Part I: Historical Roots and Future Trends.
1. Psychology's Experimental Foundations (C. James Goodwin).
2. Current and Future trends in Experimental Psychology (E. J Capaldi and Robert W. Proctor).
Part II: Research Designs, Methodological Issues, and Analytic Procedures.
3. Traditional Nomothetic Approaches (Richard J. Harris).
4. Traditional Idiographic Approaches: Small-N Research Designs (Bryan K. Saville and William Buskist).
5. The Importance of Effect Magnitude (Roger E. Kirk).
6. The Changing Face of Research Methods (Randolph A. Smith and Stephen F. Davis).
7. Ethical Issues in Psychological Research with Hyman Participants (Richard L. Miller).
8. Research with Animals (Jesse E. Purdy, Scott A. Bailey, and Steven J. Schapiro).
9. Cross-cultural Research (David Matsumoto).
Part III: Selected Content Areas.
10. Comparative Psychology (Mauricio R. Papini).
11. Animal Learning and Animal Cognition (Lewis Barker and Jeffrey S. Katz).
12. Sensation and Perception Research Methods (Lauren Fruh Van Sickle Scharff).
13. Taste (Scott A. Bailey).
14. Olfaction: Recent Advances in Learning about Odors (W. Robert Batsell, Jr.).
15. Physiological Psychology: Biological and Behavioral Outcomes of Exercise (Brenda J. Anderson, Daniel P. McCloskey, Despina A. Tata, and Heather E. Gorby).
16. Research Methods in Human Memory (Deanne L. Westerman and David G. Payne).
17. Research Methods in Cognition (David G. Payne and Deanne L. Westerman).
18. Motivation (Melissa Burns).
19. Audition (Henry E. Heffner and Rickye S. Heffner).
20. Psychophysics (H.R. Schiffman).
"Davis' 'Handbook' would be a useful addition to an advanced undergraduate or graduate level course in general experimental psychology or research methods. Chapters that present research methods in the historical perspective are very good, and as several of the authors point out, clearly show that research methods are not static, but rather have and continue to evolve. I especially appreciate the inclusion of several chapters that deal with research employing non-human subjects." Daniel D. Moriarty, University of San Diego
"Those psychology libraries that do support a serious academic research programme will find this book to be an invaluable source of background reading, to be used in conjunction with standard manuals on research methods, rather than replacing them. I will certainly be recommending it as such to first-year postgraduates in my own institution." Martin Guha, Librarian, Institute of Psychiatry, London, Reference Reviews 2003
"Davis's fine collection will prove helpful to those seeking an introduction to the topics that engage researchers today. Summing up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through research, faculty, and professionals." G. B. Rollman, University of Western Ontario, Choice, January 2004
- Places experimental psychology in historical context, investigates the changing nature of research methodology, experimental design, and analytic procedures, and features research in selected content areas.
- Provides an excellent source of potential research ideas for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students.
- Illustrates the range of research methodologies used in experimental psychology.
- Contains twenty contributions written by over thirty leading researchers in the field.