The aim of Laboratory Psychology is not only to introduce students to the fundamentals of experimental design, but also to generate an understanding of the importance of methodology by clearly linking it to a discussion of how psychologists can advance and reject theories about human behaviour.
The first part of the book lays the foundations of design in experimental psychology and explains clearly why methodology is given such a prominent role within the discipline. Further chapters discuss the practical issues involved in running experiments, including questionnaire design, choosing participants and ethical practice in psychological research. The book concludes with discussion of writing laboratory reports and how to make the most of reading journal articles.
The book also incorporates exercises at the end of each chapter which can be used to form the basis of a student project, to test comprehension of key topics, or to generate classroom discussion. Written in a clear and accessible style, Laboratory Psychology will be a useful primer for all students taking introductory courses in experimental psychology.