Virtual Psychology Labs

  • AUTHORS: Gregory S. Francis; Ian Neath
  • ISBN-13: 9781111301378 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • Mixed Media 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

Written by the authors of CogLab, Greg Francis, Purdue University, and Ian Neath, Memorial University, Cengage Virtual Psychology Labs is a virtual laboratory experience for students in the Introductory Psychology course. Designed to illustrate key experiments in Psychology which are not easily demonstrated in the classroom, the Virtual Psychology Labs takes a student's experience beyond the book and the classroom. Students experience the research method first-hand, with immediate explanations and assessment following each completed experiment. Psychology is fundamentally an empirical science whose topics and conclusions are defined by experiments that measure human behavior. To understand the conclusions and implications of many experiments it is important for psychology students to learn about the details of experimental methods. These details often cannot be easily described in a textbook or lecture but can be provided in a laboratory situation where the student participates in a version of the experiment. This experience complements textbook and lecture materials and fills in many missing details of what an experiment "feels like."


  • Features 19 key experiments important to the Introductory Psychology course.
  • Each virtual lab engages the students in the research method, and data summaries let the student see his or her own results immediately.
  • Immediate explanations and assessment follow each completed experiment, reinforcing key concepts.

About the Contributor

  • Gregory S. Francis

    Greg Francis is a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. He earned his Ph.D. in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University in 1993. His research investigates properties of neural networks and visual perception. He also was coauthor of the Coglab Reader, Coglab on a CD, and Social Psychology Laboratory.

  • Ian Neath

    Ian Neath is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University in 1991. His research currently focuses on seeking evidence for general principles of memory that apply widely over different time scales, different tests, and different hypothetical underlying memory systems. In addition to publishing many articles on memory in peer-reviewed journals, he co-authored the Cengage textbook HUMAN MEMORY: AN INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH, DATA, AND THEORY, 2nd edition; COGLAB on a CD; and COGLAB Reader.

Table of Contents

1. Stroop Effect.
2. Memory Span.
3. Decision Making.
4. Facial Expressions.
5. False Memory.
6. Visual Search.
7. Classical Conditioning.
8. Judging Leadership.
9. Mental Rotation.
10. Müller-Lyer Illusion.
11. Speeded Reaction Time.
12. Wason Selection.
13. Don't Shoot.
14. Prototypes.
15. Self Description.
16. Stress and Memory.
17. Change Detection.
18. Personality Test.
19. Instrumental Conditioning.