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The Design of Experiments  in Neuroscience

The Design of Experiments in Neuroscience

Second Edition

September 2010 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"You are about to start on a great adventure. You are going to transition from reading about science to becoming a scientist."
-From the Preface

Using engaging, disarming prose, author Mary Harrington shows neuroscience students how to go about selecting a topic, designing an experiment, analyzing the results, and publishing a paper. This text effectively illustrates basic research methods and design principles by uniquely using relevant examples from neuroscience such as the principles of design of fMRI studies, the use of transgenic mice, and conditional gene knockouts. The author also addresses basic professional ethics, fundamental statistics and data analysis tools, the range of possible experimental designs (from simple descriptive studies to multifactorial designs), and ways to control unwanted variables and avoid common pitfalls.

This text is intended as either a core or supplemental text for both undergraduates and graduate students studying research methods in Neuroscience, Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neurochemistry, or Biological Psychology.

1. The Varieties of Scientific Experience
2. Ethics
3. Getting Started
4. Basic Research Designs
5. Controlling Extraneous Variables
6. More Than One Predictor Variable: Factorial Designs
7. Correlational Designs
8. Becoming an Independent Investigator
Appendix A: Working With Your Data
Appendix B: Writing a Research Paper
Appendix C: A Sample Paper
Appendix D: Review Questions and Exercises
Appendix E: Glossary
Appendix F: Answers to End-of-Chapter Questions

Exactly what I wanted for my Research Methods for Neuroscience Majors course. It is very readable and has gotten good feedback from students for its accessibility and relevant examples.

Jacquelyn Davis
Psychology Dept, Univ Of Nebraska At Omaha
August 7, 2018

Too far out of scope of the course

Professor Trevor Hamilton
Psychology, Grant Macewan College
September 27, 2012
Key features

Key Features

  • The author addresses the range of possible experimental designs to help students learn both how to design a new study and how to understand previously published research.
  • Expanded "Check Your Understanding" and "Think About It" exercises appear at the end of each chapter
  • This edition includes a new chapter on becoming an independent investigator
  • A new Appendix C contains a sample manuscript that has been formatted for publication
  • "12-Step Program for Reading Journal Articles" guides students to focus on the important elements of the paper

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ISBN: 9781412974325