Lessons on Running a Laboratory Experiment (in Graduate School)

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Experimentation has taken on a new life in political science. As the use of experimental methods proliferates, it is important for researchers to share their experiences and best practices, particularly with early-career researchers. This article provides reflections from practical experience in the laboratory, particularly geared toward graduate students and early-career researchers who are conducting their first laboratory experiment. These lessons do not apply only to first-time experimenters. Experiences are presented regarding time management, using confederates and deception, incentivizing participation, and keeping a laboratory notebook. Finally, early-career researchers are encouraged to go for it if the methods are appropriate to their research question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-409
Number of pages4
JournalPS - Political Science and Politics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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