Research Methods

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Amherst College

This course is designed to explore the principles of behavioral science research and the rationale underlying various research methodologies. The course will take a hands-on approach to research design, data collection, and data analysis. Students will learn how to understand and critically evaluate original research reports, independently design and execute psychological investigations, and write scientific reports in APA format. Topics include the reliability and validity of measures, content analysis, correlational designs, randomized experiments and causal inference, experimental control, and ethical considerations. Time in class will be split between lectures, small group exercises and design of research projects, and data analysis using SPSS.

Requisite: PSYC 122. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester: Visiting Professor McCarty. Spring semester: Professor Aries.

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Research Methods
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Megan McCarty MW 12:30PM-01:50PM MERR 131