Researchers Need To Learn About The New Methods

In this volume a number of relatively new methods are described, such as computer-based testing and the experience-sampling method. Other methodologies such as the implicit reaction time method of assessing memory network relationships and the use of the Web to collect data are promising as well. We would like to encourage researchers to continue to scan the horizon for new methods that they can use in their studies. It is not that we should adopt new methods uncritically, or that new methods are necessarily superior. However, researchers do run a danger when they get locked into the use of a single method and use it repeatedly over years of study. The findings become restricted to a single paradigm and type of measure, and often researchers cannot see the broader picture. Thus, examining and trying new methods goes along with the point we made earlier—it is important to use more than one measurement method—and sometimes it is worth trying novel methods.

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