This book considers experimental designs, alternatives to experimental designs, survey methods, and how systematic collection of information can minimize alternative explanations in social psychology. It discusses meta-analysis for interpreting the results of many social psychology experiments.
Section I: Causality 1. Inferences About Causality Section II: Experimental Research 2. Experimental Designs 3. Manipulating the Independent Variable 4. The Dependent Variable Section III: Alternatives to the Experimental Design 5. Nonexperimental Alternatives Section IV: Surveys-Measuring Attitudes or Opinions of a Population 6. Measuring Attitudes or Opinions 7. Administering the Questionnaire 8. Research Methods: Some Things Don't Change 9. Meta-Analysis: New Methods of Analyzing Old Data