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Running Behavioral Studies With Human Participants

Running Behavioral Studies With Human Participants
A Practical Guide

A practical, concrete roadmap to running behavioral experiments with human subjects.

March 2013 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This text provides a concrete roadmap for the design and implimentation of experiments using human participants. It covers both conceptual and practical issues that are critical to experimental methods and the organization of the book follows the standard process in experiment-based research.

Both students and instructors will find this book accessible and easy to use. The detailed guidance on each step of an experiment is particularly useful for people with little or no previous training in research methodology. Further, the example studies will serve as effective 'recipes' to help students organize their experimental studies.


- shows students how to prepare to run experiments covering important topics such as how to recruit participants, maintainance of apparatus, and what to measure from the experiment

- a separate chapter on ethics examines ethical considerations necessary for running experiments with human participants

- a separate chapter covers essential information on IRBs (Institutional Review Boards)

- provides example studies with a brief synopsis of procedural steps. so that students can learn detailed procedures for preparing and running an experiment.

1. Introduction
2. Preparation For Running Experiments
3. Potential Ethical Problems
4. Risks to Validity to Avoid While Running an Experiment
5. Running a Research Session
6. Concluding a Study
Appendix 1: A Checklist for Preparing Studies
Appendix 2: Example Scripts for Running Studies
Appendix 3: Example Consent Form
Appendix 4: Example Debriefing Form
Appendix 5: Example Institutional Review Board Application
Appendix 6: Considerations When Running a Study Online

excellent companion to Creswell book.

Dr Ernesto Rosario-Hernandez
Psychology , Ponce School of Medicine
July 3, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters


CH 5

Frank E. Ritter

Frank Ritter is a professor of Information Sciences and Technology and of Psychology at Penn State. He received his PhD from CMU and BSEE from UIUC. He teaches courses on human-computer interaction and cognitive science.  His research interests include models of learning and experiments to measure learning and retention. He co-wrote Running behavioral studies with human participants: A practical guide, which this report builds upon.  He also wrote Foundations for designing user centered systems: What psychology do system designers need to know with Baxter and Churchill, Building better interfaces for remote autonomous systems... More About Author

Jong W. Kim

Jong W. Kim is a research faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. His academic pursuit is to improve cognitive systems supporting optimized user performance. To that end, he runs experiments with human subjects and models human cognition. His recent research, sponsored by Office of Naval Research, has investigated skill learning and forgetting, and he has developed a theory of skill retention that is being applied to a couple of intelligent tutoring systems. Current research projects focus on... More About Author

Jonathan Howard Morgan

Jonathan Morgan is a research assistant and lab manager for Penn State’s Applied Cognitive Science (ACS) lab, where he manages people running studies about learning, retention, and usability. Morgan has published in Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, received two paper awards from the Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (BRIMS) conference committee, and co-authored papers published in the proceedings of the annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society, the International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM), and the annual conference of the Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA) society... More About Author

Richard A. Carlson

Richard Carlson is Professor of Psychology at Penn State University, where he has been on the faculty for 27 years. He received his B.S.S. from Cornell College and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He conducts experiments examining cognitive control, cognitive skill, and conscious awareness, focusing on control at the time scale of one second or less. Previous research has addressed topics such as causal thinking, the development of troubleshooting skill, task switching, the role of gesture in mental arithmetic, and the structure of conscious intentions. Current research projects focus on the role of affect in working memory and... More About Author

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