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The Process of Research and Statistical Analysis in Psychology

The Process of Research and Statistical Analysis in Psychology

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512 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Process of Research and Statistical Analysis in Psychology presents integrated coverage of psychological research methods and statistical analysis to illustrate how these two crucial processes work together to uncover new information. Best-selling author Dawn M. McBride draws on over 20 years of experience using a practical step-by-step approach in her teaching to guide students through the full process of designing, conducting, and presenting a research study. The text opens with introductory discussions of why psychologists conduct and analyze research before digging into the process of designing an experiment and performing statistical analyses. Each chapter concludes with exercises and activities that promote critical thinking, the smart consumption of research, and practical application. Students will come away with a complete picture of the role that research plays in psychology as well as their everyday lives.

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Chapter 1: Psychological Research: The Whys and Hows of the Scientific Method and Statistic
Chapter 2: Developing a Research Question and Understanding Research Reports
Chapter 3: Ethical Guidelines for Psychological Research
Chapter 4: Probability and Sampling
Chapter 5: How Psychologists Use the Scientific Method: Data Collection Techniques and Research Designs
Chapter 6: Descriptive Statistics
Chapter 7: Independent Variables and Validity in Research
Chapter 8: One-Factor Experiments
Chapter 9: Hypothesis-Testing Logic
Chapter 10: t Tests
Chapter 11: One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
Chapter 12: Correlation Tests and Simple Linear Regression
Chapter 13: Chi-Square tests
Chapter 14: Multi-Factor Experiments
Chapter 15: Two-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
Chapter 16: One-Way Within-Subjects Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
Appendix A: Sample APA-style Research Report
Appendix B: Conducting Statistical Tests with Excel


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  • answers to all of the Test Yourself sections that appear at the end of each chapter.

“This text provides an introduction to the entire research process from the development of the research question to the analysis of data. There is a stepwise, methodical approach to each aspect of research design and analysis, which undergraduate students are likely to find approachable.”

Emily Coyle
Saint Martin’s University
Key features


  • Organization of topics mirrors the steps in the research process to create logical scaffolding upon which students can build their knowledge.
  • Repeated exposure to concepts and skills in multiple contexts allows students to revisit information to maximize retention.
  • Research examples from published studies and activities from a wide range of areas in psychology give students a useful overview of real research.
  • Stop and Think sections throughout chapters and end-of-chapter quizzes give students opportunities to recall information and master the material.
  • Thinking About Research sections at the end of chapters provide a summary of empirical studies along with questions to stimulate critical thinking about chapter concepts.
  • Applying Your Knowledge sections prompt students to practice application of concepts to reinforce their learning.
  • SPSS® and Excel® instructions for statistics allow more flexibility in how students learn to calculate statistics using software.
  • A supplemental lab manual available for the text offers students additional practice of research methods skills and activities related to conducting their own research project.

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ISBN: 9781544361994