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BPS Manual of Psychology Practicals: Experiment, Observation and Correlation

Robert McIlvern (Compiled by), Louise Higgins (Compiled by), Alison Wadeley (Compiled by), Paul Humphreys (Preface by)
ISBN: 978-1-85433-074-1
240 pages
April 1993, Wiley-Blackwell
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This manual contains 15 carefully tested practical exercises designed to encourage students to explore the different methods of psychological investigation. All exercises can be carried out with minimum equipment and students are also able to replicate and modify exercises for themselves.
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Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgements.

The Experimental Method.

Preface to the Experimental Method.

Experimenter Bias Effects: unintentional versus intentional factors.

Data Gathering for Parapsychological Research.

Hand preference and Hand Skill.

Estimating I.Q.

Evaluating a Technique to Aid the Learning of People's Names.

The Observational Method.

Preface to the Observational Method.

Sex Role Stereotyping in British Television.

An Investigation of Attributional Bias in a Real World Setting.

An Investigation of Attributional Bias in a Real World Setting.

Observational Studies of Pedestrian Behaviour.

A Survey of Conservatism.

Gender Differences in the Aggressive Behaviour of Schoolchildren.

The Correlational Method.

Preface to the Correlational Method.

The Basis of People's Fear of Animals.

Assessing the Relationship between Adults' Attitudes towards Mental Health.

Liking for, and Familiarity with, Male Forenames: A Partial Replication of Colman, Hargreaves and Sluckin.

Locus of Control and Stress: An Investigation into the Relationship between Perceptions of Controllability of Events and Levels of Reported Stress.

Approaches to Study and Academic Performance.

Appendix 1: Ethical Considerations in Carrying Out Psychological Research.

Appendix 2: Writing up Reports in Psychology.

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Author Information

Rob McIlveen is a Senior Coursework Moderator and examiner for schools psychology, with many years' teaching experience. He is a teacher at Springwood High School, King's Lynn.

Louise Higgins has taught psychology at all levels from school to university. She is Head of Psychology at Chester College and a former Chair of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology.

Alison Wadeley has long experience as an examiner at A-level and is presently Chief Coursework Moderator. She is a Senior Lecturer at Filton College, Bristol.

Paul Humphreys is Chief Examiner and Senior Coursework Moderator for A-level Psychology. He is Senior Lecturer at Worcester College of Higher Education and a member of the BPS working party on the interrelation between A-level and degree psychology.

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