Stenstrom Lab Group

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This page is designed to be a central resource for you where I'll post all the content we discuss during lab meetings, as well as information about research methods, statistics, conferences, announcements, and so forth.

SLG - Announcements and Opportunities

SLG - How to Write

SLG - Fun Facts and Cool Studies

SLG - Meta-analysis

Lab Meeting Materials

  • Handouts
  1. Perspectivist Worksheets Modified
  2. Perspectivist Worksheets Original
  3. How to read a journal article - by Jordan & Zanna
  4. Measuring Variables - How to find Existing Measures
  5. Measuring Variables - How to Create New Measures
  6. Manipulating Variables - How to find Existing Manipulations
  7. Manipulating Variables - How to Create New Manipulations

  • PowerPoint Slides
  1. Introduction to Lab Group
  2. How to generate research ideas
  3. How to translate ideas into hypotheses

Research Methods

  • Basic Information: I am assuming no preexisting knowledge about research methods, so I will provide detailed instruction on each aspect of conducting research, with the eventual goal that you would be able to confidently conduct your own independent research. For all steps in the research process, there will be information about how to conduct research (for the practitioner) and how to evaluate research (for the research consumer).
  • Advanced Information: For each topic I will also be providing where to find the premier in-depth sources of information about that topic in case you want more advanced knowledge about a particular aspect of conducting research, such as:
    1. Generating Research Ideas
    2. Reading and Evaluating Research
    3. Measuring Variables - Creating your own measures
    4. Content Coding
    5. Validity and Reliability
      • For just information about Validity: See Albright, L., & Malloy, T. E. (2000). Experimental validity: Brunswik, Campbell, Cronbach, and enduring issues. Review of General Psychology, 4, 337-353.
      • For just information about Reliability: See the Spring “Statistics” class
      • For information about Validity and Reliability for Qualitative Research: see Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research, by Kirk & Miller, Sage publications (part of the Qualitative Research Methods Series)
      • For information about Validity and Reliability for Quantitative Research: see Reliability and Validity Assessment, by Carmines & Zeller, Sage Publications (part of the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences Series)
    6. Qualitative Methodology
      • Qualitative Methods in Psychology, by Banister et al, from McGraw-Hill, 1997. This is an excellent practical resource about conducting all types of qualitatitve research.
    7. Literature Reviews
    8. Subjects and sampling
      • Practical Sampling, by Henry, Sage Publications, 1990 (part of the Applied Social Research Methods Series). This is a good overview of how to sample and the different types of sampling. Since sampling is central to almost every type of methodological design, this book is a practical way to get up-to-date on how to find and sample subjects.
    9. Observational Research
      • Participant Observation: A Methodology for Human Studies, by Jorgensen, Sage Publications. This book covers both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of observational research. Note that observational research is a complex methodological design, so if you want to get in-depth explanation of the process, you want a book that covers both qualitative and quantitative aspects because using both aspects simultaneously ("mixed-design") is the best way to utilize this methodological approach.
    10. Survey Research
    11. Archival Research.
      • Archival Strategies and Techniques, by Hill. While this book is written mainly for sociologists, it also provides useful information for psychological archival research.
    12. Meta-analysis
      • Practical Meta-analysis, by Lipsey and Wilson. This book explains each step of the process in-depth. For summary information, see the PsychWiki Meta-analysis page where I describe the basic steps involved in a meta-analyses, and the books/articles to read to understand each step in the process. I divide those books/articles according to (1) how to learn what is a meta-analysis and how to evaluate one, and (2) how to conduct a meta-analyses and each step in the process.
    13. Experimental and Quasi-experimental
      • Experimental And Quasi-experimental Designs For Research, by Campbell. This is a seminal 1963 book by Campbell that is still useful and relevant today.
      • Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Generalized Causal Inference, by Shadish, Cook and Campbell. This is a 2002 book that provides an excellent coverage of both Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. Note - this 2002 is an updated version of a 1979 book called "Quasi-Experimentation: Design and Analysis Issues for Field Settings" by Cook/Campbell, and should not be confused with the 1963 book by Campbell discussed in the previous bullet point called "Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Generalized Causal Inference".
    14. Collecting Data
    15. Analyzing Data
      • See the Spring 2008 Class on Statistics. See also the textbook for that course -- Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, by Andy Field
    16. Writing Process
    17. Peer Review Process
      • Reviewing Scientific Works in Psychology, Edited by Sternberg. This book is a masterful example of experienced researchers passing-on their hard-won knowledge about the review process for journals, books, grants, etc., and at the same time providing concrete suggestions about to be a reviewer and evaluate other's works. I can't recommend enough this book to anyone who either evaluates researcher, or is a reviewer for journals/grants.
      • Guide to publishing in Psychology Journals, Edited by Sternberg. The third part of this book is about "Dealing with Referees" and how to write for referees, how to read response letters, how to revise manuscripts.
      • The Psychologist's Companion, Written by Sternberg is a guide to scientific writing for students and researchers. The last few chapters about how to evaluate a paper, submit to journals, and tips for gaining acceptance are directly relevant to the peer review process.

