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date: 01 October 2020

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This chapter includes concrete and practical ideas and activities that might fit and work in your course to engage students in learning experimental psychology research skills across topic areas in the psychology curriculum, whether you are a beginning or veteran teacher. My own history of adapting and implementing best practices to teach experimental psychology over four decades has influenced my thinking, and pedagogy, and informs the recommendations in this chapter. The chapter begins with historical roots of experimentation in psychological science, then grows to include contemporary ideas about student learning, teaching goals, and other resources to make use of investigative activities, including suggestions about Why? When? What? How? Who? And, Where? Future directions include ideas from NSF-sponsored research to teach experimental research-oriented skills by incorporating developments in psychophysiology neuroscience to explore mind-body interactions, with links to successful examples across America.

Keywords: assessment, best practices, engagement, experimental psychology, future directions, history of psychology, investigative activities, neuroscience, partnerships, preceptors, psychophysiology, resources, student learning, syllabus, Teaching goals

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