to conduct the study? Setting the Stage We must do two things: 1. Informed consent 2. Tell participants why they are participating in your study Never reveal your hypothesis Demand Characteristics: Any aspect of the experimental situation that “clues” participants in on how they are supposed to behave Deception: Participants are misinformed about the purpose and nature of a study Ethical IF you can show that the study cannot be conducted any other way Why Use Deception?: Participants will behave more naturally Most common in Social Psychology Manufacturer’s Human Relations Consultants (MHRC) Manipulating the IV Straightforward Manipulations Verbally Written Staging events to occur to participants h Used for two reasons: 1. Psychological state
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2. Simulate the “real world” Confederate: Someone posing as a participant, but is actually part of the experiment
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course PSYCH 3600 taught by Professor Whatley during the Fall '11 term at Valdosta State University .

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3600pp9 - Chapter 9: Conducting Experiments Practical...

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