Using engaging prose, Mary E. Harrington introduces neuroscience students to the principles of scientific research including selecting a topic, designing an experiment, analyzing data, and presenting research. This new third edition updates and clarifies the book's wealth of examples while maintaining the clear and effective practical advice of the previous editions. New and expanded topics in this edition include techniques such as optogenetics and conditional transgenes as well as a discussion of rigor and reproducibility in neuroscience research. Extended coverage of descriptive and inferential statistics arms readers with the analytical tools needed to interpret data. Throughout, practical guidelines are provided on avoiding experimental design problems, presenting research including creating posters and giving talks, and using a '12-step guide' to reading scientific journal articles.
Table of Contents
1. The varieties of scientific experience; 2. Research ethics; 3. Getting started; 4. Observational research designs; 5. Describing your results; 6. The experiment; 7. Refining experimental tools and questions; 8. Statistical approaches; 9 Complex designs; 10. Communicating your results.