"Description/Example/Application" Assignment

-NPR video - Personal Space Violations
-Change Blindness study
-"Community" episode called 'Social Psychology', part 1
-"Community" episode called 'Social Psychology', part 2
-"Community" episode called 'Social Psychology', part 3
-Marshmallow study - Delayed Gratification
-Marshmallow study (longer)
-Stanford Prison Experiment
-Milgram Obedience Study
-French Replication of Milgram Obedience Study
-French Replication of Milgram Obedience Study (longer)
-Ashe Line Experiment
-Stephen Colbert's Fancy Feast study

- Common Example -

- Common Example - "Community" episode called 'Social Psychology'.

Field of Law/Psychology

The field of Law/Psychology, also called Forensic Psychology, is a relatively new and broad field compared to other fields in psychology. I have posted below essential aspects of the field to give you a better understanding of law/psychology.

  • Societies and other organizations
  1. Division 41 – AP-LS
  2. PsycLaw
  3. SSRN - Legal Scholarship Network
  4. List of more law-related organizations
  • Conferences
  1. AP-LS Annual Meeting - Mar 4-7 in San Antonio
  2. AP-LS Programs at APA Convention - Aug 6-9 in Toronto
  3. Conference on Empirical Legal Studies - Nov 20-21 in Los Angeles
  4. List of other psych/law conferences and events
  • Journals
  1. Lists of Journals in Law/Psychology
  2. Lists of Journals in Law/Psychology
  3. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies
  • Schools granting law/psy degrees
  1. List of law/psychology schools from AP-LS
  2. List of law/psychology schools from AP-LS Student Section
  • Grants and Awards
  1. NSF: Law & Social Sciences
  2. AP-LS
  3. Department of Justice
  4. For more, see the Grant Funding page
  • Careers in Law/Psychology
  1. Overview of Psychology and Law
  2. Subspecialties and careers

Field of Social Psychology

Social Psychology is the study of how other people influence affect, behavior, cognition and physiology of the individual/group. The field is one of the largest disciplines within psychology and interconnects with many other disciplines including clinical, cognitive, personality, developmental, health, and forensic psychology.

  • Societies and other organizations
  1. Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  2. Society of Experimental Social Psychology
  3. Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  4. Social Psychology Network
  • Conferences
  1. SPSP Annual Conference - Jan 28-30 in Las Vegas
  2. SESP Annual Conference - October 15-17 in Portland
  3. SPSSI Biennial Convention - June 2010 in New Orleans
  • Journals
  1. PsychWiki page - Journals in Social and Personality Psychology
  2. PsychWiki page - top journals in Social/Personality psychology
  3. PsychWiki page - ranking/ratings of all empirical journals in Social/Personality
  • Schools granting law/psy degrees
  1. Ph.D. Programs in Social Psychology
  • Grants and Awards
  1. SPSP Awards
  2. SPSP Student Awards
  3. SESP Awards
  4. SPSSI Awards
  • Careers in Social Psychology
  1. Students Corner of SPSP
  2. Student Section of SPSSI
  3. Online Psychology Career Center

PPT slides from lab:
- Overview
- Researcher
- Administrator
- Consultant
- Evaluator
- What can you do with a BA?
- What can you do with a MA?

Interesting articles I found on the web:
- from Philip J. Kinsler
- from Northeastern Uni Psy Department
- from Matthew T. Huss

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