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Thompson, W. Burt – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
When a psychologist announces a new research finding, it is often based on a rejected null hypothesis. However, if that hypothesis is true, the claim is a false alarm. Many students mistakenly believe that the probability of committing a false alarm equals alpha, the criterion for statistical significance, which is typically set at 5%. Instructors…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Hypothesis Testing, Misconceptions, Data Interpretation
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Landrum, R. Eric; Gurung, Regan A. R.; Amsel, Eric – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
We compared the performance of senior psychology majors, introductory psychology students, and similarly aged individuals with no college psychology on seven different outcome measures including multiple-choice knowledge tests, attitudes, and open-ended scenarios requiring qualitative responses. On all measures, both senior psychology majors and…
Descriptors: Psychology, Academic Achievement, Introductory Courses, Majors (Students)
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Bizer, George Y. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Reading and critiquing journal articles is a way in which instructors can promote learning and critical thought among students, particularly in the undergraduate research methods course. However, articles that have survived the peer-review process are often lengthy and have only nuanced drawbacks, rendering them less useful for such pedagogical…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Critical Reading, Journal Articles, Research Methodology
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Sibulkin, Amy E.; Butler, J. S. – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
After explicit instruction on how to give possible bidirectional (two-way) causality explanations for a correlation, 240 students from eight sections of social psychology and research methods courses wrote "reverse causality" explanations on various test questions, creating a total of 882 answers. Averaging across multiple graded…
Descriptors: Correlation, Causal Models, Research Methodology, Social Psychology
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Gamble, Tim; Turner-Cobb, Julie M.; Walker, Ian; Holt, Nigel – Teaching of Psychology, 2019
Integral to most undergraduate psychology degree programs are research methods courses. Students learn about theory, study design and hypothesis testing, and gain knowledge that is assessed by laboratory reports. We describe a problem-based learning approach with an emphasis on acquisition of study design skills. Working in small groups, students…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Hypothesis Testing, Problem Based Learning
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Swinkels, Alan; Giuliano, Traci A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
A project was developed to introduce the core principles of repeated-measures designs. Using the levels of processing approach to memory, students are prompted to engage in either shallow, moderate, or deep processing of 54 common nouns. An unexpected recall task then measures the number of words remembered in each condition. Data from 293…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Recall (Psychology), College Students, Research Methodology
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Burgoyne, Stephanie; Eaton, Judy – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Flipped classrooms are gaining popularity, especially in psychology statistics courses. However, not all courses lend themselves to a fully flipped design, and some instructors might not want to commit to flipping every class. We tested the effectiveness of flipping just one component (a module on junk science) of a large methods course. We…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Active Learning, College Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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Strelan, Peter – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
This article presents an innovative technique for teaching the principles of experimental design in a way that is entertaining and engaging for students. Following a lecture on experimental design, students participate in an experiment in which the teacher uses a funny segment from a movie to test the influence of implicit social norms. Randomly…
Descriptors: Research Design, Research Methodology, Teaching Methods, Instructional Innovation
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Goode, Christopher T.; Lamoreaux, Marika; Atchison, Kristin J.; Jeffress, Elizabeth C.; Lynch, Heather L.; Sheehan, Elizabeth – Teaching of Psychology, 2018
Hybrid or blended learning (BL) has been shown to be equivalent to or better than face-to-face (FTF) instruction in a broad variety of contexts. We randomly assigned students to either 50/50 BL or 100% FTF versions of a research methods and statistics in psychology course. Students who took the BL version of the course scored significantly lower…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Courses, Research Methodology, Statistics
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Veilleux, Jennifer C.; Chapman, Kate M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Research methods and statistics are core courses in the undergraduate psychology major. To assess learning outcomes, it would be useful to have a measure that assesses research methods and statistical literacy beyond course grades. In two studies, we developed and provided initial validation results for a research methods and statistical knowledge…
Descriptors: Psychology, Item Response Theory, Computer Software, Research Methodology
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Veilleux, Jennifer C.; Chapman, Kate M. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
The current set of three studies further evaluates the validity and application of the Psychological Research Inventory of Concepts (PRIC). In Study 1, we administered the PRIC to a sample of introductory psychology students and online (Mechanical Turk) participants along with measures assessing theoretically related concepts. We found evidence of…
Descriptors: Psychological Studies, Measures (Individuals), Test Validity, Research Methodology
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LaCosse, Jennifer; Ainsworth, Sarah E.; Shepherd, Melissa A.; Ent, Michael; Klein, Kelly M.; Holland-Carter, Lauren A.; Moss, Justin H.; Licht, Mark; Licht, Barbara – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
The current investigation tested the effectiveness of an online student research project designed to supplement traditional methods (e.g., lectures, discussions, and assigned readings) of teaching research methods in a large-enrollment Introduction to Psychology course. Over the course of the semester, students completed seven assignments, each…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Research Methodology, Large Group Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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Obeid, Rita; Hill, Darryl B. – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
Research has shown that plagiarism is on the increase in higher education. Some state that this is due to poor knowledge rather than intentional cheating. Other researchers explain that plagiarism is on the rise due to increased competitiveness in college and easy access to work that has already been completed. In this study, we show how a 2-hr…
Descriptors: Intervention, Prevention, Plagiarism, Research Methodology
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Slezak, Jonathan M.; Faas, Caitlin – Teaching of Psychology, 2017
This study implemented the components of interteaching as a probe to teach American Psychological Association (APA) Style to undergraduate university students in a psychology research methods and statistics course. The interteaching method was compared to the traditional lecture-based approach between two sections of the course with the same…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students, Courses, Research Methodology
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Kurtz, Jaime L. – Teaching of Psychology, 2016
All students, from college freshmen to advanced graduate students, have asked themselves, "Will this decision make me happy?" The vast majority of them have been wrong. Affective forecasting, the process of predicting future feelings, is a topic of great interest to students due to its applicable and highly relatable nature. This article…
Descriptors: Prediction, Affective Behavior, Psychological Patterns, Error of Measurement
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