An outline for each set of lectures is presented with corresponding textbook chapters and pages. Students have found such outlines helpful when taking notes and later organizing them.  Web-based and pdf versions of the PowerPoint slides used in the lecture are also available. Downloading and reviewing the lecture outlines or slides is not a substitute for attending lectures. I guarantee that you can not do well in the course without attending.

Overview (powerpoint, pdf)

Introduction:  What do psychologists have in common?
         Chap. 1 - Psychology is Alive and Well (and Doing Fine Among the Sciences) (lecture outline, PowerPoint, pdf)

Falsification & Operationalization (Stanovich Chaps. 2 & 3) 
         Chap. 2: Falsifiability (handout) (Amsel's Conceptual Model)
         Chap. 3: Operationism and Essentialism (presentation) (What scientists believe that they can not prove)

Systematic empiricism (Stanovich Chaps. 4, 5, 6)
        Chap. 4: Testimonials and Case Study Evidence (presentation) (Placebo control as therapy)
        Chap. 5: Correlation and Causation (presentation) (Causality and correlation in ADHD research)
        Chap. 6: Getting Things Under Control (presentation) (Scientists say “prove it”)

Scientific progress (Stanovich Chaps. 7, 8, 9)
        Chap. 7:  "But It's Not Real Life!" (presentation) (Defending Lab Studies)
        Chap. 8:  Avoiding the Einstein Syndrome (presentation) (Wikipedia on scientific progress)
        Chap. 9:  The Misguided Search for the "Magic Bullet" (presentation) (Neither Nature nor Nurture, but their Interaction)

Probability and Statistics In Psychology (Stanovich Chaps. 10, 11)
        Chap. 10: The Achilles' Heel of Human Cognition (presentation)  (Irrational Reasoning)
        Chap. 11: The Role of Chance in Psychology (presentation)  (APS Slams Clinical Psychology  APA's Response)

Conclusion (Stanovich Chap 12)
       Chap. 12: The Rodney Dangerfield of the Sciences (presentation) (Psychology as a Science: Teaching and Learning)

Principles of Research (Lecture Outline)
Lecture 1:  Science and doing Research (PowerPoint, pdf) (Proposal Assignment 1) (quiz 1)
Lecture 2:  Measurement Issues (PowerPoint, pdf) (Definition of Terms) (Proposal Assignment 2) (quiz 2)
Lecture 3:  Choosing Designs and Subjects (PowerPoint, pdf) (Proposal Assignment 3) (quiz 3)
Lecture 4:  Evaluating Research and Proposing the Next Step (PowerPoint, pdf) (quiz 4)
Tutorial on Theories (pdf) and Ethics (pdf)
               Writing the proposal
               Essay and Study Guide for Exam 1         

Independent Group Design (Lecture Outline
Lecture 5:  Independent group designs (PowerPoint PDF) (quiz 5)
Lecture 6:  Null hypothesis testing (PowerPoint PDF) (Quiz 6)
                 Statistical Work Sheet
                 SPSS Tutorials (In case you need a refresher course)

Research Project:  Context Effects on Mathematical Reasoning


Alibali, M. W., Knuth, E. J., Hattikudur, S., McNeil, N. M., & Stephens, A. C. (2007). A longitudinal examination of
     middle school students’ understanding of the equal sign and equivalent equations
. Mathematical Thinking and
     Learning, 9,

Amsel, E., Klaczynski, P. A., Johnston, A., Bench, S., Close, J., Sadler, E., & Walker, R. (2008). A dual-process account
     of the development of scientific reasoning: The nature and development of metacognitive intercession skills
. Cognitive
     Development, 23
, 452-471.

Herscovics, N., & Linchevski, L. (1994). A cognitive gap between arithmetic and algebraEducational Studies in
     Mathematics, 27,

Kornell, N. (2012, November 17).  US Math achievement: How bad is it? [Psychology Today blog, Everybody is stupid
      except you]. Retrieve from

Knuth, E. J., Alibali, M. W., McNeil, N. M., Weinberg, A., & Stephens, A. C. (2005). Middle school students'
     understanding of core algebraic concepts:  Equivalence & variable
. ZDM, 37, 68-76.


Research review write up
Research Review (please use as a guide)
APA Style T/F Test
Hypotheses (cut and paste)
Demographic Data (pdf format)
Results (pdf format)
Results Section (cut and paste)

Abstract (please use as a guide)

Complex Designs (Lecture Outline)
Lecture 7:  Within-subjects design  (PowerPoint, pdf)
Lecture 8:  Multiple independent variable effects (PowerPoint, pdf)
Lecture 9: Verbal, statistical, and graphical representations of ideas: Main and interaction effects (PowerPoint, pdf)
                Quiz 7 Quiz 8
                Simple Graphing Assignment  (See slides 16 - 20 of Lecture 7)
                Complex Graphing Assignment (see slides 30 -35 of Lecture 8)

Non-experimental Designs  (Lecture Outline)
Lecture 10:  Non-experimental and Observational Designs (PowerPoint pdf) (quiz 9)
Lecture 11:  Quasi-experimental and Developmental designs  (PowerPoint pdf) (quiz 10)
Lecture 12:  Survey Design (PowerPoint, pdf)
                   Take-home Exam