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PSYC 200: Measurement and Data Analysis in Psychology

Professor Mitch Campbell - Spring 2024

What is PsycINFO?

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Below are all the categories you can use to limit a search. Some popular categories are Tests & Measures, Methodology (i.e empirical study or literature review), and Population.


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Finding Relevant Articles

When you're reading through articles, you're probably used to reading to find information relevant to your topic. But keep an eye out for these other aspects to help you find even more relevant articles:

  • Authors that show up a lot.
  • Journals that publish in the area you're interested in.
  • Words or phrases that might better describe your topic.
  • Other articles that are cited that may be relevant.

Example for the topic of virtual reality for the treatment of phobias.

Tortella-Feliu, M., Botella, C., Llabrés, J., Bretón-López, J., del Amo, A., Baños, R. M., & Gelabert, J. M. (2011). Virtual reality versus computer-aided exposure treatments for fear of flying. Behavior Modification, 35(1), 3-30.

        Many computer-assisted treatment procedures have been developed for use in clinical psychology. In parallel, a surge of research in this new field has provided increasing evidence that several kinds of computer-assisted treatment procedures are highly effective in treating anxiety disorders, especially phobic disorders (Cuijpers, Marks, van Straten, Cavanagh, & Andersson, 2009; Krijn, Emmelkamp, Olafsson, & Biemond, 2004; Marks, Cavanagh, & Gega, 2007a; Parsons & Rizzo, 2008; Powers & Emmelkamp, 2008). Depending upon the type of technology used and the main goals for using computers and other electronic devices in psychological treatment, at least two broad categories of computer-assisted treatments have emerged: virtual reality (VR) and computer-aided psychotherapy. We fully recognize, as do other authors (e.g., Marks & Cavanagh, 2009; Marks et al., 2007a) that the distinction between these categories is fuzzy; however, until recently, research on VR and other computer-based psychological treatments has evolved independently as two separate research paths.