Student Site for Chapter 1 of
Research design explained (8th ed.)

Review and improve your understanding of the material Quiz yourself See how this material can help you Have fun Get help
Visualize the material by looking at this concept map


Do this crossword puzzle

Test yourself on the key terms using one or more of these three quick matching tools The ability to read, write, and do research demonstrates 9 of the top 10 skills that employers say they want from college graduates.

To learn how to market the skills you will develop in this course, read  our Web Appendix: "Marketing Your Research Design Skills."

See how thinking like a scientist may make you happier.

Cartoon suggesting one difference between science with popular opinion


Bakery learns that constructs like love cannot be seen (maybe the bakery needs to find a good operational definition of love)

Help with answering the end-of-chapter exercises
Review the material by Take some practice quizzes. Avoid believing in myths: a one-page, Sherlock Holmes mystery related to research methods.
Look at some of the thinking errors addressed in this chapter that interfere with the appreciation of science and reality (false cause, bandwagon, appeal to authority, anecdotal, personal incredulity, and middle ground. You can download a poster of these fallacies here.


See how experience can trick us into being superstitious (33 second video)

Do some interactive end-of-chapter exercises (multiple-choice format) Avoid being fooled: Scientific thinking in less than a minute (50 second video)
Not sure about what objectivity is--or why scientists care about operational definitions? Then, see this one-page tutorial.


Look at the different levels of scientific thinking and decide your current level is and think about where you want it to be.

Can your scientific thinking evolve the way your thinking about spelling evolved?

Test your understanding of the scientific approach with this fun action maze.


Test your ability to determine factual statements from opinion statements (and compare your results to the average U.S. citizen)

See  how most people avoid testing their beliefs--by why you should test yours.  


See how people can find patterns and meaning in coincidences.

Chapter 1 Exercises

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