If you are looking for an interesting introduction to research methods, here’s one from the Royal Society.
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We’ve been celebrating the recent release of the 3rd edition of the AS AQA Complete Companions Student Book written by Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan, and The Research Methods Companion written by Cara Flanagan.
Watch our short film clip below to hear more about the new publishing.
To find out more or to place an order for any of the Complete Companions resources, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UK-based charity Science about Science aims to equip people to make sense about the scientific and medical claims in public discussions. Part of your study of psychology has similar aims – to teach you to make educated assessments of information presented to you.
Sense about Science gets particularly annoyed by the things said by celebrities. So every year they publish some of the claims made by people who know very little. For example the US reality TV personality Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi said: “I don’t really like the beach. I hate sharks, and the water’s all whale sperm. That’s why the ocean’s salty.” No Snooki, the ocean is not salty because of whale sperm. And Simon Cowell also made the bad science list in 2011. Read these and more here.
You might also be interested in some of their other publications, such as this one about peer review.
The pictures are from the new AS Visual Companion.
The sales team who visit your school should have the posters.
Or you can write directly to Fiona.email@example.com and ask for one.
Interesting range of online experiments involving bio-motion here
There’s a useful presentation on experimental design to be found here
But equally interesting is the software that has been used to produce it – you can have a play here – it’s really easy to use, and you have to agree the presentations look pretty slick..
I was wondering – this could be used for a quick class experiment: Ask one group to present information using powerpoint (i.e. in a linear fashion), ask another to present the same info using the more hierarchical prezi software, to see if the way in which information is organised affects recall in independent groups of subjects?
There really are some beautiful charts and diagrams here…. truly ‘descriptive statistics’. I can’t really do any of it justice by cramming it into a tiny blog post, but it’s well worth having a look at this venn diagram about drugs, for example. Or this interactive representation of the link between stress and work.