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Elizabeth J. Meinz
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
A Rush to Judgment?: A Case of Research Ethics and Design

This case describes a study conducted by students in which a number of ethical issues arise, including the treatment of research participants and the supervision of student research assistants by faculty. By examining the way in which the study was conducted, students explore the basic principles of good experimental design. The case was developed for a sophomore-level research methods course as an introduction to research ethics and design. It could also be used in an introductory psychology course or other introductory-level science courses to illustrate the research process in science.

Paired Associates Learning, the Shortfalls of Behaviorism, and the Rise of Cognitivism 

In this interrupted case study, students learn about a series of studies conducted in the late '50s/early '60s by Robert Young at the University of Texas at Austin. The studies, which explored the type of phenomena that behaviorism has had a difficult time explaining, were instrumental in the rise of cognitive psychology. A set of PowerPoint presentations (available for download in Supplementary Materials) are used to run an in-class demonstration as explained in the teaching notes. The case was written for use in a cognitive psychology course, but could also be used in other psychology courses such as Introductory Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology, or other courses in which the contrast between behaviorist and cognitive explanations of behavior are discussed.