ERIC Number: ED157711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
New Research Paradigm for Applied Experimental Psychology: A System Approach. Revised Edition.
Simon, Charles W.
This document discusses and critically reviews problems existing with utilizing traditional experimental methods in psychology, particularly engineering psychology. Experimental and correlational data collection methods are defined and compared. Arguments are presented for merging the more productive features of each. The combined approach is proposed to emphasize the point-of-view of the Experimentalists in a way that would enable the holistic philosophy of the Correlationists to dominate. Philosophy, strategy, and techniques are described which can be combined into a new research paradigm for experimental psychology. A sequential process is proposed that enables systematic multifactor experiments to be performed with great economy. This involves: (1) defining the problem; (2) identifying the critical variables; (3) developing the response surface; (4) refining the equation; and (5) verifying the experimental results. Conclusions and references are also presented. (HM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Canyon Research Group, Inc., Westlake Village, CA.
Note: Update to ED 150 006; Contains occasional light and broken type