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Method. - How you conduct ed the experiment Include details for replication Subdivide into sections Subjects (or Participants) Apparatus (or Materials) Procedure. Method (Subjects or Participants). State the characteristics of your sample Age, sex/gender, species, weight etc.

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Method

- How you conducted the experiment

  • Include details for replication

  • Subdivide into sections

    • Subjects (or Participants)

    • Apparatus (or Materials)

    • Procedure


Method (Subjects or Participants)

State the characteristics of your sample

  • Age, sex/gender, species, weight etc.

  • How many subjects were included

  • Description of sample selection

  • Incentives for participation

  • Details of subjects who drop out


Method (Apparatus or Materials)

Provide a description of the equipment used

  • Standard items (stopwatches, pencils, tables, chairs etc.) do not have to be described in detail

  • Give the name, manufacturer, size and model of specialized equipment

  • Use the metric system for physical dimensions


Method (Procedure)

Provide a description of all the procedures followed. Include information on:

  • How subjects were assigned to groups

  • Experimental manipulation

  • Controls for extraneous variables

  • Exact instructions given to subjects (if it constitutes your manipulation)

  • Factors in a complicated design

  • Operational definitions of variables


Help with Methods

  • Journal articles

    • Textbook (p. 496-503)

    • Handouts (Devan et al. 2002; Morris, 1981; Hamilton et al., 2002) (from class)

  • Textbook description (p. 502-3)

  • Textbook Appendix C (p. 553-6)


Hamilton’s web pagehttp://www.unm.edu/~dahamilt/


Hamilton, Driscoll & Sutherland (2002)


Neuroinvestigations websitehttp://www.neuroinvestigations.com/


Enter software link and download the user’s manual


For rat studies use the “room with a view” paper as a sample


Room with a view Methods


Procedure with subheadings


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