An Improved Cookbook for the Neophyte Experimenter

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 223–224. Reviews the book, Experimental Psychology (3rd ed.) by Anne Myers and Christine H. Hansen (1993). The purpose of this third edition of the text by Myers and Hansen is to provide undergraduate, beginning students in experimental psychology with some basic recipes. The book remains at a cookbook level and, if taught at that level by the instructor, the student may well get the mistaken impression that experimentation can be reduced to a set of fairly simple and uncontroversial principles that can be enunciated and applied in a straight forward manner. It is possible that by adding an author who is more actively immersed in experimental psychological research, the next edition of this book may be able to convey at least a taste of the excitement, uncertainties, and passions that are involved in real-life research. Myers and Hansen have produced an improved but nevertheless cookbook-like work that is probably useful for introducing students to, but not inspiring them about, the ins and outs of doing experimental psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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