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ERIC Number: ED082480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 7
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Computers in the Training of Experimental Inquiry in Psychology.
Osgood, Gilbert W.; And Others
A program called Experiment Writer (EW) was designed to enable students to use the computer to sample a range of experimentation situations. EW was used by 20 students in an Advanced Experimental Psychology course; hardware consisted of a PDP-10 computer, and a PDP-15 computer with 12K of core memory and two time-shared stations. Experimental design using EW required three steps: 1) creation of files, 2) trial definition, and 3) block definition. Students performed two teacher-designed experiments to familiarize themselves with variability and the logical relation of experimental design to psychological questions. They next ran each other as subjects on a teacher-designed experiment and devised an experiment of their own dealing with information and reaction time. The third phase of the course taught them how to use EW, thus giving them full control over the computer. Following this, they designed an experiment creating files and block definitions. For the final exam they designed and ran experiments based upon a methodology presented in a paper. Evaluation indicated that EW successfully introduced students to experimental inquiry and showed that student reaction was favorable. (PB)
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Sponsor: Advanced Research Projects Agency (DOD), Washington, DC.
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