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ERIC Number: EJ938730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul-26
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1088-7423
Developing a Social Psychological Laboratory on a Shoestring
Sell, Jane; Hysom, Stuart; Lang, Louis; Love, Tony P.; Manago, Bianca; Le, Huong; Spivey, Tiffany
Current Research in Social Psychology, v16 n8 Jul 2011
One of the most vexing issues faced by experimental social psychologists is the creation and subsequent maintenance of a laboratory. Consequently, well-equipped experimental sociology laboratories are most likely to be found in institutions with larger resources and an established history of experimental research. Smaller institutions or those that lack resources cannot afford to furnish laboratories, especially if relatively few researchers will be using them. All these things contribute to a problematic situation for a sole experimentalist or experimentalists in institutions in which resources are difficult to obtain. But, there may be an exciting solution. The authors have been experimenting on new forms of technology, iPod Touches in particular, that have three extraordinary characteristics: they are relatively inexpensive; they are mobile, and software and software updates are readily available. The authors describe the potential for handheld devices to change the way experimental social psychology can be conducted. They argue that the new technology provides affordability and portability and creates new design possibilities. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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