Experimental Methods in Political Science

  • McDermott R
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Abstract

This article reviews the use of experiments in political science. The beginning section offers an overview of experimental design and measures, as well as threats to internal and external validity, and discusses advantages and disadvantages to the use of experimentation. The number and placements of experiments in political science are reviewed. The bulk of the essay is devoted to an examination of what we have learned from experiments in the behavioral economics, political economy, and individual choice literatures.

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  • arm movements
  • eye movements
  • optic flow
  • spatial representations

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  • Rose McDermott

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