Experimental Psychology: A Case Approach, 9th Edition (Paperback) book cover

Experimental Psychology

A Case Approach, 9th Edition

By M. Kimberly MacLin


520 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780367406547
pub: 2019-11-27
SAVE ~$23.99
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 27th November 2019
Hardback: 9780367406523
pub: 2019-11-27
SAVE ~$54.00
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 27th November 2019

FREE Standard Shipping!


MacLin combines a text and case approach to examine methods of experimental psychology. Using published research findings, students read, critique, and analyze over seventy five actual experiments, representing every major area of psychology - from animal studies to child psychology.

This textbook is designed to engage students on a deeper and more relatable level with ethical experimental design and analysis. It provides them with real world information about how science in psychology is conducted and how they can participate.


In easy to read, conversational language, MacLin explores the active processes of reading, learning, thinking, generating ideas, designing experiments (amongst others) in relation to a wide variety of subdisciplines in psychology, like behavior neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, developmental and social psychology. Part One is content orientated and provides an overview of the principles of experimental design. Whilst Part Two contains annotated research articles for students to read and analyze. Classic articles have been retained, but many new ones have been added, featuring contemporary case studies, information on the Open Science movement, and with expanded coverage on ethics in research.

This book is essential reading for students and researchers interested in and studying experimental psychology.


"In the 9th Edition, MacLin provides critical updates to her comprehensive textbook designed for an undergraduate research methods in psychology course. After reviewing foundational principles inherent to research methodology within psychological science, MacLin demonstrates these concepts in the context of published studies from various subfields within psychology. Importantly, MacLin expands upon fundamental ethical considerations to highlight current issues pertaining to responsible conduct within psychological science. This strategic update is not only commendable, but should be regarded as an indispensable component of the pedagogy used to train future generations of psychological scientists."

Dwight J. Peterson, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

"To my students’ benefit, I used Experimental Design in Psychology: A Case Approach for many years while teaching Research Methods in Psychology. MacLin’s revised 9th Edition retains the tried-and-true approachable writing she started with Solso and reinvigorates it with an astonishingly refreshing and smooth conversational discourse to introduce topics throughout the book. For those of us teaching research methods, we can hardly do better by our students in asking them to read Maclin’s textbook and by ourselves in reading it and improving our conversation starters about elements of psychological research!"

Fábio P. Leite, Ph.D., The Ohio State University at Lima

"Experimental Design in Psychology: A Case Approach 9th Edition by M. Kimberly MacLin conveys the process of scientific inquiry in a way that will appeal to a new generation of students whether they are budding researchers or simply completing a research requirement. The case approach provides contemporary and classic examples from across the sub-disciplines of psychology and the step-by-step discussion related to how to read, assess, and use scientific information is sure to appeal to students motivated to distinguish 'fake' from 'fact' and information from knowledge."

Kimberley A. McClure, Western Illinois University

Table of Contents

Part One: Basic Principles in Experimental Psychology

Chapter 1. An Introduction to Scientific Inquiry

Chapter 2. The Psychological Literature: Reading for Understanding and as a Source of Research Ideas

Chapter 3. Basic Experimental Design in Psychology

Chapter 4. Advanced Design Techniques

Chapter 5. Using Experimental Design to Control Variables

Chapter 6. Control of Subject Variables

Chapter 7. Design Critiques

Chapter 8. Ethics of Experimental Research

Chapter 9. The Research Process

Chapter 10. The Look of Love

Chapter 11. Emotions and Chronic Fatigue

Chapter 12. Temperature and Loneliness

Chapter 13. Violent Media

Chapter 14. Aggression & Schizophrenia

Chapter 15. Workplace Deviance

Chapter 16. Controlling Racial Prejudice

Chapter 17. Children’s Reasoning

Chapter 18. False Confessions

Chapter 19. Androgens and Toy Preferences

Chapter 20. Language Trained Chimpanzees

Chapter 21. Peer Excellence & Quitting

Chapter 22. Remembering and Eyes

Chapter 23. Non-Suicidal Self Injury

Chapter 24. Police Responses to Criminal Suspects

Chapter 25. Sleep Learning

A Final Final Note

Appendix A: Computational Procedures for Basic Statistics

Appendix B: Statistical Tables




Name Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Kim MacLin, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa. She has won several awards including the State of Iowa Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service. Previous editions of Experimental Design in Psychology: A Case Approach has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Turkish, and Russian.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology
PSYCHOLOGY / Statistics
PSYCHOLOGY / Experimental Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Assessment, Testing & Measurement