- Provides a comprehensive summary of issues in social science experimentation, from ethics to design, management, and financing
- Offers "how-to" explanations of the problems and challenges faced by everyone involved in social science experiments
- Pays attention to both practical problems and to theoretical and philosophical arguments
- Defines commonalities and distinctions within and among experimental situations across the social sciences
While there are many books available on statistical analysis of data from experiments, there is significantly less available on the design, development, and actual conduct of the experiments. Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences summarizes how to design and conduct scientifically sound experiments, be they from surveys, interviews, observations, or experimental methods. The book encompasses how to collect reliable data, the appropriate uses of different methods, and how to avoid or resolve common problems in experimental research. Case study examples illustrate how multiple methods can be used to answer the same research questions and what kinds of outcome would result from each methodology. Sound data begins with effective data collection. This book will assist students and professionals alike in sociology, marketing, political science, anthropology, economics, and psychology.
The book will be used in methods classes and for work in social science laboratories in sociology, marketing, political science, anthropology, economics, and psychology.
Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition
Part I - Designing and Conducting Experiments
Chapter 1 - Why Do Experiments?
Murray Webster, Jr., and Jane Sell
Chapter 2 - Ethics and Experiments
Karen A. Hegtvedt
Chapter 3 - Logical and Philosophical Foundations of Experimental Research in the Social Sciences
Shane R. Thye
Chapter 4 - Training Interviewers and Experimenters
Robert K. Shelly
Chapter 5 - Human Participants in Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences
Will Kalkhoff, Reef Youngreen, Leda Nath, and Michael J. Lovaglia
Chapter 6 - Developing Your Experiment
Lisa Slattery Walker
Chapter 7 - Common Problems and Solutions in Experiments
Kathy J. Kuipers and Stuart J. Hysom
Part II - Experiments Across the Social Sciences
Chapter 8 - Laboratory Experiments in Sociology
Morris Zelditch, Jr.
Chapter 9 - Experiments on Exchange Relations and Exchange Networks in Sociology
Linda D. Molm
Chapter 10 - Social Dilemma Experiments in Sociology, Psychology, Political Science and Economics
Jane Sell and Bruce Reese
Chapter 11 - Hypotheses, Operationalizations, and Manipulation Checks
Chapter 12 - The Standardized Experimental Situation in Expectation State Research: Notes on History, Uses, and Special Features
Chapter 13 - Experimental Political Science
Chapter 14 - Voting and Agenda Setting in Political Science and Economics
Rick K. Wilson
Chapter 15 - Economic Games for Social Scientists
Chapter 16 - Solving Coordination Problems, Experimentally
Giovanna Devetag and Andreas Ortmann
Chapter 17 - Experimental Studies of Media Stereotyping Effects
Srividya Ramasubramanian and Chantrey J. Murphy
Chapter 18 - Judgment and Decision-Making
Michael K. Lindell
Chapter 19 - Experiments in Organizational Behavior
Stefan Thau, Marko Pitesa, and Madan Pillutla
Part III - Applied Research and Proposals
Chapter 20 - Conducting Applied Experimental Research
James E. Driskell, Jennifer King, and Tripp Driskell
Chapter 21 - Funding Experiments, Writing Proposals
Murray Webster, Jr.
Quotes and reviews
"...the strongest part of this book were the chapters on methodology and on experimental implementation. The methodological discussions and concepts were excellent...and the advice for implementation covered quite a lot of ground."
--Rachol Croson, University of Texas at Dallas in Journal of Economic Psychology, 2008
"...this is a long-awaited volume, which will serve many social scientists well into the future as a guide to experimentation in a very pragmatic sense."
-Contemporary Sociology, 37,6