Hi Class

16 Apr

I hope you had a nice spring break.  I have updated the paper due date and syllabus per our discussion in class.  Please be sure to be to class on time tomorrow…. it doesn’t look good if you are late or a no show the week after Spring Break. 

For class review

6 Mar

Developmental Changes in the Understanding of Temporal Sequences  Robyn Fivush & Jean Mandler

SPRING 2012! You Tube Commercials: Prepping for Lab 1

16 Feb

Dear Class, 

Please post your You-Tube “Teaser” commercial here.  If your group was asked to make modifications, please do that prior to posting.  

Please bring your stimuli to class on Tuesday for Lab 1, assuming you have this ready.  

AMONG OTHERS Topics we covered this week were:

How to ask a question 

How to develop a question

How to write references in APA style

How to decide upon a statistic

Difference between Directional and Non-Directional hypothesis

I LOVE research methods, Valentine’s day!

8 Feb

You may bring in treats for our research methods Valentine’s day party! 

Syllabus is updated based on class discussion.

Begin thinking about Lab 1 questions.




7 Feb

Dear Class,

Class assignment for today. No class today.  Class in classroom is cancelled.   this is your assignment.

Please read the following papers: Gravity does rule for falling events (2002).  Developmental Science.   Get paper on line or at Library.

Also read one paper that you select from the Journal Developmental Science or Child Development.

Bring papers to class next week.

Write a review in your log based on below.

 we highlight some answers from the class that were given on Dr.Striano’s “Pop Quiz” (spring 2010) on how to critique an empirical paper.

  • Journal’s reputation – are they a trusted and respected journal in the field? Not all journals have as rigorous a peer-review process.
  • Title- do you want to read this paper? Does title fit the paper?
  • Background of authors – who they are, from what university they operated out of.
  • Did they receive funding from any sources?  Look at acknowledgments section.  Get a feel for who and what is behind the paper.
  • Year published. How current?
  • Quality of journal.
  • The abstract is informative, concise etc.?  What is the question, what is new? Why important?
  • Clear introduction; states question : what new, why important, what is the question (not in that order). think of a funnel.
  • Clear methods. Representative sample used.
  • Logical sentence structure, correct grammar
  • Appropriate statistical analysis used. Standard deviations and confidence intervals stated.
  • Graphs do they help or hurt the reader
  • Do numbers match up?

Research Methods Class Colloquium

12 Dec

Hi Class!  We are in room NORTH 611 tomorrow for our symposium.

Post your presentations here.  By posting you agree that your presentation can also be shown to students in future classes!  Thanks for making research methods class so much fun.

Otherwise, you can bring your presentation on disk/drive as we discussed in lab last week.

Note, please try to import videos into Voice Thread. If there are any problems, please upload them onto the class YouTube Station.

Our symposium will begin promptly at 10:10, it is great if you can have your projects uploaded prior.   If you have chosen not to be video taped, please let me

know prior to tomorrow.

As promised, you are ready and gliding now! (:

Practice makes perfect. See you in the morning!





How to Ask for a Reference Letter, Part II: The Template – Jodi Glickman – Harvard Business Review

6 Dec

How to Ask for a Reference Letter, Part II: The Template – Jodi Glickman – Harvard Business Review.


This is a nice article on how to ask for a reference.

Be sure to give 4 weeks to write the reference.

Give a list of all schools, programs, dates.