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Professor Will Langston
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This Week in Research Methods Week of 12/2/19
  • Lecture
    • Non experimental designs
    • Combining approaches
    • Final exam
  • Lab
    • Complete
A note about dois: dois (digital object identifiers) link directly to articles. You can click the doi links on this page to go to a downloadable copy of the articles. However, you need to be on a computer in MTSU's domain to take advantage of the library's subscription to the journals. If you click dois at home, you will probably be asked to pay for each article. If you click a doi and it asks you to pay, look up the article in PsycInfo
Course Notes [Top]
Homework/Quizzes Homework/Quizzes:

Homework not turned in during class time is due by midnight on the due date and is emailed to me at
  • Homeworks 1 and 2: Complete IRB training and give/email me your certificate pdf (due by 9/6/19).
  • Homeworks 3 and 4: Find an article consistent with your class assignment and prepare a summary to discuss with the class (due in lab 9/11/19).
  • Homework 5: Turn in an outline of the introduction section (write a final draft of the opening and closing paragraphs of the intro, include an outline of how you will handle the lit review, e.g., what will you say, why are you putting it here, etc.). Only outlines of the lit review will be accepted. Name the file LastnameIO.docx, e.g., mine would be LangstonIO.docx; .doc is OK (due 10/2/19).
  • Homework 6: Turn in a title page, method, and results draft via email. Name the file LastnameMR.docx, e.g., mine would be LangstonMR.docx; .doc is OK (due 10/9/19).
  • Homework 7: IRB application draft (due 10/18/19).
Research pool sign up instructions
Research pool link:

Recent quizzes are posted:
Lab Notes/Exercises Writing papers
  • A paper format template (downloads a pdf sample one experiment paper for you to use for formatting, references, etc.)
  • The link to the APA style page (look at the tutorial for style and formatting tips)
  • Resources at the Purdue OWL
Exercises  Sample posters/presentations
Detailed table of contents: Langston, W. (2011). Research Methods Laboratory Manual for Psychology (3rd Ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Wadsworth. [Top]
Resources Project data and information
The sources below are numbered based on the annotated bibliography in the notes above.
Remember: You need a citation for every statement of fact. If you took it from somewhere and you fail to cite it, that's plagiarism. Everything you cite needs to go into the reference list so that someone could find it.
Articles and sources:

Section 1: Motivate research
  • 1. Robinson, C. D., Lee, M. G., Dearing, E., & Rogers, T. (2018). Reducng student absenteeism in the early grades by targeting parental beliefs. American Educational Research Journal, 55, 1163-1192.
  • 2. Lewandowsky, S. Pilditch, T. D., Madsen, J. K., Oreskes, N., & Risbey, J. S. (2019). Influence and seepage: An evidence-resistant minority can affect public opinion and scientific belief formation. Cognition, 188, 124-139.
  • 3. Hussain, A., Ali, S., Ahmed, M., & Hussain, S. (2018). The anti-vaccination movement: A regression in modern medicine. Cureus 10(7): e2919.
  • 4. Veillette, L. A. S., Serrano, J. M., & Brochu, P. M. (2018). What's weight got to do with it? Mental health trainees' perceptions of a client with anorexia nervosa symptoms. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:2574.
 Section 2: Belief Change
  • 5. Wisniewski, M. G., Bartone, A., Hastrup, J. L., Coutinho, M. V. C., Geer, M., & Simms, L. J. (2013). How soon they forget: Changes to beliefs after learning about tobacco. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 18, 552-557.  
  • 6. Robinson, D. H., Funk, D. C., Beth, A., & Bush, A. M. (2005). Changing beliefs about corporal punishment: Increasing knowledge about ineffectiveness to build more consistent moral and informational beliefs. Journal of Behavioral Education, 14, 117-139.
  • 7. Economou, M., u, L. E., LoukiP, E., & Stefanis, C. N. (2012). Medical students' beliefs and attitudes towards schizophrenia before and after undergraduate psychiatric training in Greece. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 66, 17-25.
  • 8. Roth, C. S., & Burgess, D. J. (2008). Changing residents' beliefs and concerns about treating chronic noncancer pain with opioids: Evaluation of a pilot workshop. Pain Medicine, 9, 890-902.
  • 9. N/A
  • 10. Benard, V. B., Greek, A., Roland, K. B., Hawkins, N. A., Lin, L., & Saraiya, M. (2016). Change in provider beliefs regarding cervical cancer screening intervals after an educational intervention. Journal of Women's Health, 25, 422-427.
  • 11. Anglin, S. M. (2019). Do beliefs yield to evidence? Examining belief perseverance vs. change in response to congruent empirical findings. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 82, 176-199.
  • 12. Hess, D. J., & Maki, A. (2019). Climate Change Belief, Sustainability Education, and Political Values: Assessing the Need for Higher-Education Curriculum Reform. Journal of Cleaner Production, 228, 1157-1166.
  • 13. Tuokko, H., Rhodes, R., Love, J., Cloutier-Fisher, D., Jouk, A., & Schoklitsch, A. (2013). Change in beliefs about older drivers through applied theater. Educational Gerontology, 39, 45-56.
  • BONUS Nieto-Hernandez, R., Rubin, G. J., Cleare, A. J., Weinman, J. A., & Wessely, S. (2008). Can evidence change belief? Reported mobile phone sensitivity following individual feedback of an inability to discriminate active from sham signals. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 65, 453-460.
Section 3: Stare Detection
IRB resourcess Sample exams    Finding scales and measures
  • Check out the various volumes of the Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures in the Reserve Room. These books list over 6,000 test instruments with references. You can read the blurb for the latest volume here.
Evaluating sources [Top]
Links Correlation research, the media, and the importance of thinking
Here are some links to media reports on the link between psychosis and marijuana use. Note the uneven treatment of caveats about correlation research, and the presentation of alternative explanations:
And a critical analysis:
What this shows is not that there is or isn't a link (you would need to look closely at the original research to determine that; there may be a link). What this shows is that when you see a study reported, you need to look for yourself and not take the report at face value.

Research methods and experiments Undergraduate research support
  • MTSU Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity grants (URECA) (The link is to the undergraduate research center website; you'll need to click the URECA link.)
Science and skepticism
Note: These are presented for informational purposes. I don't endorse everything here, and unbridled skepticism is as silly as unbridled acceptance. That said, dig in.  
? (Ideas?) Fun with skepticism and science    [Top]
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