Running Behavioral Experiments With Human Participants: A Practical Guide provides a concrete, practical roadmap for the implementation of experiments and controlled observation using human participants. Covering both conceptual and practical issues critical to implementing an experiment, the book is organized to follow the standard process in experiment-based research, covering such issues as potential ethical problems, risks to validity, experimental setup, running a study, and concluding a study.

The detailed guidance on each step of an experiment is ideal for those in both universities and industry who have had little or no previous practical training in research methodology. The book provides example scenarios to help readers organize how they run experimental studies and anticipate problems, and example forms that can serve as effective initial “recipes.” Examples and forms are drawn from areas such as cognitive psychology, human factors, human-computer interaction, and human-robotic interaction.

Concluding a Study

This chapter provides information about what you should do when you get done with your experiment. Figure 6.1 diagrams the several steps.

6.1 Data Care, Security, and Privacy

All information and data gathered from an experiment should be considered confidential. If others who are not associated with the experiment have access to either data or personal information, the participants’ privacy could be violated. Thus, it is the responsibility of lead researchers and experimenters to ensure that all security assurance procedures are explained and enforced.

Researchers must safeguard against the inappropriate sharing of sensitive information. Personal information about the participants must not be shared with people not associated with the study. Thus, the data should not be left unattended. In most studies, experimental data are kept ...

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