Methods in Psychological Research introduces students to the rich world of research in psychology through student-friendly writing, compelling real-world examples, and frequent opportunities for practice. Using a relaxed yet supportive tone that eases student anxiety, the authors present a mixture of conceptual and practical discussions, and spark reader interest in research by covering meaningful topics that resonate with today’s students. In-text features like Conceptual Exercises, FYI sections, and FAQ sections with accompanying visual cues support learning throughout the research experience. The Fourth Edition equips students with the tools they need to understand research concepts, conduct their own experiments, and present their findings.

Experimental Design : Single-Participant Designs/The Operant Approach

Experimental Design : Single-Participant Designs/The Operant Approach


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After studying this chapter, students should be able to

  • Explain how single-participant design used in the experimental analysis of behavior differs from the multiparticipant approach
  • List and define the basic terms used in the experimental analysis of behavior
  • Compare ABA and ABAB designs, and assess their strengths and weaknesses
  • Describe the multiple-baseline design and provide examples of three types of multiple-baseline designs
  • Propose a study using an alternating-treatments design
  • Propose a study using a changing-criterion design
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of single-participant experimental designs

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