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Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

Third Edition (Updated Edition)

July 2022 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Updated Third Edition has been fully revised for the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2020), both in the APA style sections within content and the references. The language within the text has been updated to be as inclusive as possible regarding all aspects of identity. The APA sections on style, paper preparation, and ethics have been updated and the text itself has been formatted in the 7th edition style to better reflect the latest style guidance. 

Both comprehensive and clear, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, Third Edition author Gregory J. Privitera employs a problem-focused approach to introduce research methods. A conversational writing tone speaks to learners directly, empowering students to view research methods as something they are capable of understanding and applying. Within each chapter, students draw conclusions by following the scientific process. To do enable this, Privitera fully integrates the research methods decision tree—from choosing a research design to choosing an appropriate statistic—to encourage students to select the most appropriate methodology for the research question they're seeking to answer. Greg Privitera covers the full scope of methodologies from non-experimental to quasi-experimental to experimental in a straightforward, unbiased manner.

About the Author
To the Student—How to Use SPSS With This Book
Chapter 1 • Introduction to Scientific Thinking
Chapter 2 • Generating Testable Ideas
Chapter 3 • Research Ethics
Chapter 4 • Identifying Scientific Variables
Chapter 5 • Sampling From Populations
Chapter 6 • Choosing a Research Design
Chapter 7 • Naturalistic, Qualitative, and Existing Data Research Designs
Chapter 8 • Survey and Correlational Research Designs
Chapter 9 • Quasi-Experimental and Single-Case Experimental Designs
Chapter 10 • Between-Subjects Experimental Designs
Chapter 11 • Within-Subjects Experimental Designs
Chapter 12 • Factorial Experimental Designs
Chapter 13 • Analysis and Interpretation: Exposition of Data
Chapter 14 • Analysis and Interpretation: Making Decisions About Data
Chapter 15 • Communicating Research: Preparing Manuscripts, Posters, and Talks
Appendix A: APA-Style Writing, Sample Manuscript, and Posters
Appendix B: Instructions for Randomizing and Counterbalancing
Appendix C: SPSS General Instructions Guide and Statistical Tables


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Key features


  • The Updated Edition reflects and incorporates the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2020). 
  • Chapter 15 and Appendix A of the Updated Edition have been revised to reflect citation style and formatting changes in APA 7th edition, as well as new recommendations for unbiased language regarding gender and sexuality.
  • Chapter 8 of the Updated Edition makes new recommendations for listing gender identities of research participants.
  • Throughout the Updated Edition, examples now uses gender-neutral and gender-inclusive language including caregiver status. 
  • References and Citations are now formatted according to APA 7th edition regarding authorship, location, and DOI links to better demonstrate accurate citation styles.
  • All other new elements from the Third Edition are included in this Updated Edition.
  • Testing the Assumptions of Parametric Testing features balance the coverage of this final analysis step in quantitative research by: making students aware of the assumptions; connecting readers to where in the book they can learn about nonparametric alternatives to this testing; and providing students with a more balanced perspective for choosing appropriate statistical analyses to analyze quantitative data.
  • Additional and updated examples clarify distinguishing between basic and applied research, types of validity and reliability, and more.
  • Hypothesis methodology linked to current examples help students realize the value and real-world application of research design in the behavioral sciences, and connects them to examples in research that they can relate to their own experiences and interests.
  • Content reflective of SPSS® v.25 incorporates new selection options required to analyze data in chapters and in Appendix B.
  • An updated study guide helps students practice their skills with SPSS® exercises.
  • Revised figures, tables, and writing improve readability of the material.
  • Over 130 new references reflect the latest scholarship and perspectives and replace relatively outdated references.


  • A problem-focused organization of five main sections that each build upon the last give students a full picture of the scientific process.
  • Ethics in Focus sections integrated throughout review important ethical issues related to the topics in each chapter.
  • Coverage of three broad categories of research design (nonexperimental, quasi-experimental, and experimental) focuses on understanding how, when, and why research designs are used, and the types of questions each design can and cannot answer.
  • A guide at the front of the book, How to Use SPSS®  With This Book, provides students with an easy-to-follow, classroom-tested overview of how SPSS® is set up, how to read the Data View and Variable View screens, and how to use the SPSS® in Focus sections in the book.
  • SPSS® in Focus sections provide step-by-step instruction using practical research examples for how the data measured using various research designs taught in each chapter can be analyzed using SPSS®.
  • Learning Objectives organize student learning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter and are answered in chapter-concluding summaries.
  • Learning Checks with answer keys allow students to review what they learn as they learn it and actually confirm their understanding.
  • Making Sense sections break down the most difficult concepts to ease student stress and make research methods more approachable.
  • APA appendices support learning of APA style with a guide to grammar, punctuation, and spelling; a full sample APA-style manuscript from a study published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal; instructions for creating posters using PowerPoint®, and more.

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